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John Ballew counselor

Counseling and psychotherapy in Midtown Atlanta

John R. Ballew, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor


I work with clients using teletherapy and online counseling.  Working this way is effective, convenient and secure.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact me.  

Life is challenging.  Counseling can help.

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I know it isn’t always easy to ask for help.  While some of the people who become my clients have worked with other therapists in the past, many others are working with a counselor for the first time.  I’ll help to demystify the process so we can work comfortably together.

People seek help for many reasons:

  • 1 in 5 Americans experience the hopelessness or unhappiness that comes from depression and anxiety.  I help clients overcome old patterns and move toward a more fulfilling life.

  • Sometimes we need help getting unstuck in life.  Feeling a bit lost or trapped in unproductive patterns?  Counseling can help you move beyond old patterns of thinking and acting that keep you from being happy.

  • Balancing life and work is a challenge for many busy professional men and women.  I can help you balance competing demands and move toward greater satisfaction in life. 

  • Sexuality and intimacy issues impact both single people and those in relationships.  These issues aren’t always easy to talk about, but you’ll find me a knowledgeable, supportive and nonjudgmental therapist.  (Working with LGBTQ people has always been a specific focus on mine.)

One of the things I love about practicing in Atlanta is the privilege of working in a diverse community.  My clients come from all socioeconomic, ethnic and racial backgrounds.  I work with adults of all ages.  My practice of counseling includes cognitive therapy, mindfulness and a client-centered approach.  My commitment is to help you make your life better.  I have a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University and years of on-going training in American Counseling Association membera host of techniques.  I am a member of the American Counseling Association, the LGBTQ Therapist Resource and the Metropolitan Atlanta Therapists’ Network.

I will do my best to create a safe and comfortable environment of you.  I’ll listen to your concerns and explain what I believe will help.  I want my clients to feel informed throughout our work together.  If you have questions I hope you’ll ask.   Information about my counseling and psychotherapy policies and practices will help you find out more about how I work.

John R. Ballew is listed at AllTherapist.com

About John

I have been  licensed by the State of Georgia as a professional counselor for more than 25 years.  My passion is helping people build happier lives and stronger relationships.

My approach to counseling is nonjudgmental and compassionate.  I know it isn’t always easy to talk about problems.

Effective counseling goes beyond just listening and support. I am engaged with my clients to help them gain greater self-understanding and make the changes that make life better. Our work together is determined by your goals, not a preconceived or one-size-fits-all approach to emotional health.

I limit the number of clients I work with so I can give you the best possible care and attention.  And whether you choose to work with me or not, you may want to look at my recommendations for getting the most from work with your counselor.

Want to talk about working together?  I’m happy to answer your questions.

Hours by appointment only.

John R. Ballew, M.S.

537 Linwood Ave., NE

Atlanta, GA  30306

(404) 874-8536


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Whether you've worked with a therapist before or are exploring counseling for the first time, you probably have questions.  It is important to have the information you need to make a good decision when selecting a therapist.  I welcome your questions -- about your specific situation, about me or about my approach to therapy. Making things better can start with an email, or you can call me at (404) 874-8536.