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John Ballew counselor

Looking for a counselor in Atlanta?

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


Building and maintaining

satisfying lives and relationships by…counseling office

  • Overcoming depression and anxiety, experienced by 1 in 5 Americans.  If you’ve had feelings of hopelessness or unhappiness for more than a few weeks, or if anxiety has become hard to escape, a counselor can help.
  • Strengthening relationships.  Whether you’re seeking or starting a relationship, wanting to build or deepen your partnership or dealing with the end of a relationship, you don’t have to work through this alone.  I also provide pre-marital counseling.
  • Enhancing sexuality and intimacy, including finding more fulfillment and pleasure and addressing problems like lack of desire or performance issues.  LGBT issues are a particular concern of mine.
  • Getting unstuck in life, overcoming unproductive patterns that keep us from being happy.  Counseling can help get life back on track.

I work with individuals and couples. My couples counseling includes work with all sorts of traditional and non-traditional relationships.  One of the great things about being a counselor in Atlanta is the opportunity to work with all sorts of men and women in our diverse community; my clients come from all ethnic and racial backgrounds.  Many are busy professionals looking for help in balancing work and life.

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.

The decision to find a counselor isn’t always an easy one – especially if you’ve not sought professional help before.  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, so 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


 John Ballew CounselorAbout 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.  You’ll find I’m open-hearted and a good listener.

Good therapy 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 per-conceived or one-size-fits-all approach to emotional health.

I limit the number of clients I work with so I can provide each person with the best possible care and attention.  My intention is to keep us focused on your goals, which helps make counseling more effective. I invite you to explore the articles I’ve written on topics many of my clients have brought to counseling.  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.

I welcome the opportunity to talk with you about working together.  Counseling is an investment of time and resources, and I want you to know you’ve made the right decision.

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.