Akemi McGoogan, LCSW - Georgia Therapist at Grow Therapy

Akemi McGoogan

Akemi McGoogan


17 years of experience

Welcome! Thank you for stopping by! I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Georgia and North Carolina. I received my bachelor’s in Social Work from NC Central University in Durham, NC (Eagle Pride!) and my master’s in Direct Practice Social Work from SUNY Albany in Albany, NY. I am a motivational therapist and believe nothing will change unless you do! I believe in the law of attraction, holistic therapies and manifest anything we want in our lives. It all begins with our thoughts. I am passionate about helping change our thoughts from defeat to being empowered. Although I enjoy working with all populations, I have a tender heart for clients affectionally known as “Mom!” I recently authored two books: “15 Minute Journal Prompts for the Postpartum Mom” and “Mindful Mandalas for Moms.” I have experience working with children, military servicemen/women, couples and young adults. I am a knowledgeable, warm and goal-oriented therapist. I use a variety of treatment modalities depending on your needs. I primarily focus on: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Mindfulness Acceptance and Commitment Focused Therapy I’m happy to refer individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder, borderline PD, schizophrenia, eating disorders or substance abuse disorders to one of my colleagues. I meet you exactly where you are with 0 judgement. I'd love to help you move from feeling anxious, confused, depressed or “stuck” to gaining clarity, feeling hopeful, happy and “unstuck”! Let's make the world your oyster! It would be my pleasure to work with you. Akemi McGoogan, MSW, LCSW

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

During our initial session, you'll step into a warm and nurturing atmosphere, designed to foster openness and be a safe place for you. It's a space where you can freely express yourself while we embark on a journey of mutual discovery. We'll delve into the reasons behind your decision to seek therapy, explore your life experiences, and address any questions you might have along the way. Think of my sessions as akin to Planet Fitness—a judgement free from judgment where authenticity reigns supreme. Here, you're empowered to embrace your true self without reservation, knowing that you're in a safe and supportive environment.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

As a therapist with over 17 years of experience, I take pride in listening, getting to the heart of the matter and serving in an empowering way. I am down to earth, personable and respectful. Therapy isn't just a "job" is my passion and life's purpose.

About Akemi McGoogan

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My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

I help clients understand how their thoughts influence their feelings and actions. Together, we work to reframe unhelpful thoughts, develop healthier coping strategies, and cultivate more adaptive behaviors.

Christian Counseling

I integrate faith-based principles and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to support individuals in their journey towards healing and spiritual growth. Through prayer, scripture study, and reflection, I help clients deepen their connection with God and discern His will for their lives.

Solution Focused Brief Treatment

I prioritize efficiency and practicality to help clients achieve their goals in a limited time frame. By focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems, I guide clients to identify their strengths, resources, and previous successes. Through targeted questions and goal-setting techniques, we quickly hone in on specific, achievable objectives.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy

, I guide clients to cultivate present-moment awareness and non-judgmental acceptance of their thoughts, emotions, and sensations. Through mindfulness practices such as meditation, deep breathing, and body scans, clients learn to observe their experiences without becoming overwhelmed by them.

Mind-body approach

In a mind-body approach to therapy, I integrate psychological techniques with practices that promote physical health and well-being. This approach recognizes the interconnectedness of the mind and body, emphasizing the impact of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors on physical health and vice versa. Through interventions such as relaxation techniques, guided imagery, and biofeedback, clients learn to harness the body's innate healing capacities and reduce symptoms of stress and illness. By