ABOUT US

“Know you belong here. You belong here and everything you feel is okay.”

– ANDREA GIBSON
about us

Door of the Soul

When we become wrapped up in stuck patterns, it is often connection with others that we need most; yet what is most difficult to receive.

Most clients desire (in some capacity) to feel secure, worthy, valuable, lovable, and “normal”. It is through the process of trust, vulnerability, and connection, that we begin to see ourselves more clearly and more fully. In relationship to a trusted “other”, we gain deeper insight to our inherent value, worth, love & purpose.

We are dedicated to helping people move through their challenges and feelings of disconnection and stuck-ness, and into a life with greater vitality and meaning.

 

We are honored and privileged to walk with you on this

journey of being human.

“There comes a point where we need to stop pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out

why they’re falling in.

 

~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

about us

Our Team

Christy Plaice, LPC, MAC, CCT

Psychotherapist + Founder

“I know what it’s like to suffer, feel lost, and feel alone. I also know what it’s like to trust, access vulnerability, and discover true freedom and joy.”

Christy Plaice is a creative light in the therapeutic community. As a licensed professional counselor in private practice she works with adolescents, adults, families, and groups. Her personalized approach and gentle honesty is rooted in humanistic, somatic attachment re-patterning, enriched in neuroscience, polyvagal theory, & experiential psychologies. She has extensive education & clinical experience working in substance abuse/addiction, PHP/IOP settings, experiential therapeutic communities, residential wilderness therapy, department of juvenile justice, and non-profit work with human sex trafficking. 

In addition to her private practice work, she has completed a year-long masters class advanced program – somatic experiencing using touch therapy with complex trauma survivors.

I am encouraged by the resilience of the human spirit. We have an incredible ability to heal and make meaning internally and rippling out into our community. I believe it is not only possible, but necessary and vital that each of us find our ways back to healing and wholeness.

 

I am uniquely trained in attachment re-patterning, which focuses on transforming patterns of relationship difficulties to cultivating and sustaining satisfying, safe, bonding relationships. My approach to healing is enriched with neuroscience, based in knowledge that we are hard-wired for secure bonding and change.

 

I am deeply honored and humbled to step into this relationship with you…

Professional Experience

As a licensed professional counselor (LPC), I have provided psychotherapy, counseling, presentations/trainings, consultations, supervision, and leadership in a variety of arenas:

  • Clinical Consultant for outpatient & residential treatment programs to provide training to direct care staff on a variety of clinical topics.
  • Clinical Director of a young adult wilderness therapy program
  • Clinical Director of a recovery transitional living program for young adult men
  • Developed and facilitated Accountability & Substance Abuse Court for Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Athletic counseling for injured athletes returning to their sport
  • Young adult addiction clinician specializing in substance abuse and trauma at Foundations Recovery Network IOP

Education & Credentials

  • Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling 
  • Master’s in Addiction Counseling (MAC) 
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia 
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • National Certification in Child Trauma (CCT) from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress & National Center for Crisis Management. 

Jessica Perez

MSW, LCSW

“And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

– Mark Anthony

 

Jessica Perez is a licensed master’s social worker (LMSW) and obtained her graduate degree from the University of Georgia. She began her start in the field in 2010 volunteering at a grief camp for kids over the death of a loved one: a parent or sibling. Jessica has professional experience with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. Jessica has worked or volunteered as a counselor/therapist at Gwinnett County Detention center, Positive Impact Health Centers in Atlanta, and in community mental health. Jessica is a Program Therapist at a leading local psychiatric hospital in the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program.

Population of clients: Ages 13 and older

Areas of experience include: crisis stabilization, addiction, academic/vocational issues, mood disorders & grief work.

Therapeutic modalities incorporated into sessions (client by client basis):
Trauma informed cognitive behavioral therapy, reality based therapy and attachment based exploration

Jessica will be working under the direction & supervision of Christy Plaice, LPC, MAC, CCT while seeing clients at Door of the Soul.

“We all may have times when we can’t see our own strength. As a therapist, my goal is to help people learn to see that no matter how far down they have gone or how dim their fire is- they already possess passion, courage and can overcome fear. I believe in the power of therapy because there was a time when I, too, needed someone to help lift me up.”

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Psi Alpha Honor Society

David Purcell

Practice Manager

David Purcell joined Door of the Soul in 2016 and is an integral component for the practice. David is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a BBA degree in General Business. David is a results-oriented and continuous improvement-driven manager with over 30 years of experience with an accounting and finance focus. He has previously been employed with GE Capital and Automatic Data Processing prior to joining our team. His primary roles include all aspects of managing the revenue and expenses for the practice. He also ensures quality, accuracy, and HIPAA compliant confidentiality. He provides invoices and superbills for our clients.

David and his wife have relocated to Cumming after residing in Roswell for 32 years. They have 2 adult daughters that live in Roswell.

we invite you

Into a safe & supportive office space where you no longer have to walk your journey alone.

If you are a new client and would like to schedule a therapy session, please click here to complete a brief intake form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.