Dawn M. Echols is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia, with an additional clinical qualification obtained by voluntary examination (NCMHCE) in 2014. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Counseling & Psychology from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. Dawn holds an Associate’s degree in marketing and a Bachelor’s degree in music. Her professional background spans success in multiple industries, including sales, finance, and music. This experience honed her people skills and led her in the direction of psychology. Her counseling work includes private practice specialties, Employee Assistance Program work, addiction, and court-ordered treatment for offenders in domestic violence. As owner and executive director of Dawning Phoenix, LLC, she enjoys counseling individuals, couples, and groups for a variety of disorders. Her therapeutic approach includes exploring goal directed behavior and social interest while developing insight through mindfulness. Dawn is a trained mediator, specializing in divorce mediation and other forms of conflict resolution. She has worked as a certified FVIP (Family Violence Intervention Provider) facilitator and as an instructor in Prime for Life, the state-approved program for DUI schools. Dawn enjoys teaching psychology as a part-time professor. She speaks, trains, and writes on a variety of topics related to mental health, including intimate partner abuse and divorce.
Specialties: Dawn has conducted original research in domestic violence and writes, speaks, and trains on a variety of topics in mental health, including abusive dynamics in relationships. She has served in advocacy work for victims of domestic violence through volunteer work and public speaking. Her practice specialties include treatment of couples in marriage or partner counseling, generalized anxiety disorder, stress management, building healthy relationships, and navigating life transitions. She has been a Certified Family Violence Intervention Provider (facilitator) in the state of Georgia (2009-2011), a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (2012-2015), and a certified DUI Instructor in the state of Georgia (2010-2012).