Our Staff

Working with clients on life satisfaction, personal growth, and enhanced relationships create a higher quality of living and bring deep meaning to life experiences. Counseling or coaching can help. Working with clients on their most challenging issues requires a deep understanding of the individual, couple, family, or group seeking help, and counseling is valuable in these situations, especially more complex psychological, emotional, or relational difficulties. At Dawning Phoenix, you have a choice among a variety of services depending on client need. Counselors at Dawning Phoenix apply expertise to each client, whether the client is an individual, a couple, a family, or a support group united in a common goal. We maintain and improve our knowledge base in order to offer unique perspectives and insights to our clients. Our approaches are designed to assist others in the process of improving themselves and their lives. Don’t underestimate the importance of professional counseling or qualified coaching during a period of growth or crisis. Add a major stressor to day-to-day challenges, and someone may buckle under the strain of overwhelming demands. Many of us may occasionally lack the skills we need to cope with complexities of life, especially during times of transition or difficulty. Contact us; we can help.

Dawn M. Echols, M.S., LPC, CPCS – Owner & Executive Director

Gay Baldwin, M.A., LPC, CPCS, TMH-C – Online Counselor

Brooke M. Williams-Turk, M.S., LPC, Extensive CBT Training – Professional Counselor

About the Director

Dawn M. Echols is a licensed professional counselor and certified professional counselor supervisor, with an additional clinical qualification obtained by voluntary examination (NCMHCE) in 2014. She earned her Master’s of Science in Clinical Counseling & Psychology from Brenau University. Dawn offers counseling and life coaching, as well as brief solution-oriented therapy for conflict resolution using mediation techniques. Ms. Echols works extensively with couples as well as individual adults. She specializes in anxiety, conflict, relationship issues, divorce/divorce recovery, personal growth, spirituality, depression, aggression, and domestic violence/intimate partner abuse.

Dawn says: “It is so fulfilling to see clients grow & change in ways that improve their lives, relieve their suffering, and bring positive forces to work for them. I am dedicated to providing services that allow each individual to meet their life goals.” Read Full Bio

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About the Online Counselor (Telemental Health Provider)

Gay is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia, and has served in the field over fifteen years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University (2004). Read Full Bio

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Barton Smith

Barton Smith joins Dawning Phoenix as an intern from Brenau University with a bachelor’s in Psychology from Oglethorpe University, and a special focus on neuroscience and clinical psychology, while still an undergraduate. Barton’s career spans caregiving, event planning, retail experience, and working as a lay counselor, before beginning the pursuit of his master’s degree. He has volunteered for HIV/AIDS-related causes, worked with at-risk youth, and has specialty training in a variety of spiritual modalities and gerontology (psychology of aging). Barton says:

“My theoretical orientation is Adlerian-Existential. Depending upon the individual client, I often use intervention modalities from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  I maintain a Client-Centered approach, with the belief that the client is the truest expert on their values, therapeutic goals, and the process of discernment in the journey towards finding meaning in their particular circumstances. I have training in obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. I am a devout advocate for feminist as well as multicultural issues, and consider work with the LGBTQ+ community a specialization. Recovery from narcissistic and cultic abuse (spiritual-religious, political, commercial, and psychotherapeutic) have been an area of specialized research and interest for decades as well.”

We are pleased to announce Barton’s availability for client sessions at Dawning Phoenix at our intern rate. Please call (678) 802-9591 to schedule an appointment with Barton or inquire more about our services.


Brooke M. Williams-Turk, M.S., LPC, Extensive CBT Training

We are both sad and proud to announce that a change in Brooke’s full-time job status & responsibilities no longer permits her to see clients at Dawning Phoenix. We hope she can return to part-time private practice with us again soon! We wish her much success and are confident she will positively contribute in her new position!

Brooke Williams-Turk is a licensed professional counselor who has been with Dawning Phoenix since her internship in 2014. Read Full Bio

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