Shelina Atambona, MMFT, LAPC
The Seeds of the Past Bear Fruit in the Present
Humans are like trees in a way. When is tree is bearing fruit that isn’t sufficient, you can cut off the fruit and the branches and hope it regrows to what you want. But, the REAL issue is the roots!
We do the exact same thing in our own lives. When we have habits that prevent us from functioning in a healthy way, we try so many temporary solutions and hope things will be better. Reality is…until we address the roots of those habits, we continue to set ourselves up for feelings of regret, hopelessness, and other feelings that can lead to us doubting the fact that it CAN get better!
Looking at The Bigger Picture
Part of my training in Marriage and Family Therapy is making sure to look at the whole picture to better address the issues that hinder us. There is a reason why we do what we do. I will take your current issues and work backwards to find the root of it, for this is where the real healing can begin. Of course there will be pain and other feelings that may come up. With that said, we will always go at your speed. We will not dig into places that you are not ready for. I hope that with our continued relationship, that vulnerability will grow, and we can finally face those things together.
Program for Couples, Co-Parents, and more
For couples, looking at the bigger picture is a part of my treatment modality. However, I also use a tool called Prepare/Enrich that has been used for decades to help enrich relationships (as a couple and as parents) and prepare those who are interested in something long term, such as marriage. This program is normally done in 8 sessions (more if needed). During those 8 sessions, we will all walk through the core areas that promote a healthy relationships and address the ones that need help. More core areas are addressed based on how each couple answers the questions on their assessment. This program also helps LGBTQ+ couples. The basic areas that are covered include:
- Conflict Resolution
- Partner Styles and Habits
- Financial Management
- Leisure Activities
- Sexual Expectations
- Family and Friends
- Relationship Roles
- Spiritual Beliefs
Prepare/Enrich not only helps people who are in intimate relationships. The program has different assessments to help people who need help with co-parenting, couples who plan to adopt or become foster parents, or even couples who only need help finding the balance when it comes to parenting in general.
- Life transitions
- Family Conflict
- Peer Relationships
- School Issues
- Developing Coping Skills
- Christian Counseling
More About Me
I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor by the state of Georgia. I have my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University, and my Bachelor’s in Sociology and Anthropology from Valdosta State University. GO BLAZERS! Since being in the field, I have worked in private practice, prison, school, hospital, and partial hospitalization settings. While working in these settings, I have worked with adults, adolescents, and pre-teens. Issues I have covered include the issues I listed above, substance abuse, suicidal ideations, grief (pre-teens and adolescents only), depression, anxiety, organization, time management, anger management, friendship issues, and more. Over time, I realized that my heart is in helping adult individuals develop coping skills and helping couples enhance their relationships.
On a personal note, when I am not providing therapy, I am a stage actress. Musical Theatre is one of my passions and I love that I get to do it on the side. My favorite meal is spicy goat and jollof rice, thanks to my Cameroonian husband! I am a bariatric patient #SleevedLife. I’m the type of person who goes to the beach and can stay in the water for hours. Most importantly, I never give up. Not on myself and definitely not on other people.
Ready to start your journey with me? Contact the number below and let’s get started!