Beyond Words is a counseling center offering child, adolescent, adult, family and group psychotherapy as well as psychological evaluations and parent consultation services. Our main location is in northeast Atlanta, Georgia, with a satellite office in Roswell, approximately 20 miles north.
We provide both individual and group therapy services for children, adolescents and young adults struggling with a variety of psychological and social issues. These include Adjustment Issues; Depression; Social Anxiety; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Nonverbal Learning Disability; and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Not all of our clients have a clinical diagnosis.
Our group therapists use an extensive and flexible curriculum centered on engaging appropriately with others and building positive relationships in a fun and supportive environment. We offer many groups so that children can be placed appropriately with peers dealing with similar issues.
Beyond Words Center was founded by Jeffrey Jones, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist. Our original model focused on teaching nonverbal communication skills to children with Dyssemia (a term coined by Dr. Marshall P. Duke and Dr. Stephen Nowicki, referring to individuals who struggle with the sending and/or receiving of nonverbal information). We quickly realized the need to add training in basic social skills and developed a comprehensive curriculum. Over the years, our staff has grown, and we have served thousands of individuals.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Lisa Heimann, Beyond Words psychologists, specialize in child, adolescent and family psychotherapy and have each been in practice for over 30 years. In addition, both are Adjunct Professors of Psychology at Emory University. Dr. Jones has served as chair of the Georgia Psychological Association’s Division of Child, Family and School Psychology and is a member of the organization’s Ethics Committee. Dr. Heimann served as a psychologist with DeKalb County Schools for nearly two decades before joining the Beyond Words practice. Dr. Jones and Dr. Heimann met at Emory, where they each received their doctorates. They have been married since 1984 and have three adult sons.
The Beyond Words staff includes a team of licensed professional counselors, social workers and graduate interns. The center is a training site for graduate students from Emory University, Georgia State University, University of Georgia School of Social Work, Mercer University and Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Our research program is the result of a coordinated effort with Dr. Stephen Nowicki and graduate students from Emory University.
Meet the Professionals at Beyond Words Center
Jeffrey Jones, PhD
Dr. Jeffrey Jones has counseled children, adolescents and adults in individual, group and family therapy settings in the Atlanta area for over 30 years. He received his graduate training at Emory University and completed his dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Marshall P. Duke. In 1996, Dr. Jones opened Beyond Words Center. He has taught psychotherapy at Emory University's clinical psychology graduate program, served on the Ethics Committee of the Georgia Psychological Association and conducted workshops on child therapy and social skills training across the country. He is an adjunct faculty member at Emory University.
Lisa Heimann, PhD
Dr. Lisa Heimann received her graduate training at Emory University and completed her dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Nowicki. Dr. Heimann joined Beyond Words Center in 1998 after 17 years with DeKalb County Schools, where she served primarily as clinical coordinator at a psycho-educational center for students with emotional and behavioral problems. She has been working with children, adolescents and families since 1981. She is an adjunct faculty member at Emory University.
Maria Halpin, APC
Maria Halpin earned her Bachelor's degree in Family Studies from Miami University and holds a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Maria's clinical experience includes individual and group therapy for children and adolescents in school and clinic settings. She has experience applying client-centered and evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents with a number of concerns including anxiety, ADHD, depression, anger management, post-traumatic stress, and autism spectrum disorder.
Katie Kenreich, LMSW
Katie Kenreich earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Emory University and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Katie's clinical experience includes individual and group therapy with children, adolescents and adults. She has applied evidence-based and client-centered practices to a number of issues including social skills development, emotional regulation, anxiety, ADHD and family support.
Kishla Preston, LMSW
Kishla Preston holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Kishla’s clinical experience includes individual, group and family therapy in home and clinic settings. She has extensive experience using evidence-based interventions for children with varying diagnoses including ASD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder and Depression. Kishla has provided both crisis and case management services as well.
Porter Draughon, MCM
Porter Draughon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He is also a graduate of Southern Seminary where he earned his Master of Church Music degree. Having served as business manager for Atlanta’s Village of St. Joseph for over 15 years, which provided therapeutic services for children and adolescents, Porter brings extensive experience in mental health office and business management.