I am the founder and Clinical Director of The Resilience Group, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) and native of Savannah, GA. I have over 10 years of experience, that includes working in acute in-patient mental health treatment with children and adolescents and with adults with psychiatric, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders.
My practice now focuses on couples counseling, gender therapy, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, and personality disorders. I have completed over 50 hours of training in the area of Transgender mental health and a year of mentorship and consultation. I am also member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Healthcare Providers (WPATH). I have completed over 40 hours of education and training in the area of trauma and complex trauma, including correlation with addiction, and continue to focus on this as an area of interest and independent study. I maintain memberships with the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) and the Georgia Addictions Counselors Association (GACA) as well as the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCAGA) as part of my professional development and certifications, MAC and CPCS. I provide Clinical Supervision to interns and associate counselors as part of practice. I work to provide an affirming and accepting environment for all my clients, free from judgment and sensitive to and informed of the cultural factors that impact every individual.
Individually, I work with clients who are feeling overwhelmed with their life struggles or just feel like their life needs an overhaul. Sometimes we all just need that magic “reset” button but aren’t sure where to find it or how to make it work. Through therapy, I help my clients find their own strengths and resilience to overcome what is keeping them stuck. We work together to find a new perspective on those most challenging situations and the ruts that often feel impossible to get out of and reclaim your personal power.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. Having worked in a variety of clinical settings, I bring with me a wealth of experience in working with people from varied backgrounds and dealing with different mental health conditions. I work with all ages, and see individuals, couples, or families. I believe a person is living their best life when their mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs are in sync. To make that happen, a person may have to step outside of their comfort zone and seek help. Establishing a solid therapeutic relationship with someone is critical.
I come from a small town, where if someone didn’t know your business, they would just make it up. When I go back to visit, it’s hard to see that anything has changed. That might not be such a bad thing if we are talking about small-town charm or hospitality and the like. But if we are talking about more personal concerns—cycles of dysfunctional or narrow-minded thinking or behavior that limits personal growth—then we must change things up. And in a small community, be it our town or our family, change may not be welcomed or encouraged. That’s where I can help.
I understand that making the initial contact with a professional and asking for help is often one of the most challenging things a person can do. Sadly, there is still so much stigma and shame associated with seeking help for mental health or emotional conditions. But reaching out can also be a liberating and empowering event for someone who has been suffering in silence or carrying a heavy load alone.
Sherri Spires Armitage
Being from a small town in a rural area, I was not exposed to Counseling. As with most small areas, mental health was ignored, shunned, and shoved under a rug. Because of this background, I understand just how difficult it can be to ask for help. My desire is to provide a warm, safe environment for anyone seeking guidance and clarity.
There has always been an innate desire within me to help others. I originally began my college career with the goal of teaching Special Education, however with my first Psychology class, I realized Counseling was my true calling.
I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2008. Throughout college I worked largely in childcare, as well as special education classrooms in the school system. At one placement I worked exclusively with children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. In 2011, I married the love of my life and graduated with my Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University. Having completed my internship at a Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Stabilization Unit, I realized a passion for those with substance use disorders and severe and persistent mental illnesses. For 8 years, I worked at a treatment center as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Professional. I have received training and supervision in treating those with complex issues, including co-occurring disorders and trauma. I also have a very special interest in treating eating disorders. I am a certified group fitness instructor and see the importance of the mind body connection. When I’m not working, you will likely find me outdoors, being active, or both.
In 2014 I became mother and knew my life would change drastically, as I wanted to both be a present mother and keep my professional career. Marriage and parenthood have taught me more about myself and life than I ever imagined. Having gone through infertility and a high risk pregnancy, I understand the struggles wives and moms face. I hope to provide support to women and families trying to conceive, facing infertility, post partum issues, and adjusting to having chlidren. “Balance” has become my internal motto, as a I’m ever learning how to manage all that comes with having a family.
If you’ve come to a place where you are struggling to know how to move forward, are feeling run down with life’s challenges, or are just feeling lost on your journey, let me help you brave the path. I look forward to working with you.
India C.V. Foster
I have experience working in addictions, chronically and severely mentally ill, domestic violence, sexual assault, foster care and adoption, trauma, play therapy, and military of all ages from children to older adults. I am a Nurturing Parenting Facilitator, Scream Free Marriage Facilitator, Master Resiliency Trainer, and continuing to learn Play Therapy techniques. I am an Army wife of 16 years, mother to two and enjoy exercise and crafting. My mission in life is to be a blessing to others and help all ages understand it’s okay to not be okay.
All throughout my schooling, I knew that I wanted a career where I was able to help and advocate for others. I originally began my college career with the goal of Health Psychology, however I realized that Mental Health Counseling was the career choice for me.
I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Flagler College in 2013 and my Master’s in Psychology in 2016. Throughout my college career I worked largely with children and adolescents in the home and school setting and in the clinical setting working with children who were diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, ADD/ADHD, and other minor learning disabilities. In May 2020, I graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Thomas University. During my internship I worked with both adolescents and adults in a private practice setting where I worked with clients diagnosed with anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, and personality disorders. I have received training and supervision in treating those with co-occurring disorders.
As a mother of two young children, it is important for me to be as present as possible in my children’s life while also maintaining my career. In my role as a spouse to an active duty service member, I see firsthand how serving affects not only the soldiers, but their family and children as well. Marriage and motherhood have taught me a lot about managing priorities and self-care as I work toward balance between my roles as a wife, mother and professional.
Heather Owens-Knox, MA
I am a native of Pembroke, GA but moved around with my military family for much of my life. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from South University near the end of my program I realized that I wanted to be a therapist. After this, I pursued my degree in a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling where I graduated with Honors. I am also a United States Air Force Veteran.
My background includes worked in community mental health with Profamily of Georgia, working closely with the Department of Family and Children Services, and the Department of Juvenile Justice at the start of her career. Heather also worked as a Career Development Counselor, and Career Coach helping individuals through assessments/evaluations for future career or educational paths with Savannah Educational Consultants. I have experience working with individuals suffering from a wide array of issues to include mood disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. I also have experience specifically working with teens and adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I provide individual and group counseling sessions, as well as couples, pre-marital, career, and military/veteran counseling.
I use a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of my clients. The primary treatment models I use are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Expressive Art Therapy techniques. I am committed to individual find and reach their true potential even when they might not see it for themselves.
128 Francis Meeks Way, Suite 16
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Phone (912) 508-1223