I hold a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas A&M with double minors: psychology and higher education. My area of expertise is Ethics and I served as chair of the American Counseling Association’s Ethics Committee. I am licensed as a counselor (LPC) here in Georgia.
My career has encompassed many areas such as working as a counselor in community mental health centers, in university counseling centers, private practice, and serving as director of a university counseling center where I learned I was not meant to manage people and that deciding what they could or couldn’t wear to work was just too much responsibility.
While I have experience in several arenas, fortunately I finally discovered my true career passion is teaching and I have done that at many different levels from being an 8th-12th grade English teacher to teaching masters level counseling students as a TA while in my doctoral program to teaching both masters and doctoral level graduate students at universities both in Texas and in Georgia. Along the way, I began presenting workshops, seminars, and trainings both part-time and full-time, finding yet another way to share information. I discovered that this method of teaching was the one in which I truly felt at home, but I believe the ultimate form teaching can take is through working with clients. No matter how many other ways to teach I engage in, I will always work with clients. It's the highest honor a therapist can have: to be allowed in someone's life in a way like no other.
Through my company, Dr. Karen McCleskey, Inc., I have provided hundreds of presentations for mental health professionals seeking CEU’s and for agencies, organizations, and universities. I also develop and prepare on-line courses which I make available on my website.
While I consider my role as the chair of the American Counseling Association’s Ethics Committee an incredible honor, I consider the following two additional awards the highest on my list of accomplishments: I was named Georgia Counselor Educator of the Year and I also was the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. (In the spirit of full disclosure, the president was the university president, not the president of the United States.) I truly value this award among my highest as it came from the many students I have taught.
I am the author of five books:
-A Simple Guide to a Happier Life
-How to Create a Love That Lasts
-Attachment: What It Is, How to Do It, and Why It Matters So Much
-16 Of The Greatest Lies You Were Ever Told
-Spirituality and Psychotherapy: How To Use Them Together For Profound Life Changes
None of these are best sellers yet, but given that I am pathologically optimistic, I look forward to the day when at least one of them will be. All are available on Amazon.com. Just go to the Amazon home page and in the white bar for 'All Depts.' type in Dr. Karen McCleskey.
I have had the privilege of being interviewed on several radio shows and the honor of having an invited quote included in the Jay Conrad Levinson's international best selling Guerrilla Marketing Series (Guerrilla Job Escape Plan).
I'm known for my practical, down-to-earth, and humorous approach to presenting. Through the years many things have been said about me and my presentations, but the following is my absolute favorite. After I completed a workshop for a group of therapists, a woman came up to me and said “Your workshop is the least boring one I’ve ever been to!” As I continue in the many teaching facets of my career, I maintain my goal of presenting the least boring workshops people have ever attended.
Dr. Karen McCleskey, LPC
2295 Parklake Dr., Ste. # 555
Atlanta, GA 30345
PHONE/ TEXT (preferred): 404-754-2677
The Incredibly Happy Me. My grandmother (yes, the one who kept me alive and out of jail) took this when I was 4 or 5. Unfortunately, the bangs have not improved through the years.....
Back of my business card
To Therapists Interested In Attending My Workshops:
I think these pictures plus the information on this page give you a bit of an idea of who I am and what you might expect from me and from my workshops. If you have any questions at all, please contact me. I'd love for you to join the "Repeat Offenders", I mean "Attenders" Club. Almost forgot: you might like to take a look at the workshops listed on the 'Bring Me To You' page. That will give you an idea about the kinds of topics I offer.
Front of my business card
The 'Cleaned Up' Me
To Potential Clients:
If you have an issue that I am not able or qualified to help you with, I'll be happy to give you some names and numbers of therapists who are if you want that information.
To Potential Clients:
It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The photos below are there to try to 'tell' you a little bit about me and what kind of person I am. Anyway, I like this approach much better than "I like to hike" and "I love my dog." Also, please take a moment to read the information on the 'About My Practice' page. That will help you understand how I approach therapy and my clients. Please take a look at my business card and the additional information at the very end of this page.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me.
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The "Not Cleaned Up' Me
The McCleskey Frankenstein Method of Presenting Workshops
This Is Pal, Who Helped Me Get Through The Rough Patch of Life I Hit (As Did So Many of You)
He deserves a 2nd picture!
Be sure to take a look at the photos and the information at the end of this page.
The Very Happy Me Because I'd Gotten To Hike In The Northern Arizona mountains
The Very Grateful Me. Anytime there's love, there's gratitude for it.
Click on the 'Video' button above for a clip that proves there is a certain talent I don't possess........
Be sure your speakers are on.
To My 'Repeaters': You are the best people in the world and I am so grateful to have you be a part of my life. Many of you have been attending my workshops since I first moved to Atlanta and we had them in the old First Union Bank building! Remember when we had the workshop at my house and y'all were out on the decks, in the back yard under that huge oak, and we ordered pizza? And many of you were at the workshop at the hotel where the S & M folks were having their convention, along with selling very unique things that I know some of you bought, but think I don't know it. Didn't someone crash their car through the window into the lobby? Ah, the memories....... On a more serious note though, I hope you all know you mean the world to me and I thank God for your love, support, and kindness.