Family Matters of Coastal Georgia, Inc.

Unique Therapeutic approaches because your Family Matters


Molly McCue, LPC

Molly has been in practice since 2002 and started Family Matters in 2005. Working with individuals and families, she has extensive training in Family Therapy & Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Molly received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and her Master’s in Education and Counseling from the University of North Florida. Molly has lived in St. Mary’s for over ten years. She is a military wife experienced with deployments and military life. Molly has two co-furapists Sugar and Cookie.

Judy K. Rath, LPC, Neurofeedback Therapy

Judy is an LPC with additional training in Neurofeedback Therapy. She received her M.S. in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Judy conducts Domestic Violence groups for Women & Children, Anger Management, Parenting, Grief Support, and Coping Skills groups in all locations. Judy, impassioned with assisting clients to live life to the fullest, couples her foundation in cognitive therapy with additional wellness innovations based upon current research. Judy resides in St. Simons Island.


Kristena Brand, MA

Kristena Brand graduated from The University of Georgia in 1998 with a BS in cellular biology. She then worked for seven years with college students on the mission field in North America, Asia, and Africa. After her return to Georgia, Kristena taught high school math and science while working on her graduate degree in Community Counseling. Kristena graduated from Argosy University in 2011 with a MA in Community Counseling and a certification in marriage and family therapy. Kristena enjoys diversity in her schedule. Her background includes counseling individual adults and children and couples. Her work in clinical settings in community mental health, medical offices, church settings, and private practice. Kristena has a facilitated domestic violence groups, substance abuse groups and parenting groups. She has also been trained in psychometry. Kristena has worked as a therapist in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and Indiana. She currently has a LPC in Georgia. Kristena believes that a wholistic approach is key to emotional healing. She has a desire to see her clients thrive and work through their mental health issues and life issues with a healthy approach. Outside of work, Kristena enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, the outdoors and traveling.

Earl S. "Buck" Avant Jr. LCSW

Buck Avant has been a clinical social worker since 1995, and has experience working with a diverse group of clients including children, geriatrics, couples, and individuals. He received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is a Certified Level II EMDR practitioner. Buck has worked in various settings such as private practice, inpatient/residential treatment, and community agencies,. He has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maine, Tennessee and Georgia, and has practiced and taught meditation and retreat practices for over 30 years. He was raised in GA, lived in Maine for 20 years, moved to Tennessee for three years, and has been living in Florida for almost three years. Buck enjoys helping clients identify and achieve goals through clinical and empowerment techniques. He enjoys fishing, reading, adventures, and anything to do in the water or air.

Charese Taylor, LMFT

My name is Charese “Resse” Taylor, I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I have been practicing Family and Individual Therapy since 2005, and started in Louisville, KY. I have since worked in Florida and recently moved to Georgia in 2020. I work with Couples, Families, and Individuals working through Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders. I enjoy motivated clients who are looking for change and prefer a Client-Centered direct approach therapist. I have had over 17 years’ worth of experience working with children, families, and couples. I have Masters in Social Work and Marriage Family Therapy and have been fully licensed since 2012. My experience has been with children with Reactive Attachment, Trauma, ADHD, Mood Disorder and Reunification. I am pro marriage and love doing Couple Counseling, Marriage Therapy, and Premarital Counseling. The family system is my specialty and I consider myself a Family Systems Therapist.

Alessandra Ellis-Lodmell, LMSW

Alessandra Ellis is a recent Saint Leo graduate with a master’s in social work (MSW), who provides counseling to teens and adults affected by a range of issues such as adjustment, depression, anxiety, phobia, bereavement, and anger. While under supervision and working toward her licensure, Mrs. Ellis offers a variety of therapies such as cognitive, narrative, and client centered, utilizing mindful techniques. She is knowledgeable of the child welfare system and with people struggling with substance abuse as she has two years’ experience in working with this population. Furthermore, Alessandra is Anger Management Certified (CAMS-II) and offers anger management groups. Alessandra is originally from Italy and has firsthand knowledge with military life as she is married to a veteran. 

Currently, Alessandra is accepting clients without insurance or with little insurance capable of paying out of pocket $ 40 per intake and $ 25 for sequential sessions. If you are struggling, book an intake with Alessandra and allow her to show you how to be the author of your best life.


Erika L. Turner, LCSW

Erika L. Turner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of experience providing counseling services to adults, children, and families. She received a Masters of Social Work degree from Howard University, in Washington, D.C., in 2007. She has been fully licensed since 2010 and has gained clinical experience working in Washington, DC. Maryland, and Georgia. Ms. Turner has worked in a variety of settings including residential/crisis/inpatient treatment, community mental health, medical social work, military base counseling, and private practice. She has experience providing individual, couples, family, and group counseling with clients from ages 5 to 80. Ms. Turner provides counseling from a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral, Psychoanalytic, Family Systems, Mindfulness, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).

She is particularly passionate about using evidenced-based therapeutic interventions to address traumatic stress symptoms, life transitions, and stress management.

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