EMERALD ISLE COUNSELING STAFF
Allyn D Robb Jr.
EDS NCC BCPC LPC
St. Simons Island Ga.
& Kingsland Ga.
Allyn completed his graduate work at Georgia Southern University, University of Georgia, and Nova Southeastern University. He has 35 plus years of experience working with children, adolescents, parents, adults and families in both the public and private sectors.
As a National Board Certified Counselor, Allyn’s areas of expertise include children - adolescent behavioral and personality disorders, addiction and recovery, aftercare, family issues, relational issues, marriage counseling, men’s issues, women’s issues, family interventions, life transitions, academic and career counseling (including assessments), anger management, depression, anxiety, EAP and medication management assistance.
Primary therapeutic models include CBT, DBT, Reality therapy, REIT, and holistic healing approaches.
Denise Schuster MA LPC
& Kingsland Ga.
Denise is a licensed professional counselor in both Georgia and Illinois. She earned a masters degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Illinois University.
Denise has 37 years of experience working with individuals who have mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, self esteem problems, addiction problems, trauma and adjustment disorders.
Her experience has been honed by having worked in outpatient mental health clinics and residential substance abuse facilities as well as a children's psychiatric hospital.
Denise's primary treatment models are CBT, DBT, Client Centered, and REIT. She is a solution-based therapist and works actively with helping her clients reach their goals.
Denise resides in Brunswick with her husband and pets. She enjoys traveling and assisting her husband in their real estate enterprises.
MA AT NCC LPC
St. Simons Island Ga.Clinician
Aubrie attended Savannah College of Art and Design on a full soccer scholarship and obtained her degree in Painting and Illustration.
After graduating, Aubrie taught art at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn Georgia. She taught Kindergarten through 12th grade art and also became the head coach for the varsity boys soccer team.
Aubrie then attended Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA where she earned her Masters degree in Art Therapy and Counseling. Internships in the following three settings enabled Aubrie to gain a wide variety of experience:
Experience in child and adolescent trauma came when Aubrie spent three years working for Victim Outreach Intervention Center in Butler PA. working as a counselor for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Additionally, Aubrie gained court experience providing legal advocacy and also crisis intervention.
Aubrie and her two daughters live on St Simons Island, along with their border collie and three cats. In their free time, they enjoy kayaking, jumping on the trampoline, riding bikes around the island, building sandcastles at the beach, and "painting" the town.
Aaron Coots LCSW
& Kingsland Ga.
Aaron graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master of Social Work in 2008 with areas of concentration in Psychopathology and Addictive Diseases. Aaron has done extensive work in inpatient settings conducting competency evaluations for court systems and through that experience has gained a strong knowledge base in assessment and diagnosis of a wide variety of mental health disorders. Aaron has vast experience providing mental health and substance abuse trainings to law enforcement agencies to increase awareness and reduce stigma. Aaron has also spent several years working in community mental health settings where he has provided therapy to individuals, couples and families. Aaron utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches in the clinical setting which vary depending on the need of his clients. Aaron shows unconditional positive regard for all clients. He provides a safe therapeutic environment with compassion and support so clients can explore ways to make changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. Aaron believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential live fulfilling, happy lives.
Lindsay Bottoms, NCC, LPC, RPT
Lindsay completed her graduate work in 2013 at Capella University. She holds a national board certification in counseling and is a licensed professional counselor in Georgia. She also served as the President for the Hawaii Association for Play Therapy, is a Registered Play Therapist and a current member of the Association for Play Therapy (National) as well as the Georgia Association for Play Therapy. She specializes in the treatment of children using play therapy, expressive arts, sand tray therapy, Theraplay, and parent coaching.
Her professional experience includes individual and group counseling and parent training for a variety of behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs including anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, selective mutism, oppositional defiance disorder, grief/loss, family separations or divorce, military family dynamics and transitions, school issues, traumatic experiences of abuse and neglect, and early childhood attachment disruptions. Lindsay has worked public education as a school counselor and a behavioral health specialist for the division of school based behavioral health, providing mental health treatment to children and teens at school.
Lindsay’s model in working with children focuses on relationships, strengths, coping skills, problem solving, conflict resolution and child development. She is passionate about helping children reach their potential and will work with parents to support the entire family in this process. As a consultant, Lindsay works closely with parents to help manage expectations and behaviors that are causing discomfort and distress for both parents and their children. Lindsay resides in Woodbine with her two children and Navy submariner husband. She enjoys family time, running, riding horses, cooking and traveling.
Erin Campbell, LASW
Erin completed her graduate degree at Saint Leo University with a Master's of Social Work/Advanced Clinical Practice. She graduated with the highest G.P.A in her Social Work graduate class, earning her the Student of Distinction Award.
Erin's experience includes; advocating for children and adults who were physically, and sexually abused and/or assaulted, providing individual, groups, couples, and family therapy in both residential and outpatient settings.
Erin has over 10 years experience working with a variety of issues such as, anxiety depression, trauma, self-esteem issues, social issues, behavioral problems, developmental disorders, and parenting skills.
Her unique ability to build rapport with children and adults is unique. Erin has a genuine desire to help and to empathize with others. She is committed to supporting and empowering others to become self sufficient with the ability to face future challenges.
Claira Austin, LAPC
Kingsland Ga, St. Simons Ga, & Brunswick Ga
Claira completed her Master’s at Georgia Southern University. She works with couples, families, children, and individuals to empower them to overcome personal obstacles. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with her clients on depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse. Her areas of focus also include family and relationship issues, self-image issues, emotional regulation, and communication skills.
Claira uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of the individual. Her approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy techniques, interpersonal based therapy, and solution focused therapy. Claira believes with support one will grow in their strengths and become the best version of theirself.
Claira enjoys going for going to the beach, kayaking, and traveling with her husband and son during her free time.
Heather Owens-Knox, MA
Heather graduated South University in Savannah, GA, with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with honors. Heather is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where she served for several years.
Heather has experience in community mental health, working closely with the Department of Family and Children Services as well as local courts. Most recently, Heather served as a Career Development Counselor, and Career Coach helping individuals through assessments and evaluations for future career or educational paths.
Heather’s professional experience includes; individual and group counseling, couples and pre-marital counseling, career counseling, veteran counseling, substance abuse counseling, and parental training. Heather also has experience working with individuals with ADHD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse issues, military/veteran and spouse transitions, relationship issues, and self-esteem issues.
Heather uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of clients. Her primary treatment models are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Expressive Art Therapy techniques. Heather is committed to helping clients find and reach their true potential.
Judy is the rock star of Emerald Isle Counseling as she is the first voice patients hear when they call. Judy does a marvelous job in taking care of patients and staff in her role as Practice Manager. She is originally from Jacksonville and spent most of her career in the building industry; having worked in sales/management for various large home builders in the Jacksonville area. Additionally, she has owned and successfully managed several small businesses. Judy brings this marketing and business acumen to EIC, a hallmark of a successful practice management.
Kelly comes from a background in Healthcare Human Resources/Recruiting and Administration for the last 15 years. Her passion is empathizing and recognizing the needs of other people whether it be her coworkers or clients. Kelly has lived in Brunswick most of her life and raised her teen and adult children with her husband for the last 20 years. She loves shooting guns and refinishing furniture in her spare time.
Madi is attending the University of the Cumberlands to obtain her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. With experience as administrative assistant, Madi works with enthusiasm and a helping nature. She enjoys getting to know and helping others. Madi resides on St. Simons Island and in her free time, she loves to cook, travel, spend time with friends and family, and take care of her puppy.
Patient Services Associate
Ryan is attending the College of Coastal Georgia to receive his Bachelors of Science in Nursing. He has plenty of experience in customer service and loves helping others. Ryan resides in Brunswick with family and is an active member in their local church. He is a wonderful addition to the billing and scheduling office of Emerald Isle Counseling. When not at his desk, he loves spending time with his family, and having a good time with his friends.