The Joy House Counseling Center exists for the purpose of providing a faith-based option for residents of the Highway 575/ 515 corridor who seek guidance with life’s problems. We have locations in Pickens, Gilmer and Cherokee Counties with fees based on income and ability to pay. We offer counseling to all ages, from 7 to 70, with professional services to a wide variety of individuals, families and their needs.

Bill Wattenbarger holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Counseling from the universities of Florida and Georgia with 30 years of counseling experience.  His orientation has always been Christ-centered and faith-based while his career emphasis has been working with persons with disabilities or special needs and their families.

Abby holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University. She began her career at The Joy House as our Counseling Center Assistant/Intake Coordinator, but Garry and Bill quickly realized she had a gift for counseling. Under Garry and Bill’s guidance and tutelage she began counseling part-time. Her gift continued to mature and grow and it was clear she was being used by the Lord to help others. She has now transitioned into a full-time counseling role.

We consider it our privilege to serve God through serving people. It is our goal to see that people just like you, your family members, and your neighbors find healing and hope through biblically-based pastoral counseling.

We have three locations in our area.
Pickens Office – 148 Nations Rd. – Jasper, GA 30143
Gilmer Office – CORE Building – 142 River Terrace – Suite 101 – Ellijay, GA 30540
Cherokee Office – 4206 N. Arnold Mill Rd. – Woodstock, GA 30188

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Watch a video from Garry Barber talking about The Joy House Counseling Center