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The Joy House Counseling Center exists for the purpose of providing a faith-based option for residents in our North Georgia area 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 with professional services to a wide variety of individuals, families and their needs.

Abby Elam began working at our counseling center in 2017. She holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work and spent several years working with other non-profits before coming to The Joy House. She counsels in our Jasper and Woodstock location, often helping others work through issues of anxiety, depression, and grief.

Bill Wattenbarger holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Counseling from the universities of Florida and Georgia with 35 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.

Heather McGinty holds a Bachelors degree in Human Services from Kennesaw State and a Masters in Marriage and Family therapy from Liberty. Previous experience includes Juvenile Probation officer, private counseling practice and Community Based Therapist in a public school setting. Her compassionate and friendly presence put those hesitant to try counseling at ease.

Kathryn Bracher joined our team as Administrator and Intake Coordinator of the Counseling Center in 2021. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education (UGA) and a background in administrative work. She oversees all initial contact, intake, and scheduling with clients. To schedule an appointment or learn more about our services, Kathryn is the one to call.

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