Staff

These are a few of our approved providers for professional counseling services.  We work closely with churches and community organizations to provide low cost therapy.

Richard Blankenship, LPC, NCC, CCH, CSRRS, CBTS

Richard Blankenship, LPC, NCC, CPCS, CBTS, CSRRS is the clinical consultant and administrative director for Capstone Community Services Foundation, Inc. and the Capstone Center for Sexual Recovery & Transformation; a program for male addicts, female addicts, spouses/partners of sex addicts, couples in recovery, and services for children & adolescents. He currently serves on the board of the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) as a vice president, committee chairman, and credentialing committee member.  Richard served as the president and director of the International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists (IACSAS) for 13 years, and was a founding board member of the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS).  He developed the first graduate course to be taught on sexual addiction along with a colleague and guest lectures in a variety of University level courses.  Richard is a frequent guest on Atlanta area radio & television programs dealing with sexual addiction, spouses/families of addicts, and domestic violence.  He is the author of the LIFE Guide for Young Men, and a Journey Through Secrets.  He is the co-author of Spouses of Sex Addicts: Hope for the Journey (book & workbook) and the LIFE Guide for Couples.

Richard holds two masters degrees; an M.Ed. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an M.A. From Harding University Graduate School.  Richard is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with the state of Georgia, a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with the national board of certified counselors, a certified clinical hypnotherapist (CCH), a certified clinical sexual & relational recovery specialist (CSRRS), and a clinical partner specialist.  Richard is also a certified professional counselor supervisor (CPCS) through the licensed professional counselors association of Georgia.  He is married with two children and has worked with churches and counseling centers for over 25 years.

To schedule an appointment with Richard call 470-280-0500.  Richard@capstoneatlanta.com. 

Cumming Office 

Sonya Kennedy, LPC
Sonya Kennedy, LPC

Sonya Kennedy, LPC earned her M.A. in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University where she was trained clinically and learned how  to integrate theology into counseling. Sonya is a family counselor working with all ages and stages of life. She works with children, adolescents, individuals, singles, divorcees, premarital, marital, and families in regards to various life issues. Sonya is trained as a stepfamily specialist and works with Atlanta Stepfamilies. She is a certified clinical sexual addiction specialist candidate and treats sexual integrity and intimacy issues. Sonya obtained a specialization working with children and adolescents.

Click here to see a video of Sonya sharing about her work.

A particular focus is depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, OCD and ADHD where she helps clients learning to deal with their illness through various coping skills as well as making changes and improvements in their daily lives. Using therapeutic interventions with a strong focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sonya offers Intensive Outpatient Therapy for Individuals and Couples.  Sonya builds therapy for each individuals needs.  Utilizing her strong faith in God, Sonya helps clients recognize and use their faith as a basis for positive change and growth. Sonya feels called to this ministry and feels privileged to come alongside others. Sonya sees clients at our Cumming location.  For an appointment with Sonya call 470-280-0500.

Northlake/Tucker and Dunwoody offices

Janice Stevens
Dr. Janice Stevens, LPC

Dr. Janice Stevens, LPC, NCC, CCSAS specializes in working with spouses/partners of sex addicts.  She is an experienced group leader and therapist and is currently in the process of obtaining certification from the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS.)  Dr. Stevens understands and works extensively with the trauma experienced by partners of people with sexual infidelity issues.  She is a part of the Capstone Sexual Recovery & Transformation program.

Dr. Stevens obtained her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors. She serves as an adjunct professor at Mercer University in the Master’s degree program for school counseling. Janice currently enjoys traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Dr. Stevens has an extensive background in the field of school counseling where she worked with adolescents in individual, small group, and classroom settings. She also has considerable experience working with parents of adolescents, helping them develop a clear direction of how to guide their children through the difficult adolescent years. Her professional experience has helped Dr. Stevens develop knowledge, insight, and sound helping skills in order to better serve her clients in the counseling setting.

Click here to see a video of Janice sharing about her work.

Janice works with couples, individuals, and therapy groups. She sees clients at our Dunwoody location and Northlake/Tucker locations. In order to schedule an appointment with Janice, call 470-280-0500.

Marietta and Dunwoody offices 

Sunamita Tuple, LPC
Sunamita Tuple, LPC

Sunamita Tuple is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia.  Sunamita received a bachelor degree in Psychology from Emory University, a Master’s degree (1998) and Specialist in Education degree (2000), both in professional counseling, from Georgia State University and a Master degree in Christian Psychological Studies with a specialization in Sex Therapy (2005) from Richmont University.  Sunamita is also a certified Prepare/Enrich counselor.

Sunamita has experience working in a hospital based setting as well as out-patient and private practice settings providing individual, group, couples and family therapy.  Sunamita is passionate about relationship and family counseling, the important role that spirituality plays in our lives, women’s issues, issues of identity development and growth, self esteem, professional development, and adjustment and life transitions.

Sunamita’s areas of expertise include depression and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders and stress management, addiction, dual diagnosis, sex therapy, issues of co-dependence, issues of communication and boundaries, and grief and loss.

Lori Rader-Jacobs, APC.   “I believe, in each of us, there is an inherent need to be understood and accepted.  I believe psychotherapy involves building a caring relationship in which clients feel safe and at ease.  My goal for our time together is to help you better understand yourself, understand patters behind the choices you make and equip you with coping skills that will enable you to more effectively deal with life stressors.Sunamita sees clients at our Dunwoody and Marietta locations.  To schedule an appointment with Sunamita call 470-480-0500.

I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University and am a national certified counselor (NCC). I have experience in a variety of settings from hospital to private practice and work with adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups. I have a passion to help those who encounter stress and problematic patterns of behavior that interfere with their individual, relational and career aspirations.
I take a diverse therapeutic approach tailored to the wants and needs of my clients. I draw from behavioral therapies, as well as interpersonal and client-centered interventions to help my clients gain insight and implement a plan to overcome their life challenges. I also enjoy working with clients who consider faith to be an integral part of their worldview.
I am constantly amazed at how people can live through really difficult experiences and still be determined to improve themselves and their circumstances. I strive to honor the humanity in everyone I encounter and love to help my clients identify and access their innate strengths and build on them.
Elise Simpson, MMFT, is a graduate of Abilene Christian University.  She holds the Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) degree.  Elise is passionate about working with couples, parent/child/sibling systems, young adults, and adolescents (particularly those seeking Christian counsel). She incorporates techniques from Collaborative Therapy (CT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) in her work with clients, since she feels that each of these therapies serves a specific and unique purpose in the therapeutic process. Elise uses strengths-based and client-centered approaches to empower and promote confidence in clients, to instill hope in the therapeutic process, to encourage authenticity, and to cultivate trusting relationships within therapy. By utilizing these diverse methods and therapeutic approaches, she hopes to encourage spiritual, personal, and relational growth, challenge client perspectives, aid in emotion regulation, and re-stabilize individuals, couples, and families. Furthermore, she hopes that these techniques will motivate clients to have progressive, honest discussions about how and what they need to change in order to promote healthy living.

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Recovery Coaches, Pastoral Counselor

Mark Richardson

Dr. Mark Richardson is a pastoral counselor and life coach and founder of ucantoo publishing.  He works with spiritual issues that come our in therapy, and also does recovery coaching.  Mark provides a variety of coaching services for the counseling center.  He does premarital counseling and coaching from a pastoral perspective and conducts many wedding ceremonies throughout the year.  Mark is a leader of Capstone sexual recovery men’s groups and is a certified pastoral sexual addiction specialist (CPSAS).  He holds a doctorate in Ministry, as well as a Master of Arts degree in both Christian Counseling Psychology and in Ministry.  Mark is the author of Return to Innocence and 52 Days on the Wall.  He has had more than twenty-five years of ministerial experience and is working as a group facilitator.  Mark is married and has two sons.  For an appointment with Mark, call 678-520-8813.

For a video of Mark sharing about his work click here.