Who we are:

About To the Root Counseling

To the Root Counseling provides a safe space to examine your current life and figure out how you got to where you are. Through our therapy work together it is our mission to get To the Root of what is causing the upset in your life and plot a plan to clean it up and to move forward. We work with people from all walks of life and specialize in helping people navigate through those tough transitional life phases.

Therapy Techniques

While many of us can share similar experiences, we understand each person, child, couple, and family brings a distinctive set of events and challenges, our aim is to understand you and what makes you unique in the context of our universal experiences, needs, and desires.  We do not believe in an one-size-fits-all approach to therapy treatment.

We draw from the following therapy models and perspectives when working with our clients.

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • DBT (Dialectical behavior therapy)
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy)
  • PCT Person Centered Therapy
  • PT Psychodynamic Therapy

Meet Our Therapist(s)



Martha Dawson, MA, LPC



I entered the counseling profession following a series of traumatic events in my own life. It was an attempt to heal myself that has lead me to the rewarding mission of helping others. Here’s some of what I learned in the process:

  • I learned that healing is a process.
  • I learned the importance of being kind to ourselves rather than beating ourselves up.
  • I learned that life doesn’t happen in a vacuum but that our lives are a series of connected experiences and energies.
  • I learned that the process of change comes with its own set of bruises.
  • I learned that as long as there is breath in our lungs there is hope.

Throughout my career I have worked with adults, children and families. My approach to working with my clients comes from a multidimensional holistic framework that is tailored to the person’s needs and concerns. As a therapist, my role is to support you in the growth-healing process. 

Areas of Focus:

  • Bringing therapy to a greater number of people through online counseling.
  • Strengthening Black marriages & Black families through couples coaching.
  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
  • I also have experience in Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesAnger managementCareer difficultiesCoachingCompassion fatigue.


  • Bachelor of Art (BA) from Hampton University, Hampton Virginia
  • Masters of Art (MA) from Argosy University, Atlanta GA
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Georgia
  • Featured Holistic Life Coach on Black Life Coaching Network (2012)
  • Level II Reiki Practitioner

Licensed to Practice

  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New Hampshire

    Melanie Anderson, LCSW




    I became a social worker because I have a passion for supporting others in learning to operate at their optimal level.

    I am honored to have the opportunity to provide support to people during challenging times in their lives. I believe change is necessary for growth. I also enjoy partnering with my clients in order to facilitate changes necessary to promote positive mental, physical, emotional and spiritual outcomes. I enjoy assisting young woman in learning to cope with life transitions. I utilize a client centered approach in effort to guide clients to the change and growth they desire. I utilize various evidence based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ( DBT) and Motivational Interviewing. 

    Areas of Focus:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Caregiver stress
    • Work Place Stress
    • Compassion Fatigue
    • Adolescent and Adult ADHD
    • Trauma
    • Grief
    • Parenting Issues


    Bachelor of Science – Utica College of Syracuse University

    Master of Social Work- Clark Atlanta University

    Licensed to Practice:

    • Georgia
    • New Jersey



        Kourtney Buchanan, LPC

        Congratulations!  You have officially taken the first step toward becoming a
        better version of yourself. Perhaps you are seeking to gain control of your life. Maybe you are tired of allowing your past or circumstances beyond your control dictate your future. Through patience and acceptance, I believe therapy can aid individuals by recognizing problems, learning about symptoms, and developing strengths and new skills.

        My passion lies in helping others achieve a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle while discovering and enriching the uniqueness of oneself.

        Through a person-centered approach, with unconditional positive regard, we will
        focus on your needs, your strengths, and your goals. I specialize in working with
        individuals to help identify where they are, where they want to be and devise
        tangible objectives to get there. Let’s take this walk…together!

        Here are some conditions that I treat:

        • Anxiety
        • ADHD
        • Communication/Conflict Resolution
        • Depression
        • Life Adjustments
        • Self-Esteem


        Bachelor of Arts Degree- Albany State University, Department of Psychology
        Master of Science Degree – Troy University, Department of Clinical Mental Health

        Licensed to Practice:
        • Georgia

          Nyesha Gary, MA





          Hello, my name is Nyesha Gary.  I currently reside in the state of Georgia and enjoy working with children, adolescents and parents.  I have been working in the field of Mental Health for eight years. Over the course of those years I have provided case management services, individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy to a wide Client population. I entered the counseling profession to serve and assist individuals manage the stressors of everyday life and experience life as the best versions of themselves. My integrative approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy.  I am delighted to serve my Clients and get to the bottom of their issues through To the Root Counseling and Coaching. I am here and available to help you. 

           Areas of Focus:

          • Anger Issues
          • Anxiety
          • Depression
          • Caregiver stress
          • Life adjustments
          • Social Skills Building


          Bachelor of Science Degree- Troy University, Department of Psychology

          Masters Degree – Ashford University, Department of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

          Licensed to Practice: