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Pamela Madsen, MS, APC

I work with high-achieving adults, teens, and couples.  My clients tend to be pretty hard on themselves, worry about things both large and small, and feel best when they are in the driver’s seat of life.  Life has many ebbs and flows, so at times we need some additional support to get through the uncertainty that life hands us.  I collaborate with my clients to identify and achieve their goals, build greater connections in relationships, and experience satisfaction in their lives.

As a second career professional coming from several years in business and finance, I have some unique insight into the challenges leaders and high achievers face in the work-place.  You may struggle with self-image and feeling close in relationships.  Most of my clients are professionals wanting to build their confidence and reach their potential.  I guide my clients with positive psychology to identify their strengths, increase self-compassion skills, and find opportunities for personal growth.  Using research-supported and evidence-based treatment approaches including EMDR, ERP, DBT, and RO-DBT, we collaborate within the therapeutic relationship to set goals and meet them.

Specialties Areas of Focus


Many of my clients have been hurt in relationships or experienced something painful.  I am trained in EMDR and Prolonged Exposure to support my clients to resolve painful experiences.

Anxiety, Depression, and OCD

We’ve all had times when we are struggling managing worries both big and small.  I am trained in DBT/RO-DBT and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to treat anxiety, depression, and OCD to improve ability to manage stressful situations and experience freedom to be yourself. 

Eating Disorders

So many of my clients experience traditional success but struggle with their relationships with themselves and how to nourish their bodies.  I support my clients with a focus on improving their relationship with food and finding pleasure in life again.  I’m currently working toward designation as Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and use Healthy at Every Size approach and trauma-focused treatment to help my client achieve their wellness goals.

Substance Use

After extensive training early in my career working with individuals and couples experiencing substance use, I tailor my approach to meet your goals around managing your wellness to support freedom from what has been holding you back in life. We will rebuild a healthy relationship with yourself, loved-ones, and work together to heal underlying issues to give you lasting recovery.


I have training in Gottman Method (level 2), Emotion-Focused Therapy (externship) and elements of Imago Relationship Therapy to tailor my work with couples.  I access and develop your strengths in the relationship to heal injuries to trust and connection.  I help my couple-clients grow closer and bring passion back to their relationship.

It takes a great deal of courage to seek support.  You may be used to holding it altogether but not really feeling the joy you truly deserve. Let’s sort out what is standing between you and whole-hearted living. I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (APC); under the supervision of Kristin Ryan, MS, LPC, NCC, CPCS.



Karen Michael, MA, APC, NCC

As an Atlanta counselor, I believe we all deserve and can benefit from therapeutic support to help navigate the challenges of life. If you have experienced, or are currently experiencing, difficult or painful life experiences, including anger, anxiety, career  issues, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, substance use issues, trauma, unhealthy behaviors, or other life transitions – You do not have to do it alone!    You and I can look at our Atlanta counseling services and create a therapeutic partnership and plan that is tailored specifically to you, for you and with you.

I work with clients of all ages, from children to adults, and specialize in anxiety, relationships, and trauma, having advanced training in each of these areas.  I have a humanistic orientation and most closely adhere to a client-centered approach which means the focus is put on the client, not the therapist, as key to the healing process.  When working with children I typically use child-centered play therapy as toys are children’s words and play is their language.  For adolescents/teens, I utilize talk therapy combined with activities (games, art, music) that allow them to get creative and express themselves.  In all cases, the safety of the relationship is the foundation of the therapeutic alliance I create with my clients. 

Being an Atlanta Counselor is my second career after having a successful career in Human Resources Leadership.  I believe my decades of experience in a high-profile and demanding career puts me in a unique position to offer my clients the extra benefit of a therapist with first-hand experience of the struggle it can be to balance professional and personal  life, to navigate the pressures of a high-powered career, and to avoid burnout.

 As for my background,  I earned a Bachelor of General Studies in Communication, Management and Psychology at the University of Michigan- Dearborn and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the School for Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Atlanta. Additionally, I earned the designation of National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors.  I am also trained as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCH).  My advance training includes: Gottman Method (Level 2) which assists me in my work with couples, Exposure and Response Prevention therapy (ERP) which is the gold standard treatment for Anxiety and OCD, Play Therapy which I utilize with children, and I am currently working towards a post-master’s certificate in Trauma Stress Studies from The Trauma Research Foundation.  I am a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Play Therapy (A4PT), and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCGA).    Lastly, I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (APC) working under the clinical supervision of Brandy Rogers, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS, CFMHE.

 My commitment is to treat you, as my client, with great care, to be both a safe haven where fears and challenges can be discussed and a therapeutic partner that helps clarify goals, challenges and  supports you in your growth and healing and in recovering the balance, connection, joy, and success you desire.

 Remember, you do not have to do this alone!  Please reach out… 


Mikela Hallmark, MS, LPC – Founder


 It is my joy to serve this community. I tend to see a lot of high achievers who set unrealistic and demanding expectations of themselves. While they long to reach their personal goals, they find themselves experiencing anxiety, depression, or relationship issues. My clients would describe me as someone who works with them to release judgment and care for themselves while pursuing their passions.

In terms of experience, I worked in business before becoming a counselor, and that helps me connect with some of my clients who might achieve in this area. And, I’ve been a counselor for around eleven years. I’ve received some training in Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, ERP for anxiety and OCD, treating affairs for couples, attachment based trauma treatment, treating depression and anxiety, and more. I am also trained in Gottman Method (Level 3) which is for couples therapy, and EMDR which is an incredible trauma treatment. I’m a licensed professional counselor in Georgia, and a licensed mental health counselor in Florida.

I am passionate about avoiding judgment, exploring practical solutions, and helping you explore feelings and some of the more complicated things in life that don’t necessarily have easy solutions (which can seem like an impractical approach for some of my high achievers.) But that’s okay, we work with it all.