MILENA GARCIA SKOLLAR, LCSW
Sunday-Friday, including some evenings,
please call 404-219-4828 to schedule
$200 for 45 minutes (individual, couples or family therapy)
$275 for 60-75 minutes (individual, couples or family therapy)
$375 90+ minutes (all intakes, double sessions, discernment counseling)
CERTIFIED IN DISCERNMENT COUNSELING
MILENA GARCIA SKOLLAR, LCSW
Milena Garcia Skollar, LCSW is a board certified therapist who is also certified in Family Therapy, ScreamFree Parenting, and trained in Discernment Counseling. Milena holds a Master's degree from Columbia University and received a certificate in family therapy with a focus on children and adolescents, after a three year post-master’s program at the renowned Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. With 25 years of experience as a licensed therapist, she has worked in family therapy centers, hospitals, schools and private practice.
Milena feels proud to have entered into therapeutic partnerships with individuals, couples, adolescents and children since 1993. Milena’s focus of treatment includes: life transitions, stress, divorce, trauma, loss and mourning (death of sibling, child, parent or spouse), sexual abuse, childhood anxiety, depression, parenting issues, marital / relationship counseling, and couples on the brink of divorce. Milena approaches treatment by collaborating with mind-body professionals, as needed, in a holistic approach including those in the multidisciplinary practice of Atlanta Center for Wellness.
Milena has presented at national conferences for therapists and teaches at psychoeducational workshops at local schools and churches. Milena is passionate about partnering with her clients to strengthen family relationships, help them through difficult life circumstances and guide through the beautiful yet difficult process of healing.
Milena provides individual, child and adolescent psychotherapy, play therapy for children, family therapy, psychoeducation, assessment, parenting and discernment counseling (see below). She assesses and writes formal psychological evaluations for adults applying for immigration visas, and teaches workshops on parenting, marriage and sexual abuse prevention/child safety. Milena also assists individuals and couples through faith transitions.
Milena speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently. She is happy to work with Spanish-speaking clients of all ages.
To make an appointment please call 404-219-4828
What is Discernment Counseling?
Throughout a marriage, some couples reach a crisis point where divorce is placed on the table, often with one person “leaning in” and the other person “leaning out”. This can be very difficult, creating an environment that is full of ambivalence and confusion. Discernment counseling is a short term treatment with a maximum of 5 double sessions. It is designed to help individuals and couples choose one of three paths: try to restore their marriage to health, move towards divorce, or take a time out and decide later.
When a decision emerges, Milena helps the couple pursue the next step which is either to find professionals who can help them have a constructive divorce or to formulate a reconciliation plan to create a healthy, successful marriage.
Discernment counseling is not suitable when one spouse has made a final decision to divorce, if there is a history of domestic violence, or if there is an order of protection from the court.
What is Play Therapy?
The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."
More simply put, child play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of the child – play. Milena therapeutically uses play to help clients, most often children ages 3 to 12 years, to better express their feelings and resolve their problems.
Milena also holds sexual abuse prevention of utmost importance and has a three-fold approach to helping parents with that task.