Kristy Odom, MA, LPC, NCC

Kristy Odom, MA, LPC, NCC

Kristy Odom, MA, LPC, NCCKristy Odom, MA, LPC, NCCKristy Odom, MA, LPC, NCC


Our Mission

To provide quality and effective therapeutic services for families  through assessment and counseling services for the enhancement of both a healthy mind and body.



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Our Therapeutic Practice


Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, therapeutic care. We treat a number of mental health disorders and provide safe and effective group therapy. We also provide a neutral ground in order to obtain the most positive experience while in our care. We specialize in both client centered and cognitive behavior therapy.  

Our Treatment Focus


Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. We also specialize in trauma, substance abuse and biopsychosocial assessments. 

Our Patient Promise


We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. 



Individual Therapy

Stress, depression, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life. 


$110-$150 per session



Assessments are the first step in your therapeutic process. This guides as a tool focused on your needs for individualized success. We specialize in trauma assessments, substance abuse assessments (SASSI and court approved) and also initial assessments prior to the therapeutic process. 

Substance Abuse $225

Trauma Assessment-Per Consult


Anger Management/Parenting Classes

These classes are offered on the weekends and one weekday. Please call the office for more details. These classes are court approved and a certificate is provided after completion.

$35 per class

Insurances Accepted









Humana Behavioral Health




Kristy Odom, MA, LPC, NCC, CAMS II


Kristy  is a licensed professional counselor with the state of Georgia. She is the CEO of The Next Step Assessment and Counseling Services who has over 10 years experience in the helping profession. Kristy graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and received her Masters from Argosy University in Community Counseling.  Kristy begin working in the counseling field in 2005 as a contractor where she investigated child abuse reports for the state of Georgia. She also has 5+ years experience in community based therapy where she provided in home services to families in need. 

Kristy has worked intensively with the inner city population where she led psychoeducation groups, individual therapy, and art therapy for clients struggling with substance abuse/addiction. She is  certified in Moral Recognation Therapy (MRT) for both adolescents and adults which is the primary therapeutic model used for current drug court treatment facilities.  

 Kristy  has a plethora of experience working with individuals in the community and is the liaison to several different DFCS case managers in the DeKalb, Clayton and Fulton county areas. 


Meet The Team


Melanie Kenner, MS, LAPC, NCC, CAMS II

Melanie is a National Certified Counselor and Certified Anger Management Specialist  who earned her Master of Science in Marriage Family Counseling Therapy from Capella University.  She also facilitates our parenting classes that are voluntary or court ordered. 

Melanie began working in the counseling field in 2007 as a paraprofessional assisting in the completion of Comprehensive Child and Family Assessments, WRAP around services, and facilitating Independent Living Workshops with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.  Her experience with individuals, couples, families, and groups range in settings from community, in-home, classrooms, corporations, to private practice.  

Melanie focuses on solution focused and humanistic approaches when working with clients, providing a holistic perspective of mind, body, and soul.   

Mentality is a way of thinking.  A spa is a place where you go to relax.  Melanie explores a client's way of thinking and its effects on feelings that cause tension in a client's life.  Her philosophy is simple: Relax your way of thinking in order to improve your quality of life.   

Meet The Team


Theresa Harris, LAPC, CCTP, CAMS

I am Theresa Harris, a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC), in the state of Georgia. I am a Clinical Certified Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Anger Management Specialist and Certified Tele-Mental Health Counselor.  I earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Human Health Services from Clayton State University.  

My passion and purpose are to promote change through growth and healing both personally and spiritually. I am committed to the well-being of all my clients and go above and beyond to cater to their needs. I truly care for all my clients and work diligently to help find them the answers they seek.

I utilize effective psychotherapy methods to assist clients with self-understanding. The process helps to encourage new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. I provide a nonjudgmental and safe environment to process memories from past experiences. I have worked with a variety of client’s children, adolescents and adults dealing with circumstances that are unique to their lives.


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The Next Step Assessment and Counseling Services

8329 Office Park Drive, Suite A, Douglasville, Georgia 30134, United States

(O) 470.771.3444 (F) 404.393.4442





10:00 am – 07:00 pm


10:00 am – 07:00 pm


10:00 am – 07:00 pm


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