We are so happy to have Taylor Yates working with us here at Counseling  Associates for Well-Being. Taylor is a fantastic therapist with a wealth of great experience. She is accepting new clients in our Athens office. To contact Taylor – Email : Taylor@ca4wellbeing.com

About Taylor:

  • Doctoral Candidate in Social Work, University of Georgia 2019
  • Master of Social Work, University of Georgia, 2001
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2000
  • Member, Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association, 2016




From Taylor Yates, LCSW:

“As a therapist and academic researcher, I utilize a strengths-oriented and client-centered approach to address complex problems and enhance the well-being of my clients.  I engage in a co-constructive process to partner with the adolescents, adults and families I am privileged to serve.  I believe my clients have strengths and resources we can identify and amplify together to move toward specific goals and a greater quality of life.

While facing anxiety, depression, chronic health challenges or stressful life and family events, human beings can identify and meet wellness goals that improve their physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and relational lives.  In sessions, we accomplish this together by focusing on what is already working, what has worked in the past, and exploring best hopes for the future.  I practice cultural humility to engage people in a way that respects differences and highlights the strengths that diversity brings to our lives and communities.

My work is informed by the latest research about counseling and multidimensional, holistic health promotion methods as well as my nearly 20 years of counseling experience.  In addition to my practice at Counseling Associates for Well-Being, I teach classes at the UGA School of Social Work.  I have given presentations at national and international conferences about Solution Focused Brief Therapy and wellness research.  In my free time, I enjoy being with my family and singing with the Athens Master Chorale.”


“Why would I make excuses for myself?” is a common response I get from clients when I talk about self-compassion. My response is normally something along the lines of “would it be OK if you COULD excuse yourself?”.  Or, “What if in order to find the change you’re looking for you first have to learn to unconditionally love all parts of your self–including your “flaws” non-judgmentally with kindness and patience?”.  

So much of our pain is derived from the critical voices in our heads. That critical voice may remind you of a certain time in your life when some terrible thing happened to you, or maybe it convinces us that things have always been this way and there’s no change in sight. We may feel ashamed, isolated, or sad because we have failed to live up to our own, our parents, or society’s expectations and believe that we won’t be lovable or acceptable until we do. 

Self-Compassion is the recognition that no matter what is happening in our lives, we are lovable. When things are going well, we give ourselves permission to experience that joy–instead of anxiously waiting for the next bad thing to tell us that we should not be experiencing joy. Or, when we are suffering, self compassion becomes a kind of supportive voice from within that helps us find beauty and meaning. It is a reminder that we are all universally connected in this world through our experience of suffering — we are not alone!

Self compassion is NOT self-indulgence, self-pity, or passivity. Self compassion includes an understanding that learning, growth, and failure are fundamental parts of life; it is the desire to relieve suffering and that in order to do so a concrete change may need to be made in our lives. It provides us with an internal source of emotional regulation and resilience. It is the belief that we are inherently worthy of love and respect. 

If you or someone else you know in the Atlanta area could benefit from cultivating self-compassion please contact Isom E White, LCSW of Counseling Associates for Well-Being – Smyrna/Vinings for an appointment today!

Isom E White, LCSW

3050 Atlanta Rd Smyrna, GA 30080

P:706- 389-1708


Aaron D. Kirkwood, LAMFT, will be starting a group for couples entitled Collaborative Relationship Enhancement Group and is seeking feedback from couples in committed relationship.  If you are in a committed relationship and would like to respond please follow the link below to take this very brief survey.  Your feedback will help to shape the group so that it is useful for couples looking to improve their relationships.  This is an informal information gathering survey for the purpose of ensuring that the group is useful for couples who might attend.  If you have questions or comments please fill free to reach out to Aaron at (706) 534 – 8558 or Aaron@ca4wellbeing.com

The survey can be found at this link.