Counseling

Influencers Counseling Services

Do you wish to personally develop in areas that may be holding you back from being the whole, unique person that God has created you to be? Influencers Counseling offers you the opportunity to meet with one of our fully trained professional pastoral counselors and begin the journey of wholeness.

Susan Groover leads the team of experienced counselors available to care for individuals, couples, adolescents and children from all Atlanta Influencers campuses and the community at large. Daytime and evening, in-person and on-line, appointments are available with weekend options in Duluth, Kennesaw, and Cumming, and Espanol.

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Call (678) 800-3108 today to confidentially inquire about available appointment times.

Meet Our Counselors

Susan Groover, MS, Director

Professional Pastoral Counselor
Susan serves as the Director and Senior Counselor for Influencers Counseling. She is a certified trauma recovery and grief specialist, having served in ministry for over 20 years. Susan holds a B.S.H.E. in Child Development and an M.S. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. Susan is a former preschool teacher, homeschool educator, and hospice bereavement coordinator. She has led women’s groups and has extensive experience in the area of grief and loss. She and her family have been serving with Influencers Church since 2016.

Jessica Banner, MS

Professional Pastoral Counselor
Jessica is a Senior Counselor with Influencers Counseling and has assisted developing and teaching with Influencers Leadership School Module 3. Jessica has been in the field for 14 years. She holds a B.S in Human Relations and Counseling with a minor in Biblical Studies, and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University. She previously worked as a Mental Health Counselor with Peachford Hospital for 10 years. She worked 6 of those years as a Lead Therapist of the Next Step Program for adolescents and assisting with Child, Adult Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Programs. She specializes in child and adolescent counseling, young adult counseling, substance abuse counseling, and trauma resolution.

Laura Machado, MA LPC

Bilingual Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor
Laura is a Senior Counselor with Influencers Counseling. She has a B.A in Psychology from Georgia State University and also completed a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. She has 10 years of experience working with different mental health issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, spiritual formation, trauma, and relationship problems. Laura serves with her husband, Alejandro Calderon, as campus pastors of Influencers Español.

Theresa Vaughn, D.Div., Founder & Clinical Supervisor

Theresa served as the founding pastor and director of Influencers Counseling, as well as lead facilitator for Influencers Leadership School Module 3 - Healing the Healer (pastoral care and lay counseling training). Theresa has worked in the field of ministry and mental health for over 50 years. For the past 7 years, she has served Influencers Church as a Professional Pastoral Counselor, trainer and supervisor. She holds a Doctor of Divinity, a B.A. in Psychology, as well as numerous certifications and education in specialized areas, including but not limited to Biblical counseling, couples/premarital counseling, trauma resolution, addiction recovery, and sexual abuse recovery for men and women.She currently serves Influencers Counseling as senior clinical consultant.