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Healing From Disordered Eating 

By Kerri D. Chadwick, MS, LPC

How many people will struggle with an eating disorder during their lifetime? It’s a more complicated question than you might think. Since the vast majority of people with eating disorders either never seek formal treatment for their disorder or are never formally diagnosed (Hart et al., 2011), researchers can’t just search medical records.     

The term “eating disorder” covers a wide range of unique mental illnesses. The common characteristic that they share is causing some type of harmful food-centered behavior that includes either food restriction or excessive eating. Eating disorders can lead to harmful physical effects and even death. According to ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders), eating disorders are among the deadliest mental health disorders, second only to opioid overdose. 10,200 people die each year from complications of an eating disorder...

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DBT 101

Thursday, November 17th

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Virtual Event

Dialectical behavior therapy, often referred to simply as DBT, is a unique approach to counseling that is focused on helping people learn skills and develop strategies to help them navigate even the most challenging life situations. 


Join us to learn more about:

  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Who would benefit most from this structured program
  • Summit’s DBT services for adolescents and adults
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Out & About in The Community

Have you spotted the green Summit table around town lately? 

Our team has been busy across North Metro Atlanta these past few weeks! Whether attending school PTA meetings, networking over lunch and golf, leading mental health workshops, and beyond, the Summit is committed to sharing our mission to reclaim lives, restore relationships, and renew hope in our community.  Together with our partners, we are (re)moving the mountains of stigma, accessibility, and affordability which are the real barriers to mental healthcare.

Check out where we've been, and keep an eye out for where we're headed!

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Lanota Fludd, MPA, MEd

Licensed Professional Counselor

Staff Therapist

The goal in life is not to ignore, but to connect, process, and forge forward. There is a saying that Lanota states: "If you ignore the fact that the kitchen is on fire, the whole house will burn." In life, everyone will face challenges and experiences that impact their lives. What you are feeling is real, and ignoring it will not shift it - or you. Through the use of DBT, CBT, reality therapy, and other clinical modalities, Lanota works with clients on acknowledging, processing, and creating ways to not solely be defined by their mental health.

Meet Lanota

Shaquanta "Shelley" Shelley, MS

Licensed Associate Professional Counselor

Staff Associate Therapist

Shelley is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) providing counseling to children, adolescents, and adults who experience anxiety, depression, personality, and mood disorders. She provides counseling to individuals struggling with identity, aiming to understand who they are whether they are facing mental illness or the daily struggles of life. She is devoted to helping individuals develop healthy relationships with themselves, including their emotions, and confront behavioral concerns.

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Substance Abuse Prevention Month: Coping With Substance Misuse

Thursday, November 3rd

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Alpharetta First United Methodist Church

69 N Main Street, Alpharetta

Addiction directly affects millions of people each year in the United States, indirectly impacting countless more of those who support their loved ones struggling with substance misuse. Join us and our panel of experts as we discuss the vital role of substance abuse prevention in both individual and community health!


Take a Free Mental Health Screening

Behavioral health – which includes mental health, substance use, and more – is a key part of your overall well-being. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a behavioral health professional. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.

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