Pat Drerup-Cotter is a licensed professional counselor by
the State of Georgia and also a National Certified Counselor.
She earned both her Masterís and Specialistís degrees from
Georgia State University. She is a member of LPCA (Licensed
Professional Counselors Association). She is certified in STEP
(Systematic Training for Effective Parenting).
In addition, she is trained and certified in pre-marital
counseling through the Prepare and Enrich program. Her
practice includes adults, individuals, couples, and groups.
She also offers group supervision for those working toward
Ms. Drerup-Cotter specializes in anxiety and depression disorders, including anger management, stress management, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, panic disorder, social phobia, and general anxiety. She also works with personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder.
Modalities for treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and mindfulness, and exposure therapy.
Additionally, she has provided workshops and groups dealing with relationship and growth issues, boundaries/healthy limits, grief and bereavement, women's issues, and career counseling.
Ms. Drerup-Cotter incorporates both cognitive and humanistic models into her work with clients. She believes that changing thoughts and negative self talk can change affect, and therefore, promote behaviors that afford the individual a healthier way of life.
The connection of the mind, body, spirit can offer a more balanced life style for the client and assist in incorporating the belief system that there are choices, therefore, freedom. The exploration of the human need to belong benefits from the process of obtaining insight to the benefits and logical consequences of behavior.
Pat grew up in Tennessee and Washington, D.C. and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in marketing. She was involved in corporate retailing, inclusive of buying, merchandising, and store line management. Her work with human resources led her to explore a profession in counseling and therapy.
Ms. Drerup-Cotter enjoys travel with her husband and volunteer work with equine therapy for disadvantaged children and adults.
Pat runs a volunteer therapy group for Visions Anew, a non-profit group that provides services to women newly divorced and going through the divorce process. Also, a portion of her income is donated monthly to several animal charities, including The Atlanta Humane Society, The Humane Society of the United States, World Wide Fund for Nature and ASPCA.