Our Counselors


Hope Counseling Centers are staffed by interns from Richmont Graduate University. Richmont students are highly trained and prepared to address whatever issues you may be facing. Interns are also supervised by licensed professionals. The rate for interns in $40 per session.
To schedule an appointment with an intern call (404) 266-0695 EXT. 6110


Hope Counseling also has Staff and Faculty who are licensed professionals that are available by appointment. Fees for service vary, and appointments can be made by contacting counselors directly at the numbers listed below.


Vanessa Snyder, Ph.D., Director

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor

Individual, couples, and family therapy: sexual abused, complex trauma, dissociative disorders, same-sex issues, gender identity disorders, EMDR, compassion fatigue education.


Mary Plisco, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Child, adolescent, and adult therapy: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure with response prevention (E/RP), and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.


Dan Sartor, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (GA & IL), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL), Nationally Certified Counselor

Individuals, couples, and group therapy: Trauma recovery, depression, anxiety, addictions recovery, sexuality issues, and faith/spirituality issues.


Associate Counselors

Deborah Midkiff, M.S., NCC

Licensed Associate Professional Counselor

Individual counseling: spiritual integration, belief change work, treatment of loss and grief, vocational and life transitions, women’s issues, anxiety, and depression.


Liz Norris, M.A., APC

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling with a specialization in Trauma Counseling, Richmont Graduate University.  Associate Professional Counselor.


Adolescents and adults; anxiety, depression, missions and re-entry, trauma, relationship issues, self-esteem/self-worth, life transition, and addiction.

Liz has been in practice for more than 3 years and has worked with a wide array of individuals. Through her experience working at an addiction recovery homeless shelter, psychiatric hospital, missions agency, and private practice, she continues to see that people are doing the best they can. At times, however, even our best keeps us stuck, in pain, or lacking fulfillment in life. Liz seeks to partner with individuals to build a strong therapeutic relationship, working together to meet goals, break cyclical patterns, and find healing.

Liz works under the direction and supervision of Dr. Vanessa Snyder, MFT. Visit www.liznorriscounseling.com for more information or to contact Liz.


Hope Center Coordinators

Renee Bryan, M.Ed., M.A.


Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Richmont Graduate University


Women’s issues, men who suffer in silence, navigating singleness, community education, developmental training, group counseling, addressing mental health in church-based settings, emotional intelligence, and multicultural issues.

Renee Bryan is a well-rounded professional with an extensive background in the field of education. Before attending Richmont,  She obtained a Masters of Education degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.   Her international exposure and life experiences have caused her to develop a deep level of compassion for people from all walks of life.  Her passions have been the heartbeat and the pathway that led her to the field of counseling.  Renee believes that her call to counsel and educate is both a great privilege and responsibility to be stewarded over with diligence.  Her most recent counseling experiences have allowed her to work in a community counseling center as well as with women in a residential setting.  Her work on the mission field, both international and stateside, have also afforded her the opportunity to work with people of all ages surrounding various issues such as identity, self-esteem, diversity, spiritual issues, depression, anxiety, and complex trauma.  Renee perceives untapped potential in every person and believes in the importance of discovering meaning and purpose in life.  Renee also takes delight in creating a warm atmosphere that is integrative and individualized depending on personal goals, interests, and needs.  She looks forward to taking the journey to wellness with you as well as bearing witness to your growth, both individually and relationally.


Bethany Elmore, M.A.


Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Certificate in Christian Sex Therapy from Richmont Graduate University


I enjoy working with young adults, families, and couples (dating, engaged, or married).  I particularly enjoy working with clients when it comes to identity, sex, and life transitions.  When it comes to life transitions, there can be a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and grief to name a few.  Life, relationships, and just being a human, can be tough, and get more complicated when family of origin, past experiences, and different personalities come into the mix.  Another topic that is hard for clients to discuss is sex.  The complexities of sex can be hard to explore when it’s a topic that is not talked about enough.  I work at creating a comfortable environment to discuss sex, mental health, relationships, and life crises.

I use a variety of empirically supported approaches (i.e. Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral<, and Interpersonal theories) focused on skill implementation and processing experiences. I prefer to weave humor throughout these approaches, as it aids in diffusing one's self from thoughts, situations, and intense feelings that can sometimes cloud judgment and delay progress. 

When it comes to my work with couples I help them build a secure attachment or base as supported by the training of the Gottman Couple’s Therapy. I also believe that marriages need to start off with a firm foundation, and as such, I’ve become certified in Prepare-Enrich, designed for premarital counseling. This can be just the beginning of learning new skills and gaining the tools to help you live a life you’re proud of! 



Bree Leggett, M.A.


Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Certificate in Christian Sex Therapy, Richmont Graduate University


Sex therapy, addictions, anxiety disorders, depression, grief, spiritual issues, and family/relationship dynamics.

Bree’s clinical experience includes working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families at Richmont Graduate University’s Hope Counseling Center and at Ridgeview Institute in Atlanta.  Bree enjoys working alongside her clients to help them gain a better understanding of their identity, experiences, behaviors, and relationships and she values the impact one’s past experiences have on all of these things. Bree’s hope is to help her client’s get to a place where they may better understand themselves in order to feel more whole.



Lyresa McGriff, M.A., LAPC


Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Richmont Graduate University.  Licensed Associate Professional Counselor.  National Certified Counselor.


Individual’s (Adults), Couples, Veterans, Seniors as well as Adolescents (Ages 12-17).  PTSD/Trauma (EMDR intensively trained), Grief and Loss, Relationships and Marital Distress (Certified in Prepare-Enrich for Pre~Marital and Marital Counseling), Parenting/Blended Families, End of Life/Transitional Care, Caregiver Support, Life Skills/Coaching and Personal Growth.

Lyresa believes that everyone’s journey has a purpose and meets clients where they are with Grace, Love, and Hope.  Not relying on “One Size Fit All Therapy”, Lyresa integrates many skills and approaches in therapy in order to meet the needs of the client.  Her focus is on the Family System as well as Interpersonal Skills that assist in building a strong therapeutic alliance with the client.  This alliance creates an environment where the client can feel safe while navigating their journey to Mental Healing and Wellness. With a certificate in Trauma Counseling, Lyresa has also acquired the skillset of EMDR therapy which is highly regarded as a specialty treatment for trauma clients as well as those suffering from PTSD, grief and loss as well as abuse.