Southern Behavioral Services provides diverse services in Macon and Warner Robins with our caring, experienced team.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, Substance Abuse Professionals, DUI Clinical Evaluators, Certified Anger Management Facilitators, and Certified Employee Assistance Professionals.
After a twenty year career in Human Resources, Physician Relations and National Managed Care Services at Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Miona joined Employee Assistance Services in 2000 as their Executive Director. She purchased the business in 2001 from Universal Health Services and transformed EAS into a diverse outpatient behavioral health organization, Southern Behavioral Services. Miona’s background in behavioral health coupled with a degree in Business Administration from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics has provided her the tools to establish Southern Behavioral as a well-respected outpatient behavioral health leader. As a provider of employee assistance programs, Miona specializes in corporate trainings and Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (CISDs). In addition to her role as President and owner of Southern Behavioral Services, Miona is co-founder and co-owner of Anger Management Services.
Gwen accepted the position of Office Manager for Employee Assistance Services, a subsidiary of Charter Behavioral Health Systems, in 1999. With a strong background in office management for Waukesha Pearce Industries and Libbey Glass in Louisiana and Pony Express in Macon, Gwen brings a vast knowledge base to the clients and staff of Southern Behavioral Services. She has been instrumental in the organized transition of this organization into a respected outpatient behavioral health company.
Betsy Mills, LPC, CEAP
Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University – 1987
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC)
Certified Employee Assistance Counselor (CEAP)
Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for DOT
Georgia DUI Clinical Evaluator
Betsy has been practicing for 30 years. She has worked in both public and private settings including outpatient, partial hospitalization, inpatient, and home-based services.
Betsy treats a wide variety of adult concerns; she specializes in treating depression, anxiety, and chemical dependency. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused techniques, and 12-Step material. Betsy includes Christian based principles into therapy for those who desire. When not at work, Betsy loves to cook, travel, read and watch old movies. She lives in Macon with her social- worker husband, American Bulldog and Siamese Cat.
Barbara Ann Newton, LMFT
Barbara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). Her solution-focused family systems perspective has been effective with individuals, couples, families and groups for more than ten years. She enjoys working with clients using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) when they are dealing with depression and anxiety, trauma and grief, anger, relationship difficulties and substance abuse. Much of her experience involves teaching effective discipline to parents to improve the behaviors of their children and adolescents. Two specific areas of interest are clients that have domestic violence concerns and attention deficit disorder behaviors. As a trained and certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Barbara works within the criteria required by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Barbara also provides motivational and workplace trainings for Southern Behavioral Services.
Mary Key, LMFT
Mary is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She received a Master’s degree in Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine in 1999 earning the outstanding student award for her class. She also graduated Summa cum laude from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Prior to working for Southern Behavioral Services, Mary was employed by Secure Health EAP, Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia and was an Employee Assistance Program contractor on base for civilian employees of Robins AFB. In addition, Mary is passionate about serving the unique needs of military/public safety members and their families. She is knowledgeable in dealing with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship concerns. A variety of counseling methods are utilized to meet distinct needs, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and solution- focused techniques. Mary enjoys working with couples, families, and individuals and is experienced in working with adults, adolescents, and children. She has been married since 1995 and has 2 children. For fun, Mary finds joy in books, family games, the outdoors, and travel.
Barbara Jo Koehnemann, LMFT
My expertise is guiding relationships from rupture and despair, to repair and increased connection, with open, honest, conscious, and intentional, safe conversations. I specialize in effective communication coaching within primary relationships. My focus is working with couples and families from premarital counseling, to transitions throughout family life, including; marriage, children,
launching, death, empty nest, retirement, crisis, divorce, re-marriage, loss and
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a clinical fellow of the Georgia
Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association of
Marriage and Family Therapy. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Georgia
Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I hold a Master of Family Therapy
Degree from Mercer University School of Medicine, and a BA in Communication,
graduating Cum Laude from Mercer University. I am also certified and an advanced
clinician in IMAGO Relationship Therapy.
Martha Fennel I came into the field of counseling therapy with a plethora of life experience. Trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist at Mercer University my educational as well as personal conceptualization of working with people is to attempt to meet people where they are, work together to seek solutions, resolutions, and understandings of the challenges of life, and to broaden how we embrace and fit into this world. Previous careers have permitted me to serve as a Paralegal, University Benefits Administrator, Academic Program Coordinator, Mental Health Crisis Intervention Assessor and more recently I have been engaging in therapeutic initiatives with older adults and their families. Currently I am also securing certification in EMDR therapy to work more effectively with traumas both past and present. As I span back over my life I realize that in every position I have undertaken, the fundamental thread that weaves through all of my activities has been to use myself, my life experiences, my education and my day-to-day acquired living knowledge to help other people. I truly believe there are solutions to every challenge, and there are ways to accommodate even those solutions which do not fulfill some of our dreams and desires. My current favorite quote of the moment is from Gilda Radner who said in her book Delicious Ambiguity: “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” In addition to my work, I also enjoy music, art, antiques, books, history, small gatherings of friends, and sharing time with my two rescue dogs – Sadie my Golden Retriever and Beau my Pit Bull.
To be added soon: Eureka, Dr. Mallary and Andrea Hammonds, Wendy