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179 Pierce Avenue Macon, GA 31204 - Call (478) 742-1464 or Toll Free: (800) 533-1797*  



Southern Behavioral Services provides diverse services with our caring, experienced team.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, Certified Hypnotherapists, Substance Abuse Professionals, Certified Anger Management Facilitators, and Certified Employee Assistance Professionals.

Top row: Barbara Gaughf, Karen Richardson, Gwen Dixon, Dona Roell, Barbara Newton Bottom row: Betsy Mills, Miona Gordon, Jeannie Powell, Carol Mathias

Miona C. Gordon 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 Dixon   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 Betsy Mills, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), and a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).   She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1987 from Ball State University in Indiana. Over the last twenty years, she has worked with all ages in both public and private settings including outpatient, inpatient and home-based services. Currently Betsy spends a great deal of time treating adults and adolescents with anxiety and depressive disorders . Her treatment of choice is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) along with solution-focused techniques. As a trained and certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Betsy works within the criteria required by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and is a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). As Director of Clinical Services, Betsy’s warm and genuine personality coupled with her vast behavioral health experience brings tremendous value to her clients and peers. For fun, Betsy loves to travel, eat gourmet food and watch great movies. She lives in Macon with her social-worker husband, American bulldog and Siamese cat.
Barbara Ann Newton, LMFT Barbara Newton 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). She provides a six week small group life skills coursefor children and adults that are distracted. Barbara also provides motivational and workplace trainings for Southern Behavioral Services.
Barbara Jo Koehnemann, LMFT Barbara Koehnemann, LMFT, received degrees in Communication and Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University. She is a certified facilitator in Prepare/Enrich, a specialized program for couples which can also be tailored to meet individual needs. As an LMFT, Barbara’s clients include couples, teens, families in transition, and individuals who are suffering from loss. Assisting families in transition and helping them to find appropriate adjustments is a focus of her practice. Within a framework of systems theory she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Insight oriented therapy, as well as Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Carol Mathias, LMFT, CHT Carol is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Certified Hypnotherapist (CHT). A Cum Laude graduate of Wesleyan College, she received a Masters Degree in   Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer School of Medicine.   She also received training from MentorCoach ™ and is a certified DreamCoach”.    As a seasoned therapist, success coach and trainer, Carol has established a reputation for her interactive and energetic programs.   She utilizes a variety of treatment disciplines, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and approaches that treat the family as a dynamic and complex system.   Specialties include life transition issues, depression and anxiety, trauma and loss, hypnotherapy, and relationship issues.    In addition to her private practice, coaching and training, Carol is a Certified Anger Management Facilitator and is co-founder and co-owner of Anger Management Services.

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Southern Behavioral Services  179 Pierce Avenue  Macon, Georgia 31204  Phone: (478) 742-1464  Toll-free: (800) 533-1797 Fax: (478) 742-1883