Our Team

Our team of Professional Counselors and Coaches are proud to provide psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and families in Peachtree City and the surrounding areas of Coweta and Fayette counties.  We blend research validated theories and techniques with the relational needs of our clients–  research continues to show that one of the strongest predictors of successful outcomes in therapy is how connected you feel with your therapist.  Take the time below to read about our team members and decide who might be the best fit for you or your loved one.

Amy F Jaynes

LPC, CRC, NCC

Amy Jaynes is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in private practice in Peachtree City since 2013. She is intensively trained in Emotionally FocusedTherapy (EFT) for couples and is a member of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and the Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ACEFT).  She is also trained in Divorce Discernment Counseling and is a member of the DRI Alliance for Marriage and Divorce Professionals.

In addition to her relational and couples counseling work, she helps people with the psychological aspects of illnesses and eating disorders.  She is a Certified [Medical] Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

She is active in the Fayette County mental health community and currently serves as the Vice Chair and Continuing Education Chair for the South Metro Mental Health Network (SMMHN).  She is also a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCAGA).

Since 2013, Amy has been a speaker and trainer for counselors, teachers, and school social workers. She speaks regularly about anxiety and stress, relationship distress, and disordered eating.

Kelly Petaccio

LPC

Kelly Petaccio is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Lee University.  She has more than 10 years experience in mental health, in private practice, community, and school settings.

Kelly has worked extensively with families and their children, helping support individuals as they grow to become stronger more united parents, more confident kids, and more connected families that communicate and handle stress in healthier ways.  She has worked with adolescents and transitional aged youth on more effectively managing mood, anxiety, self image, and future planning in both individual and group settings.

As a certified trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid, Kelly teaches community members and loved ones how to notice signs and symptoms of mental health problems and give them keys to confidently help instead of hurt when addressing those concerns. She was a 2017 Fellow with Educational Policy Fellowship Program Locally sponsored by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and nationally sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership. She currently serves and consults on the GA State Management Team for Project AWARE advising on integrating mental health in our schools.  Kelly also speaks at local, national, and international events.

Additionally, as a certified facilitator for Prepare/Enrich she helps couples at every stage dating, engaged, newly married, and  long time committed partners to identify strengths and grow into deeper into healthier relationships.

Deana Riley

MS, LPC, CPCS

Deana feels a calling to assist couples, families and individuals in their journeys toward experiencing depth, fulfillment, restoration and wholeness. She has a passion for helping people seek the sources of their emotional brokenness and guiding them in their journey toward healing.She loves to mentor and teach couples how to seek the deepest, richest love they can have in their relationships. She has a gift for discerning both the subtle and significant shifts that can be made in relational dynamics that can bring about profound positive change. She believes that we were created to experience peace, joy and fulfillment even in the midst of the struggles and obstacles in our lives. Her greatest joy is to guide people through the process of healing and change that allows them to thrive. She helps individuals, families, couples and groups process their challenges and experiences in order to build and restore mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and wholeness.

Deana is a seasoned counselor who has been practicing since 1987.She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia, her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Augusta University and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1994. She has been a guest speaker on the radio programs Marriage and Families Today and Elizabeth Gore’s Talk for Women and a workshop leader at the Healthy Clergy & Congregation Conference.She has consulted with school systems, juvenile courts, preschools, MOMs groups, church staffs and other agencies on a variety of issues. Her experiences cross the spectrums of private practice, hospitals, schools, agencies and churches. She has specialty training in Premarital & Marriage Counseling, Post Affair Recovery, Prepare Enrich ® Couples and Parenting Assessments, Trauma Resolution Therapy®, Grief & Loss Recovery, Deep Inner Healing Prayer, Abuse Survivor Recovery and a variety of life adjustment and relational issues. She is currently pursuing training in EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy), an experiential technique deemed the most effective technique for assisting couples. She believes having healthy connections with those we love brings fulfillment and depth to ourselves and our relationships.

She and her family have been active members of Southside Church (a strategic partner church of Northpoint Ministries) in Peachtree City, GA since it began. She resides in Fayette County with her husband of nearly 30 years and 2 of their 3 young adult children. She is a proud grandparent of 2 precious grandsons. She is the founder and owner of Abundant Life, P.C. Counseling Services, a reputable, private practice that has been serving the south metro Atlanta area since 2004. Sharing the mission of The Center for Living Balance, Inc., Deana  is thrilled to be merging her practice with Amy Jayne’s practice. She is now in the roles of Counselor, Co-Owner and  Co-Clinical Director for the Center for Living Balance, Inc.