Our Counselors

Shawanna Burton, BA

Master's Level Intern -- Supervised by Stacy Sampson, MS, LPC, NCC, CPCS

Contact Shawanna: shawanna@oasiscounselingcenter.com

Accepting new clients? -- Yes

Shawanna Burton is a clinical counseling intern who works with individuals, couples, and families as well as small groups.

Currently, Shawanna is finishing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Career Counseling at Walden University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Emmanuel College and an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Gainesville State College/University of North Georgia.

Prior to entering graduate school, Shawanna worked with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in which she worked closely with entire family units and also with individuals. Since transitioning from DFCS, Shawanna has also worked as a Career Coach and Program Assistant with Action Incorporated High School Youth Program where she focused specifically on providing professional guidance to high school and college students so they could develop graduation and career plans.

Shawanna plans on integrating career and solution-focused therapies in counseling, but will implement other cognitive-behavioral techniques to aid clients in achieving their goals. Shawanna also comes from a background of providing support and practical feedback. She encourages clients to conceptualized healing and behavioral change as an everyday process.

A long-time Athens area resident, Shawanna lives with her husband and two daughters. Shawanna enjoys watching UGA sports, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Shawanna’s Intern Rate: $25 per 1-hour session

Please note: due to Shawanna working towards her counseling licensure and completing her Masters degree, she is legally unable to accept any form of insurance.

Stacy

Stacy Sampson, MS, LPC, NCC, CPCS

Contact Stacy: stacy@oasiscounselingcenter.com

Accepting new clients? -- Not at this time.

Stacy Sampson is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with individuals, couples, and families, as well as small groups.

Stacy holds a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Georgia and a graduate degree from Brenau University in Clinical Counseling Psychology. In addition to being fully licensed by the state of Georgia, she is a Nationally Certified Counselor. While working with clients on a number of common issues, such as depression and anxiety, Stacy also provides sex therapy sessions for individuals and couples at Oasis Counseling Center and has received over 150 hours of specialized training in the field of sexuality.

Stacy highlights person-centered and solution-focused therapies in her counseling, but utilizes a number of cognitive-behavioral techniques to aid clients with achieving their goals. She provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. Stacy encourages clients to actively work on their own healing and to make healthy decisions that will allow them to move forward in their lives.

Stacy's experience in working with clients with past trauma comes from working with Project Safe, Inc., a non-profit domestic violence organization, for over eight years as an advocate and a counselor. Because of this experience, she has a unique specialty in working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual trauma. During her time at Project Safe, Stacy coordinated workshops, provided individual counseling, and facilitated support groups for women, caregivers of children affected by domestic violence, and adolescents. She possesses a special passion for helping trauma survivors on their healing journey. Over the years, Stacy has worked with clients from a variety of different backgrounds, including a number of different religious faiths, lifestyles, and family make-ups. Like all of the counselors at Oasis Counseling Center, she strives to meet clients where they are with whatever situation they find themselves navigating.

A long-time Athens area resident, Stacy lives with her husband of twenty years and their teenaged son. Stacy enjoys reading, crafty activities, camping, and spending time with her large extended family.

Stacy facilitates Life After Diagnosis: A Support Group for Managing Chronic Illness at OCC. This group allows group members to connect with others dealing with the on-going challenges of functioning with a chronic condition. In a supportive environment, group members learn to increase their coping skills, examine the effects of nutrition and physical activity on their illness, and develop strategies to manage emotions, stress, and depression.

J. Robyn Mosley, MA, LPC

Contact Robyn: robyn@oasiscounselingcenter.com

Accepting new clients? -- Not at this time.

Robyn Mosley is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Robyn obtained both her undergraduate degree in Social Work and her master's degree in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. She has experience counseling people who are dealing with a wide array of struggles, such as depression, anxiety, stress, phase of life issues, body image issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and grief and loss.

Through her work with victims of PTSD and domestic violence, Robyn has counseled those who have experienced emotional, physical, and sexual trauma. Robyn feels issues relating to a person's sexuality are deeply personal and should be treated with respect and without judgement when they are dealt with in therapy.

Robyn has over 14 years of experience in counseling. She has lived and worked extensively with people from other cultures and religious backgrounds as well as cross-cultural settings. Robyn has interacted both professionally and personally with people from a number of countries, including countries in Central and South America, Africa, some areas of Asia, and the Middle East. Because of Robyn’s experiences with people from so many backgrounds, she is very open-minded and culturally aware.

Robyn sees the counselor as someone to walk alongside the client in therapy. The client, in turn, takes an active role in the therapy process. Together they seek to understand the factors causing pain and distress.

Robyn borrows from Adlerian and Family Systems therapies. She also uses some expressive therapy and bibilotherapy in her work with clients.

Robyn is a Christian and is comfortable addressing counseling issues through the Christian faith. She loves art, writing, and travel. She can often be found curled up reading a good book, sipping a warm cup of coffee with her cat by her side.

Teresa C. Ruiz, MS, LPC, NCC

Contact Teresa: teresa@oasiscounselingcenter.com

Accepting new clients? -- Not at this time.

Teresa holds a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy and a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, and has experience in a variety of mental health settings. Working with diverse clients in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric centers, the public schools, cancer and eating disorder centers, community mental health, forensic settings, and the Veterans Administration has given her deep insight into the human condition and taught her everyone’s story is important.

Teresa recognizes feelings of depression, fear, anxiety, confusion, anger, and other struggles beset us all at times. Creating an environment where people can feel safe and heard is vital, and she believes in creating a therapeutic alliance to be alongside individuals as a nonjudgmental support in their journey to wholeness and independence.

Teresa listens to clients' unique needs, and utilizing an eclectic and integrated approach to the whole person, uses empathy and compassion while also asking challenging questions to explore ideas and guide discovery to help clients arrive at their own destinations.

Teresa has enjoyed working with children, adolescents, and adults, and believes in collaborating with each individual to find the right evidence-based interventions for them. She has training in trauma work and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and has experience helping others with depression, PTSD, managing stress, addressing life transitions, and navigating the challenges of emotional and psychiatric disorders. Additionally, she can provide substance abuse counseling, couples counseling, and family therapy sessions. Teresa completed a 9-month internship at the VA Clinic working with veterans, and their spouses, and has counseled those dealing with transitions of physical illness and grief.

Issues: Anxiety, Conflict Resolution, Self-Esteem, Communication Skills, Behavior Management, Grief, Self-Harming, Impulsivity, Family Conflict, Spirituality, Relationship Issues

Mental Health: Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders

Sexuality: All

Client Focus: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Veterans, Elders (65+), Couples

Treatment Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Music Therapy, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Interpersonal, and Solution-Focused Therapies