Our Mission: JoyUs Beginnings Child & Family Wellness Center and The Urban Trauma Positive Impact Center, LLC provides access to therapeutic services and support to meet the behavioral health needs of individuals of all ages and families, enabling them to live, work, and participate in their communities in the least restrictive way. JoyUs Beginnings has established quality standards to deliver effective and culturally competent care that promotes resiliency and independence. JoyUs Beginnings sets policies, promotes self-determination, protects human rights, and supports evidence-based mental health training and research. This critical mission is accomplished by working in partnership with other federal, state, and local agencies, individuals, providers, and communities, and most notable families.
Dr. Sharnell Myles, Psy. D., LPC
"Since I was a small child, my parents instilled in me the spirit to give, the spirit to love unconditionally, the spirit to laugh, the spirit to live."
Dr. Myles is a licensed psychotherapist (trauma specialist) and advocate who has worked in the behavioral health field over 16 years. She has specialized training, education, and experience working with young children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Myles began her journey as a therapist at Norforlk State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Community and Clinical Psychology. She was then awarded a subsequent Master's degree in Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology degree (child/adolescent and assessment concentration) from Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia.
During her graduate studies, Dr. Myles completed practica at Clayton County Child and Adolescent Program in Jonesboro, Georgia and Murphy-Harpst Children's Center in Cedartown, Georgia. In addition, she completed an APA internship at Terry's Children Psychiatric Center in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Myles focused on trauma-informed treatments in the residential, forensic, and outpatient programs. Her doctoal dissertation was entitled "Group Treatment Efficacy: Working with sexually abused boys and girls".
Dr. Myles has been deemed an expert in legal cases involving child and adolescent trauma. She has worked in the arena of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) for several years. JoyUs Beginnings is a Partner agency with the State of Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and is a member of the Georgia state-wide Multidisciplinary Team for DMST. Dr. Myels has presented at various conferences and speaking engagements on the topics of DMST. Her audience has included attorinies, judges, law enforcement, advocate groups, collegiate groups, teachers, social workers, clergy, parents, and teen groups to name a few.
Dr. Myles has experience working in vast settings that include outpatient, residential, forensic, education, day treatment, juvenile justice, military, and community-based settings. In addition, JoyUs Beginnings has been recognized as a grantee of several learning communities through The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and received year-long consultation and training on evidence-based trauma informed treatment modalities for children, adolescents, and families. More recently, JoyUs Beginnings was a member of the Project Intercept SAMHSA funded grant which focused on utilizing Trauma-Focused BCT with youth who were victims of child sex trafficking.
Dr. Myles provides services to children and adolescents to address issues such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, depression, trauma related issues (sexual and physical abuse), school-related issues, anxiety and stress, to name a few. Dr. Myles is extremely proud of the work that is completed with girls who have high risk behaviors that leads to commercial sexual exploitation. Adult issues commonly treated include, but are not limited to, marriage and communication difficulties, work-related stress, depression, anxiety, family conflict, and trauma-related issues.
Dr. Myles also provides clinical supervision to "budding" therapists and provides consultation services and trainings to schools, mental health agencies, churches, and the lay community.
Amanda Nicholson, LAMFT, M.Ed
"Courage Dear Heart." - C.S. Lewis
Amanda Nicholson is an associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in sex therapy. She has had the pleasure of working with couples, families, and individuals of all ages during her budding career as a therapist. Amanda began her journey at Savannah State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavior Analysis. She then attended Mercer University School of Medicine and earned a Master of Family Therapy degree and was also awarded the Kay Wilson Shurden Outstanding Student in Marriage and Family Therapy award. Amanda currently attends Widener University and is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Human Sexuality Studies and was subsequent awarded a Master of Education degree in Human Sexuality Studies with a concentration in clinical sex therapy.
During her graduate studies Amanda completed her practica at the Family Health Center and Mercer Family Therapy Center in Macon, Ga., and Atlanta Metropolitan State College’s Counseling and Disabilities Center in Atlanta, Ga. Amanda likes to combine mindfulness, theory-informed treatment, and collaboration with her clients to provide a comfortable and learning centered therapeutic experience.
Amanda has led and participated in presentations on Title IX and Sexual Assault Awareness, domestic violence, building healthy romantic relationships, gender roles and stereotypes, and safe sex practices.
"In my spare time, I enjoy Zumba, Yoga, reading, blogging, and eating things that are good for my soul." ~Amanda