John R. Ballew

John R. Ballew

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Life Coach, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - LPC000577
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $160-$180 per hour. I keep some reduced-fee spaces available for low-income clients. I can provide a no-cost initial consultation by phone to make sure we're a good fit.
Free Initial Consultation


537 Linwood Ave., NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30306

My Approach to Helping

My clients often come to me because anxiety, depression, or relationship problems keep them from the happiness they deserve. I help all kinds of people, and specialize in LGBT concerns. I often work with busy professionals who must juggle personal and work demands, and who need help finding balance. If you want to learn more about me, please visit my website. You'll find articles I've written on many topics there. If you're ready to get started, I'll work alongside you.

I keep my client load low so I can offer the best possible care. My clients find me engaged and active, supportive and empathetic. I work out of my home office in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, offering a tranquil and comfortable space to talk about your challenges. I love what I do!

As my location in the heart of Atlanta suggests, I work with a diverse group of women and men. I enjoy that diversity. I'm a seasoned psychotherapist, bringing more than 25 years of experience in private practice to my work. I offer therapy to both couples and individuals.

More Info About My Practice

I do not bill insurance directly, but I see a number of clients who are reimbursed for the cost of therapy based on out-of-network coverage in their insurance plan. Please ask me if you have questions.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I'm grateful for work that allows me to make a difference in people's lives. After 25 years in private practice, I remain curious about the new people who come to my consultation room and I am eager to get started in helping them find their way forward. I know the process of finding a therapist can feel intimidating for many people. I also know that the courage to step through the therapist's office door can be rewarded with a more fulfilling life. When I feel I've made a contribution to making someone's life better, I'm a happy guy!

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

One of my first questions with new clients is often, "How will we know when we've finished our work? What do we need to accomplish together?" I support my clients in making choices about frequency and length of therapy. So some people come in weekly; others every other week or less often. Some people come in with very specific concerns and want to deal with a few issues, taking no more time than necessary. Others find that therapy is part of how they care for themselves and want to establish a longer-term relationship. A good therapist is responsive to the client's needs and concerns and adjusts the pace of work accordingly.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with adults of all sorts; many of my clients are LGBT people.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Holotropic Breathwork
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Positive Psychotherapy
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