Meet the Team

It is the mission of Open Arms Counseling Center to help you work through past hurt and make positive changes. 
Our vision is to help you overcome the difficulties that prevent you from thinking, feeling, and behaving in ways that are healthy and enhance your relationships, performance, and overall quality of life.

Shaketa Robinson-Bruce, LPC, NCC, CPCS

Shaketa Robinson-Bruce a Board-Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Development and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Troy University.

She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Mercer University. Her research interests are historical and racial trauma of African Americans and complex trauma in women. She is the clinical director and founder of Open Arms Counseling Center in Atlanta, Georgia where she provides counseling for women. She has received certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy, both of which she uses to treat trauma and PTSD. She is currently studying to include Yoga, Liberation psychology, and Anti Oppressive psychotherapy into her work with clients as a social justice counselor.

Shaketa speaks professionally at conferences, colleges/universities, organizations, and community events on the lasting effects of slavery, mental health in African Americans, and intergenerational trauma. She has also been featured on the Therapy for Black Girls podcast, Pop Sugar magazine, and local news discussing mental health issues that are unique to African Americans. Shaketa has practiced as a mental health therapist in residential, community mental
health, and outpatient settings for nearly 15 years.

Kafi Oseni, LPC, NCC

The demands of life can become overwhelming and even hard to manage alone. Stress related to work or school, struggling to maintain healthy relationships, or even experienced trauma can lead to increased anxiety, depression, or difficulty coping with life’s demand. Have you tried handling these things alone? If so, you do not have to. My goal as your counselor is to co-create with you the life that you are wanting to achieve, while helping you to live your best life! While working together we will have an opportunity to
explore the thoughts, feelings, experiences, fears, uncertainties, and anything else you need in your life to help cultivate a resolution, clarity, peace, and happiness.

Hi, my name is Kafi, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor in the Atlanta area and I look forward to working with you. I provide a fostering, genuine, and empathetic counseling atmosphere, where you can openly express yourself comfortably and free of judgment.

I specialize in working with adults with a variety of challenges and counseling services are personalized to meet your desired goals. My therapeutic approach is unstructured, using real-life application along with an integrative approach encompassing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. I invite you to take the first step toward the rest of your life!

Deiona Carter, APC

Deiona Carter is a licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. She passionate about working with children, adolescents, and their families. Deiona believes in working with parents as a team to help their child reach their full potential. She has experience in leading groups and working with children who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and various mental health disorders. Deiona has provided counseling in a private practice setting and in schools. She has also been an individual coach who works with teen girls who are experiencing transitions. In 2014, Deiona completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Georgia State University and later returned for graduate school where she earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling in 2017.

Deiona believes that no two clients are the same and enjoys creating interventions and activities that incorporate clients’ interests. She uses techniques from various counseling models including play therapy, Person Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. By maintaining unconditional positive regard and empathy for all clients, Deiona is able to provide a safe and supportive environment. Deiona is passionate about helping her clients reach their goals in all aspects of their lives no matter where they are on their journey.

Suwanne Sancko, APC

Suwanne Sancko is an Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology and Women Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. Suwanne trained at an inpatient psychiatric hospital and substance abuse treatment facility. She has comprehensive experience with assessing and counseling youth and adults with co-occurring disorders.  

Suwanne is an energetic, strong-willed and open-minded therapist who uses positive psychology and cognitive-behavioral therapy to combat challenges clients are facing. Her approach is to instill confidence in her clients while using evidence-based techniques. She aids clients in developing their sense of self, self-awareness and assessing their own readiness for change and growth. 

Suwanne has experience collaborating with people of diverse backgrounds. She understands how it feels to be different and misunderstood. As  a Jamaican native who was raised by a single-mother, she has learned how to be resilient, authentic and independent.  She strives to create a safe and welcoming therapeutic environment where clients are free to express themselves without fear of judgment.

Leah Howard, Associate licensed counselor

Leah’s primary goal is to create an environment of safety and respect for adolescents (11-19 years), young adults (20s-30s), and families to experience a reflective and transformative process by way of therapy. Leah is a currently working towards becoming an Associate Professional Counselor under direction and supervision.

She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Spelman College, followed by a Master of Education Degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University. Leah has presented at multiple counseling conferences in the southeastern region and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Counselor Education & Supervision with an emphasis in Sports Counseling. Her certificate in Sports Counseling is from the University of California of Pennsylvania. Leah has also served as a doctoral intern at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta as well as been an adjunct faculty professor at Mercer University.

Leah provides current, research-supported psychotherapy for navigating challenges such as life transitions, anxiety and stress, grief and loss, social support, and relationship/family issues. Leah’s goal for her clients is that they prioritize their mental well-being and be open-minded to the therapeutic process.


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2801 Buford Highway NE
Suite 540
Brookhaven, GA 30329