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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 since 2005.

Chiquita Golden

Virtual Assistant

Jessica Collins, LAPC

Life can leave us feeling disconnected from ourselves, family, friends, and everything we care about. As your therapist, my job is to provide a safe place where you can reconnect with yourself and your life. I am passionate about working to serve the BIPOC (Black, Brown, & Indigenous People of Color) adult population and helping them to navigate through life. Also, I welcome LBTQIA+ and non-binary individuals.

My focus is on delivering trauma informed care with specific focuses on trauma responses, grief, anger, coping with symptoms, social skills, race related issues, & all things mental health. I also facilitate groups and previously worked as a group leader where I taught individuals about all things mental health.

As a therapist I believe holistic care is important. Together we will address the mind body connection as we work towards healing. My goal is to help you reconnect with your mind and body, and reclaim your peace through counseling. Healing is important, so let’s start today and build your life the way you envision it.

Ebony Columbus, Intern

Hi, my name is Ebony Columbus. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at Walden University. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I have a bachelor’s degree in English- Creative Writing. Mental health is very important to me personally and professionally. I am specifically passionate about educating and empowering marginalized communities to prioritize their mental health and wellness. I want to continue to end the stigmas and myths that surround mental health. I want to help clients break generational cycles of trauma and abuse. I want to serve clients who experience chronic anxiety, depression, grief, relationship conflict, family conflict, self-esteem issues, and major life transitions. 

I am excited to begin this portion of my graduate program by completing my field experience with Open Arms Counseling Center. I look forward to meeting clients where they are, being my authentic self, putting my skills into practice, and utilizing theories and interventions to help clients improve their overall well-being. I am honored to be supervised under Shaketa Robinson-Bruce, LPC, NCC, CPCS, and to work with an amazing team of Black women counseling professionals.