Kelli Ritter, Ph.D., LPC, NCC – Student & Parent Counselor

The Founder and President of Effective Parenting, LLC in Atlanta, Kelli B. Ritter earned her Ph.D. in counseling from Georgia State University where she specialized in child and family counseling. Dr. Ritter is trained as a play therapist with many years of experience and research in child and family therapy. She possesses a unique approach to helping families by utilizing concepts and skills from both Play Therapy, Individual Psychology, and Positive Psychology.

Dr. Ritter inspires parents to make the most of play with their children. Through her classes, workshops and products, Dr. Ritter’s FEEL Method helps parents by engendering confidence in and control over their own parenting style. Dr. Ritter’s parenting book & DVD, Come Play with Me!, illustrates her true passion for working with parents, caregivers, and teachers to enhance relationships with children. Dr. Ritter is also an inspiring public speaker and presenter.

Val Schwan, LPC, NCC, MA- Director of Counseling Services

Val Schwan, LPC, NCC earned her M.A. in Community Counseling from Argosy University and holds a B.S. in Business from Arizona State University.

Val’s work experience includes individual and small group counseling with children and adolescents in the school setting as well as in private practice. She is experienced in helping students with tools for their social and emotional needs that will enable them to thrive. Val enjoys the unique gifts and characteristics of each child and works from a child-centered and strength-based framework.  She provides a supportive environment that encourages students to reach their highest potential academically, emotionally and behaviorally. She is also a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator who helps parents with strategies to navigate difficult parenting challenges.

Yvon Roland, MA, LAPC, NCC- Student & Parent Counselor

Yvon Roland earned her M.A. in Community Counseling from Argosy University and B.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia Southern University. She enjoys working with the students individually and within groups in order to support their social, emotional and academic successes. Yvon believes that every child has a unique gift and journey that should be cultivated and nurtured.

Belinda Horne, M.Ed – Student & Parent Counselor

Teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System for eighteen years gave me the wonderful experience of combining my passion for teaching with my desire to help each child attain to his/her highest possible expression. During that time I was privileged to work in classrooms, as well as, in a program for high-achieving students. I also designed and presented training for teachers seeking certification in Gifted Education for the state of North Carolina. Following my public school teaching I spent a few years traveling nine southeastern states as an Educational Consultant for MacMillan Publishing Company.

My role at Cumberland Academy of Georgia will include staff development, along with parent and student consultations. I will be sharing skills which I have found to be successful while working with ADD/ADHD students, as well as those on the autistic spectrum. I will also create a safe, inviting, de-stressing room within the school for use by the students and others who choose to be there.