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Morning Star Christian Counseling

Online Therapy for Mental Health

Based in Athens Ga. 

Patricia Mann Ph.D, LPC, NCC

Member of The American Association of Christian Counselors

Member of the National Board for Certified Counselors

Member of the License Professional Counselors Association
of Georgia

We offer self-pay and health insurance options.

As part of providing you with the best possible care, I work with a third-party mental health company that assists in handling insurance claims and billing.


They specialize in streamlining the insurance process, which can be quite complex.

Using this third-party company allows us to focus more on your treatment and less on administrative tasks, which ultimately benefits your overall care.

I want to emphasize that your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance. The third-party company complies with all HIPAA regulations to safeguard your personal information.

If you have any questions or concerns about this arrangement or how it might affect you, please don't hesitate to share them with me. Your comfort and understanding are important to me.

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Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.   -Proverbs 11-14


Patricia Mann

Dr. Patricia Mann, PhD

Philosopher, Educator, and Counselor

Dr. Patricia Mann is a distinguished scholar, educator, and counselor with a profound commitment to the fields of philosophy, education, and mental health. With a remarkable academic journey spanning multiple disciplines, she has garnered expertise that uniquely positions her as a leader in counselor education and supervision.

Patricia's academic journey began with an unwavering passion for understanding the intricate workings of the human mind and soul. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Philosophy, with a specialization in counselor education and supervision. Her rigorous doctoral studies have honed her analytical acumen and critical thinking, enabling her to contribute significantly to the advancement of theoretical and practical dimensions within her field.

Complementing her philosophical pursuits, Patricia's dedication to empowering individuals led her to achieve a Master's degree in Human Services, with a specialization in mental health counseling. Her comprehensive grasp of mental health dynamics and compassionate counseling skills have allowed her to make a tangible difference in the lives of countless individuals navigating challenging circumstances.

Recognizing the interconnectedness of holistic well-being, Patricia holds a Master's degree in Ministry, reflecting her profound commitment to spiritual and emotional growth. Her nuanced understanding of the intersection between faith and personal development has provided a unique perspective in her counseling and educational endeavors.

At the core of Patricia's pursuits is her unyielding devotion to education. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Education, reflecting her deep-rooted appreciation for timeless wisdom and her desire to inspire others through the transformative power of knowledge.

Beyond her impressive academic achievements, Patricia finds immeasurable joy in her roles as a mother to four accomplished adult children, a loving grandmother to three grandchildren, and a devoted partner to her wonderful husband, Dwayne. Her family provides constant inspiration and support in her quest to foster positive change in the lives of those she encounters.

Patricia's compassion extends to her canine companion, Maggie, who faithfully brightens her days with unwavering loyalty and affection.

Through her multi-faceted academic journey, Dr. Patricia Mann has emerged as a beacon of wisdom, empathy, and insight. Her dedication to philosophy, education, and counseling continues to leave an indelible mark on both her students and the broader community, enriching lives and fostering a deeper understanding of the human experience.


About Telehealth

Telehealth counseling, also known as teletherapy or online counseling, is a form of mental health support that allows individuals to receive counseling or therapy services remotely using communication technology. Traditionally, counseling sessions take place in person at a therapist's office, but with telehealth counseling, the interaction occurs over the Internet through video conferencing, phone calls, or even text-based messaging platforms.

Here's how telehealth counseling works:

  1. Accessibility and Convenience: Telehealth counseling offers a significant advantage in terms of accessibility and convenience. It breaks down geographical barriers, making it possible for people who may live in remote areas or have limited access to mental health services to connect with licensed therapists and counselors from anywhere, as long as they have an internet connection.

  2. Video Conferencing Sessions: One of the most common methods used in telehealth counseling is video conferencing. During a video session, the therapist and the client can see and hear each other in real-time, allowing for face-to-face communication and interaction, similar to an in-person counseling session. This method helps to establish a more personal and human connection, even though the participants are not physically in the same location.

  3. Phone Call communication: In addition to video sessions, telehealth counseling can also be conducted through phone calls.  This option can be particularly beneficial for individuals who might feel uncomfortable with video sessions.  Also, when using video chat, you are able to turn off your camera and just use the audio portion of the telehealth session if you so desire. 

  4. Secure and Confidential: Telehealth counseling platforms prioritize the security and confidentiality of client information. Reputable telehealth services ensure that their communication channels are encrypted and comply with privacy regulations to protect sensitive client data.

  5. Flexible Scheduling: Telehealth counseling offers greater flexibility in scheduling appointments. It can accommodate individuals with busy lifestyles or those facing challenges that might prevent them from attending in-person sessions.

  6. Variety of Mental Health Support: Telehealth counseling covers various mental health needs, including individual therapy, couples counseling, family therapy, and even group therapy sessions. This diverse range of services allows individuals to find the support that best suits their specific needs.

  7. Effectiveness: Numerous studies have shown that telehealth counseling can be as effective as in-person counseling for many mental health conditions. This makes it a valuable option for individuals seeking professional help and support.

Overall, telehealth counseling provides a modern and accessible approach to mental health care, allowing individuals to connect with trained professionals and work through their challenges from the comfort and privacy of their own space.

Mental Health Services

Below is a list of some of the specific types of mental health services offered.  Other types of counseling are available, please contact us for more information.

There are many different types of mental health conditions, each with its own unique set of symptoms and challenges. It's important to note that mental health is complex, and individuals may experience a combination of symptoms that do not fit neatly into a single category. Here are some common types of mental health conditions:

  • Depression: A mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in activities. It can affect sleep, appetite, energy levels, and concentration.​

  • Anxiety Disorders: These include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and specific phobias. They involve excessive worry, fear, or nervousness that can interfere with daily life.

  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): A condition characterized by unstable relationships, intense mood swings, impulsivity, and a distorted sense of self.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Develops after experiencing a traumatic event and involves intrusive thoughts, nightmares, hypervigilance, and avoidance of triggers.

  • Substance Use Disorders: Involves the misuse or dependence on substances such as alcohol, drugs, or medications, leading to negative effects on physical and mental health.

  • Major Neurocognitive Disorder (Dementia): Progressive decline in cognitive function, including memory, reasoning, and communication, often seen in conditions like Alzheimer's disease.

  • Personality Disorders: Apart from BPD, this category includes other disorders such as antisocial, avoidant, and narcissistic personality disorders, which involve persistent patterns of thought, behavior, and interpersonal functioning.

  • Major Neurocognitive Disorder (Dementia): Progressive decline in cognitive function, including memory, reasoning, and communication, often seen in conditions like Alzheimer's disease.

These are just a few examples, and there are many other mental health conditions that affect individuals differently. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health challenges, it's important to seek professional help and support. Mental health professionals can provide accurate diagnosis and effective treatment strategies.

Get in Touch!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please ask for Patricia Mann on

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