About Transfiguration

Collectively, we offer decades of experience in a wide range of mental health concerns and life skills approaches that includes psychotherapy, spiritual care and counseling, and life coaching. What truly inspires and motivates us is seeing clients grow – spiritually, mentally, and emotionally – and we embark on the journey that leads to healing and recovery.

Dr. Gerry Crete, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

Clinical Director

Gerry is a therapist specializing in therapy for individuals, couples, and families; he is the founder and president of Transfiguration Counseling and is an EMDR certified therapist and EMDRIA approved Consultant who specializes in the treatment of trauma and anxiety disorders. His doctoral dissertation focused on the treatment of male survivors of sexual trauma. He also has extensive experience working with substance and behavioral addictions.

Dr. Crete is also a marriage and family therapist with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and couples. He has additional experience working with seminarians, priests, and religious.

551-282-9926 //  gerry@transfigurationcounseling.com




Dr. Rich Dell Isola, Ph.D., LMFTA

Marriage & Family Therapist and Couples Coach

Location: North Carolina

Rich received a Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy from Kansas State University and is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. One of his main clinical and research interests is marital therapy; he is passionate about premarital preparation and marital work with couples who have encountered disappointment, conflict, divorce ideation, and with couples who just feel “stuck.” Rich also has experience treating adolescents, undergraduate and graduate students, families, and trauma survivors (emotional, physical, and sexual), and has worked extensively with people struggling with depression and anxiety. He utilizes evidence-based approaches such as solution-focused therapy, self-determination theory, and attachment theory. Rich is also passionate about integrating spirituality into treatment when requested by his clients. During sessions, his goal is to establish an environment that is empathetic, collaborative, and goal-focused.

Rich was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Some of his greatest joys include family time with his wife and two children, the Mass, reading (e.g., Scripture, the Saints, C.S. Lewis), and running.

551-282-9926 //  rich@transfigurationcounseling.com


Dr. Pilar Castaneda, LMFT

Location: Houston, Texas
Licensed to Provide Telehealth Therapy: Texas, New York, and California

Dr. Pilar Castaneda is a bilingual marriage and family therapist specializing in therapy for individuals, couples, and families. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and her doctorate from Syracuse University.  She has extensive experience working with trauma and diverse populations. Dr. Castaneda taught family therapy at the Universidad de la Sabana, coordinated the practicum experience for psychology students, provided supervision, and worked in private practice.




John Cathey, MA, LAPC

Counselor and Psychotherapist

Location: Georgia

John Cathey, MA, is an Associate Professional Counselor with a Masters in Professional Counseling from Truett McConnell University.

He also has a previous Masters in Theological Studies from Holy Spirit College in Atlanta. John’s areas of focus include men’s issues, relationships, communication, identity, marital stress, parenting, religious and spiritual topics, and multicultural contexts. He also has extensive experience as a school teacher and youth minister. John provides professional counseling, psychotherapy, and spiritual care consulting.

551-282-9926 //  john@transfigurationcounseling.com


Erin Prater, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor and EMDR Therapist

Location: South Carolina and Georgia

Erin Moore, MS, is a licensed professional counselor with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Divine Mercy University.

Erin is also an EMDR trained therapist who is passionate about providing a safe place for clients to heal from trauma and improve their daily functioning. Additional areas of focus include anxiety and depression, marriage and family therapy, parenting coaching, and spiritual integration.

551-282-9926 //  erin@transfigurationcounseling.com


Brian Prater, MS, LPC-A

Licensed Professional Associate Counselor and EMDR Therapist

Location: South Carolina

Brian Prater, MS, is an Associate Professional Counselor with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Divine Mercy University School of Counseling.

Brian’s therapeutic approach is trauma-informed and holistic, as the physical, psychological, and spiritual are intrinsically interconnected. His treatment modalities include parts work, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Family Systems Therapy (for couples and families), and Gottman Therapy (for couples and families). At the client’s request, Brian will also integrate spirituality from a Roman Catholic perspective. Most often, he does this using Ignatian spiritual exercises, the systematic theology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Thomism), and the Theology of the Body of Pope St. John Paul II. Brian accompanies his clients at their own pace as they grow in wellness in all areas of their life. 



Gina Smith, MS, LAPC

Counselor and Psychotherapist

Location: Georgia

Gina Smith, MS, is an Associate Professional Counselor with a Masters in School Counseling from Mercer University. Her areas of focus are anxiety, ADHD, self-esteem, effective communication, and life transitions.

Gina has over ten years of experience as a classroom teacher and five years of experience as a middle school counselor in public and private schools. She has used a solution-focused, narrative approach with clients. Her passion is working with children and adolescents by providing them a safe space to help them see their value, find their strengths, and develop skills to improve their coping strategies and communicate effectively with others.



María Rosa Muñoz, M.A., M.S., L.A.P.C.

Counselor and Psychotherapist

Location: Georgia

María believes that every human being has the capacity to heal. She is passionate about helping her clients find hope and accompanying them on their journey to healing.  She provides individual counseling to children, adolescents, families, and adults. Her clients include couples preparing for marriage or the birth of a child and mothers working through the challenges of pregnancy, post-partum, or pregnancy loss. She has also worked with college and graduate school students, consecrated women, and priests. Many of her clients seek help managing a life transition, processing grief, or healing from trauma.  She also treats anxiety and depression.

Her hallmark is fostering a deep therapeutic alliance with her clients through active listening and non-judgment. She sometimes incorporates play, art, and sand tray work with clients open to these. She also has experience with doing parts work.

As a former special education teacher, she has a heart for children and adults with learning differences and ADHD.

María has an M.A. in Psychology from UVa (1987) and earned an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health from Divine Mercy University in 2019. She has been married to Alex for over thirty years and is a mom to five adults and grandma to three young children. She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and Stott Pilates.

Numero Español: 770-904-1609



Kaitlin Byrne

Licensed Professional Counselor

Kaitlin Byrne is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health from Richmont Graduate University. She has spent her career thus far in residential treatment centers and private practice serving adolescents and their families with a variety of presenting mental and relational health concerns. As well as supporting families entering into recovery from substance misuse.

Kaitlin is certified in Prolonged Exposure therapy for individuals with PTSD diagnosis. She has received additional training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Psychodrama. She is also a certified Spiritual Director through Divine Mercy University.

She is passionate about meeting clients in the tension of their current experience and being able to journey with them to a new freedom.



Patrick Williams, MS, LAPC Candidate, NCC

Counselor and Psychotherapist

Patrick Williams, MS, is an Associate Professional Counselor candidate with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Patrick previously worked at Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods in their Transitions Behavioral Health program.

Patrick seeks to collaborate with his clients through a holistic approach. Psychoeducation, personal insight, understanding, identity, and relationships are the foundation for effective therapy. His therapeutic interventions include humanistic and other evidence-based approaches.

College students, adolescents, young adults, seniors, couples, and families are some of the populations he works with. He focuses on the topics of grief and loss, depression, anxiety, vocational discernment, men’s issues, life transitions, unemployment, and the Covid-19 pandemic.




Life Strategies Coach

Ruth brings hope and clarity to clients of all ages by helping them to identify and unlock their unique brilliance and learn to effectively apply it in order to achieve their optimal life!

Ruth helps people identify where they are now, where they want to be, and how to bridge the gap to achieve their desired outcome. Using a strengths-based, action-oriented, and solution-focused approach, Ruth helps people create practical plans and effective strategies that help define purpose, overcome obstacles, improve relationships, set goals, define values, and navigate the changes and transitions of life.

She is a Certified Life and Strengths Strategies Master Coach and People Acuity Specialist, with additional training, certifications, and licensing in Marriage and Family Dynamics, Relationship Coaching, Boundaries Coaching, Spiritual Coaching, Strengths Strategies for Optimal Living, Using Strengths Strategies to Build Strong Families, Using Strengths Strategies to Build Confident Teens, and Effective Communication.

Ruth has been married to her high school sweetheart for 39 years. Together they have been blessed with 8 amazing human beings, who have in turn have blessed them with more little people! They currently have 11 Grands and look forward to more! This crew definitely provides LOTS of fun and interesting moments!

What Ruth loves…..God, her family, people, “being” over “doing”, simple things, hugs, deep meaningful conversations, brainstorming new ideas and possibilities, traveling to see her out of town peeps, camping, walks in the woods or along the beach, animals of all kinds, creating, dreaming, and she LOVES getting to know and walk with people just like you, as they seek to live the life God created them for!

551-282-9926 // ruth@ruthoneil.com // https://ruthoneil.com 


Juliette Crete Doucette

Business Manager and Intake Coordinator

Juliette Crete Doucette is our Intake Coordinator and is available to help you find the right counselor, therapist, or coach. You can reach her by phone, email, or contact page below.

As the Business Manager and Intake Coordinator for Transfiguration Counseling and Coaching, Juliette handles client communication, intake coordination and business process management.

Juliette hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and graduated from CDI College as a Certified Dental Assistant Level II and then her passion for healthcare and business management led her to managing several healthcare offices in the Ottawa area.

551-282-9926 //  juliette@transfigurationcounseling.com