a message from Diane Chrestman, LCSW, DCEP, CCht

I am honored to offer counseling services and serve the community of Gwinnett County. My practice and approach to therapy is different than many practices because of the my approach and areas of specialties.

One of the most significant influence in my personal life that carries into my therapeutic approach is my identification as a Buddhist. I have been practicing and studying Buddhist teachings and meditation practices with Buddhist Zen Masters for the past seven years.  Non-secular teachings found in Buddhism have a great impact in how I help clients understand and respond to their mental health problems. An example of a non-secular Buddhist teaching is “right effort”.  I feel that it is wise, and not necessarily Buddhist, to put forth the right effort when you have a problem in your life that you are trying to solve.

The teachings of Buddhism that translate to effective psychological treatments are numerous. I never try to convert clients of another faith to Buddhism, and I am joyful and eager to work with clients from other faiths who share with me the wisdom and benefits of their spiritual practice.


I became interested in energy psychology after reading a remarkable study in the journal of Traumatology (Vol 14, Issue 1, Pages 124-137, March 2008).

In this study, the effectiveness of energy psychology in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was evaluated. The PTSD survivors in this study had been exposed to various traumas including natural disaster, war, and ethnic cleansing. The presentation of symptoms included insomnia, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, inability to concentrate, and flashbacks. Participants in the study reported a clearing of psychological disturbances associated with PTSD to be greater than 90%.

These are stunning results. As a clinically trained mental health professional, I wanted to learn more…. And I did. Over the next few years I began to study, and was eventually certified in this exciting new modality called Energy Psychology. I am honored to have worked with clients who have significantly improved their emotional and cognitive health with energy psychology.  I am excited to be able offer this effective new healing modality in our community.

Conventional medicine is starting to recognize energy healing as an effective treatment for many mental health problems although Eastern cultures have been healing people energetically for thousands of years.

In 2014, there were 60 studies which appeared in various scholarly journals such as the Journal of Clinical Psychology. A level of efficacy was shown in 98% of the studies, when energy treatments were used for a variety of psychological, emotional, and cognitive issues.

If you would like more information regarding research findings please visit http://www.energypsych.org/?Research_Landing or http://www.energypsych.org/?Research_Landing


Many people are seeking non-invasive and alternative mental health treatment options, perhaps due to the side effects of psychotropic medication.  The holistic nature of our body and mind contains a powerful potential for healing, which I believe should be the first response of treatment for mental health illnesses.  In severe cases of illness medication and even hospitalization is the right response.

The non-secular teaching of Buddhism helps us to understand the nature of our mind, feelings and thoughts and grow the seeds of peace, integrity and wisdom within us. We can use the protocols of energy psychology to support us to live our lives in the highest possible state.

I authentically attempt to facilitate healing so that you can begin the next step of your journey in this life, and so that you can move towards the life you are intended to live.

with peace – diane