Waystone

Way Stone /wā/stōn/ – a safe place to heal along your journey

A waystone both marks the trail and indicates a safe place to rest and be restored before continuing on your journey.

Both Way and Stone are names Jesus uses to refer to Himself:
“I am the WAY the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)

The early church referred to themselves as The Way, or people of the Way.
“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.” (1 Peter 2:4-5a)

About You (Getting Started)

Coming to counseling is a brave step, so way to go! We understand that it can be scary to ask for help and be vulnerable with someone, but research shows that the average person in therapy will have better outcomes than 79% of those who don’t seek treatment (Dr. Henry Westra, summary of over 3000 scientific studies). Studies comparing therapy to medication show that therapy is as effective or more effective during treatment than medications and the results last after treatment is completed.

The two key indicators of the effectiveness of therapy for you is the relationship or fit with your therapist and how much you practice what you learn in therapy in your every-day life. So schedule a time to come meet with us and begin your journey towards health and healing. Contact us for more information. appointments@waystonelmft.com

About Us

Beth Leonard

Beth takes seriously the privilege of journeying with clients through the process of healing. Her desire is to create a safe place to heal and grow in an environment where you feel honored and respected, have space to process life issues and relationships, and to determine and work toward your goals.  She specializes in treating trauma and working with those who feel voiceless and struggle with codependency. She loves helping individuals find greater meaning and purpose in life, and couples at all stages (dating, pre-engagement, engagement, marriage, divorce and remarriage) develop greater intimacy in all aspects of their relationships. Her life motto is: “Don’t waste your pain.” In life, pain is inevitable. The many ways we try to push it away, anesthetize it, or avoid it can further wound us and cause damage to us and our relationships. But when we allow it, pain can be a powerful tool in the Father’s hand for change and growth. Specific sex therapy issues she addresses include sexual abuse, desire disorders, mismatched desire in couples, female sexual pain and recovery from the impact of sexual addiction/betrayal.  She is a member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT) and the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists (ABCST). She is trained in EMDR and certified in PREPARE/ENRICH for premarital couples. Beth works with adults ages 18+. She can be reached at 678-353-6778 or beth@waystonelmft.com.

Karis Rodila

Karis desires to create a space where you can feel safe and where your story can be heard and honored. She understands the privilege of traveling with you on your healing journey and offers the skills to guide you well. She specializes in treating sexual issues and loves helping couples at all stages (dating, pre-engagement, engagement, marriage, divorce, and remarriage) develop greater intimacy in all aspects of their relationships. She believes in assisting engaged couples in creating a strong foundation from which they can launch their relationship. She desires to assist couples in distress to heal and grow in intimacy together. She also enjoys working with families and individuals, helping them find greater meaning and purpose in their lives.  Karis has a heart to assist those who feel voiceless and struggle with codependency. Karis works in treating trauma and is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Currently Karis pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a certification in Christian Sex Therapy at Richmont Graduate University. She is due to graduate in May of 2020 and plans to remain at Waystone following graduation. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT). Karis works with adolescents and adults age 16+. She is available at 678-644-0407 or karis@waystonelmft.com.

Appointments 

To schedule, change and confirm appointments or to take care of getting you everything you need to get started, please contact us at 470-364-3238 or email appointments@waystonelmft.com.

Therapies We Offer

Beth and Karis take seriously the privilege of journeying with clients through the process of healing. See the types of services we offer below:

Individual

Some of the specific issues we focus on are codependency, anxiety, depression, trauma (link) and entrenched thoughts and behaviors, which leave clients feeling stuck in undesirable patterns. Beth particularly loves helping clients in mid-life find greater meaning and purpose. Karis loves helping clients in early adulthood establish healthy patterns to take forward into their adult lives.

Our vision is to help people move from surviving to thriving, believing that even though we all struggle, there is greater freedom to be experienced with healing.
Contact us for more information. appointments@waystonelmft.com

Pre-marital
Karis and Beth have a passion for helping couples create a healthy foundation from which to launch their marriages. Their pre-marital package consists of 6 sessions covering topics such as communication, conflict resolution, common stressors that couples face (in-laws, finances, etc.), sexual connecting, boundaries, and spirituality. They also offer a free follow-up session, which is typically held 3-6 months after the wedding.

Currently: Beth is a trained in Prepare-Enrich, which offers personalized test results, providing insights that will put you on a path toward life-long relationship growth. Contact us for more information. appointments@waystonelmft.com

Future (date unknown): Beth and Karis are trained in Prepare-Enrich, which offers personalized test results, providing insights that will put you on a path toward life-long relationship growth.
Contact us for more information. appointments@waystonelmft.com

Marriage/Couples
As Marriage and Family Therapists, Beth and Karis focus on the relational system in marriages and relationships in order to identify patterns and provide tools to help couples get to a healthier place. According to research, 69% of marital conflict is not resolvable because it’s related to gender, family of origin, and personality differences (Gottman). The goal becomes helping couples navigate their differences in healthy ways while honoring one another so that each feels heard and understood. We focus on helping each of you accept responsibility for your contributions to the relational dance and teach tools that will shift you towards healthier dynamics and maximize effective communication.
Contact us for more information. appointments@waystonelmft.com

Sex Therapy
Healthy sexual connecting is a protective factor in marriage. We focus on casting a redeemed vision for sex that honors God’s intent for intimacy in the relationship, both relationally and sexually. We offer a shame-free environment to speak openly about issues that commonly cause tensions in relationships. We cover a variety of issues, including: differences in desire; the different ways men and women view and respond to sex; sexual pain; sexual dysfunction; enhancing optimal functioning; and recovering from the impact of trauma, sexual addiction and affairs. We are available to work with both couples and individuals experiencing any of the above issues.
Contact us for more information.  appointments@waystonelmft.com

Trauma
We have a heart for people with a history of trauma and understand how frightening and overwhelming it can be to begin working on those issues. We work hard to create a safe and healing environment, and to go at a pace that honors the individual. We are available to help with childhood and adult sexual abuse, PTSD, single-incident traumas, childhood neglect and abuse, and more.
We take a neurobiological approach to trauma treatment, which is essentially a fancy way of saying we work to connect your heart, mind and body. The goal is to break the power of distressing memories and entrenched thinking which keeps people stuck in undesirable patterns of behavior.

A primary treatment modality we use is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is an evidence-based treatment shown to effectively alleviate the emotional impact of trauma and distressing memories. Learn more about EMDR here: (video link) (link to EMDRIA). Beth also offers Sand Tray therapy, which is another alternative to talk therapy.
Contact us for more information.  appointments@waystonelmft.com

Groups
Groups are gaining more and more in popularity for many reasons. First, they are an effective and a much more cost-friendly approach to therapy. Second, they act as a powerful change agent in the members’ lives because of the power of community and the felt sense of not being alone in the struggle. Seeing life change in fellow members can empower participants to courageously move forward in their own journeys. We currently offer a women’s “Overcoming Codependency” group in the Spring and Fall, designed for women who struggle to have a voice and who can feel resentful, overly responsible and overwhelmed in relationships. This structured group meets twice a month (Spring and Fall) for 8 meetings and covers topics such as gaining insight into unhealthy patterns, boundaries, self-care, and identifying and overcoming negative thought patterns.
Contact us for more information. karis@waystone.com

Contact Us

Address: 515 E. Crossville Rd., Suite 430, Roswell, GA 30075

Beth Leonard
Email: beth@waystonelmft.com
Phone: (678) 353-6778

Karis Rodila
Email: karis@waystonelmft.com
Phone: (678) 644-0407

For appointments
Email: appointments@waystonelmft.com
Phone: (470) 364-3238