About East Atlanta Counseling
History & Space
East Atlanta Counseling Services opened in the Spring of 2018. Catherine named the practice “East Atlanta Counseling Services” because since moving to Atlanta, her heart has been drawn to this side of town. The East Side of Atlanta has a chill, inclusive, progressive vibe with lots of character. Kind of like the people we find ourselves drawn to work with.
Our mission is to create a safe space for our clients to look honestly at themselves and understand why they do the things they do — then make the necessary changes so they can have the life they truly want. We value the therapeutic relationship as the true change agent, so we believe connecting with your therapist is vital.
We are located in a gorgeous building in serene Oakhurst surrounded by many other therapists, so the environment is quiet and calming.
We would be honored to work with you.
Catherine Moon, LCSW
I’m the therapist who created East Atlanta Counseling Services.
I was born and raised in Macon, GA. I received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia. I’m what they call a “double dawg.”
At Georgia, when I wasn’t reading Barrett Browning’s poetry or eating at Big City Bread, I worked with several non-profit organizations.
In Athens, I worked at a nonprofit where I taught baking and job skills to people who struggled to find careers. At Samaritan Counseling Center, I learned how to be a therapist myself. I had a lovely DBT mentor take me under her wing to show me the ropes and allow me to co-lead groups.
When I married my wonderful husband Jake, I moved up to Atlanta, or as my family called it, “the big city.” I began working as a DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Primary Counselor at Skyland Trail, one of the top ten psychiatric residential facilities in the U.S. They sent me to training with Behavioral Tech to become foundationally trained in DBT. I credit Skyland with giving me the framework and skills that allowed me to confidently walk into private practice and do the work I do today.
From there, I joined a lovely group called Lullwater Counseling. I wanted to deepen my work as a therapist and treat an issue that almost every person that I loved working with had — trauma– so I went to training at the EMDR Institute to be able to do EMDR. EMDR is an incredible therapy that quite frankly pumps me up. It is transformative.
I also incorporate other treatment modalities into my therapy, including CBT, Radically Open DBT, Interpersonal, Internal Family Systems, Ego-State and Emotionally Focused Therapy techniques.
My long-term goal has always been to open my own private practice…and here I am!
I feel immense gratitude for the work that I get to do every day. There is quite frankly nothing I’d rather do.
Julie Justus, LMSW
Julie Justus, LMSW, is a licensed psychotherapist who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She currently works primarily with children, adolescents and young adults. Julie has experience working on DBT clinical teams in two of the top residential treatment centers in the country, Skyland Trail and Hillside Hospital. She finds herself at home in the realm of working with clients suffering from trauma, unstable moods, depression, anxiety, relationship chaos, impassivity, emotional turmoil, self harm, and finding life overall not being worth living. She currently is a therapist at Hillside Hospital and has the pleasure of working with a diverse population of adolescents and their caregivers from Atlanta and all over the USA. She continues to have a passion for working with young adults to help them live up to their full potential.
Julie values most the relationship with her clients. Her non-judgmental stance and natural inclination towards acceptance make her ideal for working with those struggling with self-esteem issues. Mindfulness and Compassion-based work are central to her approach and she is currently in the process of becoming a CBCT (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) teacher through the Center for Contemplative Sciences at Emory University. Julie loves to incorporate humor and creativity into her work with clients. She is excellent at finding the balance between helping clients not take themselves so seriously and helping them hold themselves accountable. Julie believes that by facing reality head on (with a gentle guide) clients can decrease suffering and work towards the ultimate goal of building a life that's worth getting out of bed for.
Julie is able to offer Animal Assisted Therapy interventions by request in individual therapy. She and her Golden Retriever Leia are a registered therapy team through PetPartners. They love practicing DBT skills and providing validation with clients. Julie also loves group work and prides herself on bringing joy into DBT groups. She is an avid believer in experiential learning and gets clients active in the learning process.
Julie is an animal, art, and music lover. She loves being in the mountains, crafting with friends, and seeing live music. She also is a huge gymnastics fan and spends much of her free time following her favorite athletes and teams as they compete.