ACES Counseling Provides Substance Abuse Evaluation Services in Atlanta, GA


Atlanta Counseling and Evaluation Services consists of a team of qualified professionals providing psychotherapy & assessment for children, adolescents and adults, as well as court ordered evaluations in Metro Atlanta. Our professional knowledge in counseling and therapy provides effective assistance to individuals suffering from depression or anxiety, alcohol and drug addiction, marital or family problems and other emotional burdens.

We are located in Roswell, Atlanta and our goal is to help make the lives of North Atlanta residents better and more positive. We serve Roswell, Alpharetta, Woodstock, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and all of North Atlanta communities.

Our staff members possess the needed qualities of an effective counselor and therapist; some of the most useful being:

  • Curiosity and perceptiveness
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Emotional stability
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Open mindedness
  • Patience

Curiosity and perceptiveness are helpful in a therapist's practice because it allows them to understand why people behave as they do and to know what type of therapeutic strategy to administer to their clients. Through curiosity, our counselors will not be content until they find the root cause of the problem as well as appropriate solutions to help clients deal with what they are feeling. Perceptiveness will aid them in discovering certain patterns or trends that can be useful in making the individual better.

A therapist or counselor must definitely have strong interpersonal skills because communication is one of the key tools to be used in the field of psychotherapy and assessment. Our staff here at our counseling center in Metro Atlanta will be helping people from different walks of life while providing different services including court ordered evaluations, with various personalities, so being skilled in this area makes them effective in what they do to make the lives of clients have better meaning.

Emotional stability is one important ingredient in being an effective ACES counselor. In order to give sound and objective advice, the therapist must be sure of himself or herself emotionally. If the counselor manages stress properly, they can handle their client's problems better without their own personal issues interfering.

Listening is of great significance in assessing a client's needs, and understanding the emotions of a person with sincerity is another important trait. With empathy and compassion, the ACES staff would be able to gauge the problem and help them deal with the challenge much better.

Ethics is one unavoidable element as an ACES counselor or as a therapist in general. There are boundaries to consider when working in this field as included in the code of psychotherapy and counseling and the law. Confidentiality, objectiveness and following the standards in dealing with clients are all important in our counseling center. We also guarantee utmost professionalism in working with your lawyers with regards to your need for court ordered evaluation services in Metro Atlanta.

Open-mindedness is helpful, especially in managing clients who do not seem to improve or gain an ability to cope. Being open minded allows a counselor to understand clients better and find more ways to help them become better individuals.

As the saying goes, patience is a virtue, ACES counselors and therapists here at our counseling center in Metro Atlanta are capable of providing every client with court ordered evaluations to help you in your legal issues. We have such traits in order to successfully assist their clients in achieving a changed self, looking forward to a better future without intrapersonal and interpersonal troubles. Even in the advent that a client seems to resist improvement, patience will be the counselors way to break through the barriers to reach the person within.

Please see a brief profile of our staff below:

Yousef Shams, LPC, NCC, CCFC, SAP

Yousef received his masters' degree in counseling psychology from Florida State University. He holds a license for professional counseling in Georgia and is a Certified DUI clinical evaluator by state of Georgia. He is a National Certified Counselor, Certified Substance Abuse Professional and a Certified National Forensic Counselor. In his 30 years of experience in the mental health/substance abuse field he has served many people with diverse issues.

If you have any questions with regard to the services we offer please phone 678-795-0346 or 770-310-1299, e-mail info@aces-counseling.com or contact us via our contact web page.