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Behavioral Medicine

Emory Family Medicine Clinic at Dunwoody    


psychologist services    Couples counseling    Teen bullying


A Safe Place to Talk

Our Behavioral Medicine program offers a safe place to talk with professionals about problems and concerns.

Collaborative Approach

Patients and their families collaborate with our professional team to identify problems and develop individualized treatment plans that address issues such as:



Smoking cessation

Weight Management

Chronic illness

Grief and loss


Work-related stress

Marital and relationship distress

Parent-child difficulties

Intimate Partner Abuse

Holistic Care

Through a team-oriented approach, our behavioral specialists and primary care physicians work together to provide holistic care to our patients.

Individual Therapy

Couples Therapy

Family Therapy


Emory Family Medicine provides in-house counseling for all our patients. Dr. Kara McDaniel and Dr. Ashley Owen provide counseling for various conditions including depression, anxiety, stress management, family counseling, weight loss, and smoking cessation.

On average, the duration of therapy is approximately 12 sessions (45-60 minutes each); however, it could be more or less, depending on several factors, such as presenting problem(s), therapeutic goals, attendance and compliance, etc.

Since behavioral medicine services are currently not a part of Emory Healthcare´s managed care plans, the Department of Family Medicine charges a fee for service. Amounts charged are set individually, depending on financial need. For more information, please contact the Family Medicine Clinics at Dunwoody, 404-778-6920.

Our Counselors

Kara McDaniel, PhD, NCC, LPC

 Dr. Kara McDaniel is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and a Clinical Member with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Kara has specialized training in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Over the past 16 years, she has worked in a variety of professional, clinical, and educational settings. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and may be struggling with issues pertaining to depression, anxiety, stress, parenting, co-parenting, grief and loss, pet loss and marital, relationship, and family distress.

Training Background:
Ph.D. Family Studies and Human Services with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy: Kansas State University
Behavioral Medicine Doctoral Internship: Emory Family Medicine Clinic-Dunwoody
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy: University of Louisiana-Monroe
Bachelor of Arts Psychology: Centenary College of Louisiana

Ashley Owen, PhD 

Dr. Ashley Owen is a Licensed Psychologist with specialized training in the reciprocal effects of medical illness and psychological processes as well as women's health issues.

Ashley has worked with individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and she has a variety of clinical specialty areas addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, adjustment to pregnancy and postpartum depression, smoking addiction, chronic illnesses, and intimate partner abuse.

Training Background:
Women's Health Postdoctoral Fellowship: Emory University
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology: University of South Florida
APA Accredited Internship: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Master of Arts Clinical Psychology: University of South Florida
Bachelor of Arts Psychology: University of the South


Available Monday through Friday, generally from 8:30 am – 4:15PM at:    

            Emory Family Medicine Clinic Dunwoody  

            4500 N. Shallowford Rd.

            Dunwoody, GA 30338

In the event of an emergency in the evening or on a weekend, patients are advised to contact their local mental health hospital or call 911

To make an appointment, call today: 404-778-6920