Our Behavioral Medicine program offers a safe place to talk with professionals about problems and concerns.
Patients and their families collaborate with our professional team to identify problems and develop individualized treatment plans that address issues such as:
Grief and loss
Marital and relationship distress
Intimate Partner Abuse
Through a team-oriented approach, our behavioral specialists and primary care physicians work together to provide holistic care to our patients.
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.
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.
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
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.
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