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​​Athens Psychological Services

Toni L. Mason, PhD

Dr. Toni Mason, a licensed psychologist, has been in private practice in Athens since 2003.  Dr. Mason graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in psychology, then a master's degree, and finally a Ph.D.  Dr. Mason completed a predoctoral internship at Commerce City Schools.  Her postdoctoral fellowship was completed at the Rutland Psychoeducational Center in Athens.  Dr. Mason has also served as a supervising psychologist at the UGA School Psychology Clinic, training and supervising doctoral students in psychology.

Dr. Mason’s practice focuses on children and adolescents from age 2 to 17.  Dr. Mason works with children and their parents to address problems with behavior management, anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment, grief, anger, and other emotional and behavioral disorders.  Therapy is tailored to fit each child’s needs.  

A. Shayne Abelkop, PhD  

Dr. Shayne Abelkop is a licensed psychologist, a nationally certified school psychologist, and a state certified school psychologist. She has expertise in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families.  She received undergraduate training in psychology at The University of Georgia (B.A. Magna Cum Laude), and graduate training at the University of Georgia’s American Psychological Association (APA) and National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) approved school psychology doctoral program (M.A.- 1998; Ph.D.- 2001).

For three years, Dr. Abelkop provided psychological intervention for middle schoolers who have severe emotional and behavioral disorders at Rutland Comprehensive Academy, a psychoeducational school. 

Dr. Abelkop has been in private practice in the Athens area since 2005. She sees individual clients approximately 20 hours per week ranging in age from 7 to 22.

Millie Kelleher, LCSW   

Mrs. Millie Kelleher is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who graduated with her Master's in Social Work from the University of Georgia.  Mrs. Kelleher has worked in the Athens area for more than 15 years, first at Charter Hospital as an outpatient therapist and inpatient social worker and then for 13 years at Rutland Academy, a school for students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.

Mrs. Kelleher's practice focuses on children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 17.  Mrs. Kelleher works with children and their parents to address psychological and behavioral issues in individual, family, and group settings.  Mrs. Kelleher has expertise in special education placements and individual education planning.  She has well established relationships with mental health and social service agencies throughout Athens and the surrounding counties.  

Jaclyn Peters, PhD   

Dr. Jaclyn Peters is a licensed psychologist who enjoys working with and providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She applies evidence-based practices, such as Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals. Additionally, Dr. Peters is in the process of completing training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  

Dr. Peters earned her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Exercise and Sport Psychology from The University of Florida. Dr. Peters graduated from The University of Georgia with a Ph.D. in School Psychology after completing an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in the Fort Worth Independent School District. During her postdoctoral fellowship at Family Counseling Service in Athens, she concentrated on the provision of individual, group, and family psychotherapy for people of all ages with issues ranging from behavioral and academic problems to suicidality, substance abuse, and schizophrenia. 

Jessica Prowell, MD

Dr. Jessica Prowell is a licensed physician and a board certified psychiatrist with a specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry.  She received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Psychology from Emory University and received her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine.  Her General Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship training were both completed at the University of Florida.  During her training she served as Chief Fellow, receiving the Ralph Maurer Award for Excellence in Child Psychiatry.  After completing psychiatric training, Dr. Prowell and her family were excited to return home to Georgia and rejoin the Athens community.  

Dr. Prowell specializes in evaluation and management of ADHD, depressive and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.  Her practice focuses on patients ranging in age from 2 up to and including 17 years of age.  Her philosophy includes treating each patient as an individual, and utilizing each patient's strengths and needs to develop an individualized treatment plan that includes the support of family and community services in addition to behavioral and medication interventions. 

Jolie Daigle, PhD, LPC

 Dr. Jolie Daigle is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and sees clients at Athens Psychological Services on a part-time basis. Dr. Daigle completed her master’s degree in school counseling from Loyola University and her doctorate at the University of New Orleans. She also had a private practice in New Orleans prior to moving to Athens in 2005. Dr. Daigle has been a licensed professional counselor in two states- Louisiana and Georgia.

 Dr. Daigle has worked in school, mental health, and university settings for over twenty-two years. Her approach is strengths-based and utilizes evidenced-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Additionally, Dr. Daigle is trained in the area of play therapy and uses play and expressive arts to build rapport, teach clients new behaviors and skills, and create an environment that counseling can be fun. Dr. Daigle provides counseling services to children, adolescents, young adults, and families with presenting issues ranging from mental health conditions (i.e. anxiety, ADHD, depression, trauma) to life changes (i.e. divorce, adoption, moving, job loss, grief). She provides telemental health services on a case by case basis.​

Jason Benton, LPC

A Navy Veteran, Jason Benton is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Mr. Benton graduated from the University of Georgia in 1997 with a Bachelor's degree in Social work (BSW) and from Georgia Southern University in 2001 with a Master's degree in counseling (MEd).  He transitioned to private practice after spending 16 years as a school counselor and in the public mental health field.

Mr. Benton has expertise in school issues, divorce, adoption, and other areas of life change that can be troubling.  He is excited to be working with families in the Athens area.  Mr Benton accepts Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, and self-pay patients.

Notice of Independent Status of Practitioners

Athens Psychological Services, LLC, is a corporation which provides administrative and management services to mental health professionals.  We are comprised of several independent practitioners, each of whom operates as a separate independent legal entity.   As an independent practitioner, your provider is solely responsible for all matters concerning your clinical care.  All questions about that care should be addressed to your provider.  Athens Psychological Services, LLC, is not responsible for the actions of individual practitioners nor are we responsible for the outcomes of any therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient.