Meet Pat


Pat’s Therapy Approach

Pat’s first goal is to establish a sense of safety and connection between the patient and herself. During sessions with her clients, Pat will incorporate both cognitive and humanistic models to meet their individual therapy needs. Changing thoughts and negative self-talk can change effect, and therefore, promote behaviors that offer her client a healthier way of life. The connection of the mind, body, spirit can create a more balanced lifestyle for her client.

Some modalities for treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapy, humanistic models, mindfulness and exposure therapy.

Who I Help

There are more than 243 different types of therapy and NONE are successful unless there is a therapeutic relationship between therapist and patient. It is so important that all of our clients feel safe and comfortable with Pat for their therapy to be successful.

“Is what I’m doing currently working for me?”

“How is my life going?”

“Am I fulfilled and happy in my daily life?”

“Who am I and what do I want?”

If you find yourself asking one of these questions, counseling may be helpful for you. The Anxiety Counseling Center focuses on techniques and tools set our clients up for success and self-empowerment.

About Patricia

With more than 15 years of experience, Pat Drerup-Cotter is passionate about helping her patients obtain a sense of empowerment through a mental toolbox designed to help manage obstacles or challenges and ultimately, change their belief systems. She believes it is truly a gift to be able to sit with a patient at the deeper level that therapy requires.

Pat earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in marketing. She earned both her Master’s and Education Specialist degree (Ed.S) from Georgia State University. Her first career working in corporate retail influenced her love for working in human resources and led to her profession in counseling. Outside of work, Pat frequently travels with friends and her husband. Pat has a passion for animals and animal welfare. A portion of the income from The Anxiety Counseling Center of Atlanta is contributed to that cause.

Pat is a licensed professional counselor by the State of Georgia (license number GA 003275), NBCC Board Certified, and a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA).