Are you well? Do you want to Get Well?

The purpose of this site is to connect you to the multiple services provided by Dorothy McDermott.  Below you will find a link to A Fresh Start Counseling where information about mental health counseling services can be obtained. There is also a link for supervision services and details for ordering resources including the book Get Well.



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We want all of our customers to experience the impressive level of professionalism when working with Dorothy McDermott, MS, LPC-S, NCC. All of our services, especially this one, exist to assist you with living the life you have imagined. You can trust me to provide you and your audience with detailed information and an engaging experience while speaking at your event.

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Counselor Supervision is a service provided to counseling program graduates who are pursuing licensure as associate licensed counselors or licensed professional counselors in the state of Alabama.


Our mission is to assist you in living the life you have imagined. Helping individuals, couples and families rise to new heights and learn to cope with life’s challenges using effective therapeutic strategies and techniques is our goal. Difficulty and struggle can discourage growth but with assistance one can make a fresh start and experience lasting change.


Are you well? Do you feel overwhelmed by the consequences of life? Have you tried everything and you still struggle to consistently experience peace, hope and joy? Do negative thoughts, stress and sadness sometimes seem to be too close for comfort? Well, this book may be what you are looking for. Within you will find a fresh perspective on obtaining and maintaining wellness. You will see that wellness is within reach and it merely takes effort and follow through on your part. You will also find that you are not alone in your pursuit. The author uses common language to discuss common issues so that you can connect to the words, enrich and transform your life and Get Well. 



Dorothy McDermott, MS, LPC-S, NCC, is a graduate of Jacksonville State University. She has worked professionally as a counselor with multiple populations since 2007. Helping individual children, adolescents, adults and families to overcome some of life’s most challenging issues has been her passion. She also has several years of experience with behavior modification, treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse and many other mental issues. She is the owner of A Fresh Start Counseling, LLC. She also is the author of Get Well: A Fresh Perspective on Mental Wellness.

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A Fresh Start Counseling has changed my life. Dorothy is a wonderful listener, encourager, and breath of fresh air! She deeply cares about her clients and shows them a high level of genuine respect, empathy, and compassion. I highly recommend her services to anyone seeking individual or family counseling!


The author's use of an holistic approach to mental wellness; balancing the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical aspects of our overall health related to truly overcoming mental struggles. It is practical and empowering. Her ability to place herself in the reader's shoes without being condescending is refreshing and encouraging. 'Get Well' came at a time when I really needed a mental reset and fresh perspective on my healing. It's not just a good read, it is a balm. It reminded me that I can get well. It supported me in believing in myself, while remembering I am not alone in my healing journey. It gave me reassurance that there's nothing I can't overcome. 
Whether you are just deciding to take your own healing journey or you've been at it for a while, this book is an excellent springboard or bridge to getting well! Highly recommend!"