Who We Are
ARI was founded by Jennifer Kuck and Marilyn Witbeck in 2014. We are a cohesive team of marriage and family therapists, social workers, and professional counselors who provide a safe place for healing for a diverse population. Clinical practitioners working at the Atlanta Relationship Institute are regulated and monitored by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists. At the Institute, therapists are trained in systems therapy, marriage and family therapy, play therapy, adolescents, trauma, and addiction and betrayal trauma recovery.
The mission of the Atlanta Relationship Institute is to promote healthy relational systems and increased fulfillment in family, business, and personal life. We advocate for increased love, connection, and attunement through mutually beneficial relationships, personal growth and healing.
Our core purpose is to help people think and act more relationally. Do you consider yourself to be relational? Have you developed emotional intelligence? Do you have the skill set to develop and maintain meaningful, fulfilling relationships?
ARI’s core values are respect, ownership, trust, boundaries, and vision
- Full respect living (for self and others)
- Take ownership and be accountable
- Trust in the healing process
- Hold healthy boundaries, while honoring others
- Envision yourself already where you want to be
Co-Owner / Therapist ES, LMFT, LPC, CSAT, CPCS
Jenni takes a compassionate, solution- focused approach in working with all ages to provide individual, couples, and family therapy. She specializes in healing relationship struggles such as communication and conflict resolution, strengthening connection, working to resolve sexual and behavioral addictions, and support for affair recovery and betrayal trauma. Jenni Helps children communicate through play therapy using adventure, art, and sand tray to heal from trauma, abuse/neglect, loss, and divorce. She coaches parents to strengthen the parent/child interaction. Jenni is Co-Owner of the institute and provides supervision to therapists working towards licensure. She also provides services in Spanish.
Credentials: Master’s & Specialist Degrees, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor, & Certified Trauma Specialist. Credentials conferred by the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP) include Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist, Sexual Addiction Specialist, and Financial Disorders Specialist.
Co-Owner / Therapist MS, LMFT, LPC, CSAT, CPCS
Marilyn uses a positive, strength-based approach to work with individuals, couples, and families from the teenage years through adulthood. She inspires hope and healing by guiding clients through recovery from abuse and trauma. She works with adolescents to help them better function in their social, school, and family systems. She treats couples in crisis, and specializes in sex addiction and betrayal trauma recovery. Marilyn is Co-Owner of the Institute and provides supervision to therapists who are working towards their licensure.
Credentials: Master’s Degree, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor, & Trauma Specialist. Credentials conferred by the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP) include Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist, Sexual Addiction Specialist, and Financial Disorders Specialist.
Tracey Van Dyke
Therapist / MA, LPC, NCC
Tracey is dedicated to helping clients become empowered for personal growth and healing. She provides counseling to individuals, couples and families from teenage years to adulthood using a goal oriented approach. She assists clients working through issues related to anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, grief and trauma, stage of life transitions, and relational issues. Tracey provides customized anger management programs for individuals and groups, and is under the supervision of Jenni Kuck.
Credentials: Master’s Degree, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Anger Management Specialist
Therapist / MSW
Emily brings a deep passion and diverse knowledge to help clients access resources for health, healing, and rejuvenation. She provides individual, marriage and family counseling, as well as play therapy for children and adolescents. Emily specializes in guiding clients through healing from trauma and managing mood & eating disorders. She utilizes a number of strength-based methods and skills based approaches in her work including CBT, ACT, DBT, and mindfulness. Emily is under the clinical supervision of Marilyn Witbeck.
Credentials: Master’s Degree, Licensed Master of Social Work, Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Bilingual Therapist / M.Ed., APC, NCC
Jermaine is passionate about helping his clients break through barriers, finding creative ways to overcome life’s difficult challenges. He provides counseling services to clients of all ages using a Cognitive-Behavioral approach. His areas of interest include depression, addiction, couples therapy, and family therapy. He provides counseling services in the evenings and speaks three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Jermaine works under the supervision of Jenni Kuck.
Credentials: Masters Degree in Higher Education, Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, & Associate Professional Counselor
Wendy joined our staff in June of 2017. She enjoys working with clients to provide assistance in scheduling, processing payments, and providing payment receipts. Plus many other behind the scenes things that make ARI pleasant and efficient!