9757 Blue Ridge Drive • Blue Ridge, GA 30513 • 706 455 2490 • 

About Us

Our Business Vision

Blue Ridge Psychological Services strives to provide the best psychological services currently available to all members of our surrounding community.  We are grateful for the chance to work and reside in this community, and we will continue to work our hardest to help those in need of psychological assistance or consultation.

Who We Are

Dr. Kyle Raque & Dr. David Raque are both professionally trained Licensed Clinical Psychologists. Dr. David first expanded his clinical practice from Atlanta to Blue Ridge in 1996. Originally located accross from the Blue Ridge Post Office, Blue Ridge Psychological Services relocated to West Main Street in 2007, when Dr. Kyle joined the practice. Debbie Mikos joined our practice in 2010 shortly after we relocated to our current location at 9757 Blue Ridge Drive. Since 2010, BRPS has continued to grow to meet the needs of our surrounding area.

Dr. Kyle Raque, PsyD

Dr. Kyle Raque, PsyD

Dr. Kyle Raque, PsyD is a self-described outdoors-man, who enjoys fishing, hiking, and camping during his time off. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana, Dr. Raque completed his graduate training at Spalding University, an APA acredited program located in Louisville, Kentucky. He later completed his APA accredited internship in Tucson, Arizona, prior to beginning his private practice in Murphy, North Carolina. Dr. Kyle had a busy practice in Murphy for several years, but he opted to relocate to Blue Ridge in 2007 in order to practice with his father. Dr. Kyle’s training is in general clinical psychology. However, he specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Kyle’s clinical orientation is best described as integrative, combining aspects of interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and existential theories. Dr. Kyle believes that the best treatment results from the establishment of a strong therapeutic alliance between the therapist and client coupled with the utilization of research-based techniques. Dr. Kyle Raque and his wife Beth Raque recently purchased a large 52-acre tract in nearby Mineral Bluff, GA, and are currently in the process of developing Three Creeks Wilderness Program. Dr. Raque serves on the Advisory Board for the Boys and Girls Club of North Georgia (Fannin), and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Psychological Association.

Susan Kauffman, LPC

Susan Kauffman, LPC

Susan is a Counseling Graduate of University of South Florida. She has been in practice since 1990 in Sarasota, Florida until moving to Blue Ridge in 2019. She enjoys working with Adults, Families and Children.

Susan has worked and consulted with private and public schools, dealing with thousands of children, youth and young adults. Additionaly, she has promoted the educational development for thousands of peers/colleagues within the state of Florida through continuing education opportunities.  In fact, she has provided consultative services to corporate leaders and corporations who compete in international markets. Susan has earned the respect of school systems, physicians, religious leaders and the business community by providing quality care.

She has experience with a broad spectrum of patient needs ranging from anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, various learning and processing challenges, and mentoring.

Treatment is intended to promote personal growth and improve skills such as problem-solving, coping, thinking skills and decision making.

 

Dr. Megan Holcomb, PhD, Neuropsychologist

Dr. Megan Holcomb, PhD, Neuropsychologist

Dr. Megan Holcomb is a clinically trained neuropsychologist, a specialist in the relationship between the central nervous system and behavior. She enjoys differential diagnostic work and assessing those with traumatic and acquired brain injuries. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from an APA accredited clinical psychology program after completing an APA accredited neuropsychology specialty internship at a VA hospital. She completed additional training in brain injury rehabilitation while completing a 2-year neuropsychology/rehabilitation psychology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in their brain injury rehabilitation unit. In addition to experience assessing and treating those with brain injuries, she has worked with the aging population, those that are homebound and patients with various psychiatric disorders. She has many years of experience working with veterans. She has experience in completing competency to stand trial evaluations. She also assesses children for ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and other concerns.

 

Dr. David Raque, PhD

Dr. David Raque, PhD

Dr. David Raque, PhD has relocated his primary practice to Atlanta.  However, he remains in contact with Dr. Kyle Raque, and remains a valuable resource for Blue Ridge Psychological Services, LLC.  Persons wishing to see Dr. David can make an appointment with him at his Atlanta office upon request.
Dr J. Frank Batkins, PhD, ABPP

Dr J. Frank Batkins, PhD, ABPP

Dr J. Frank Batkins, PhD, ABPP is a Georgia Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Board-Certified Couples and Family Psychologist with a sub-specialty in Children and Adolescents. In addition, he is a trained mediator.

Dr. Batkins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Old Dominion University, received his PhD from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and completed his doctoral internship in Clinical Child Psychology at the APA site approved University of Alabama at Birmingham Center. He is a Fellow, Past President and previous National Evaluator for the American Board of professional Psychology-Couples and Family Psychology Specialty. Dr. Batkins completed a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Fellowship with Aaron T. Beck MD at his University of Pennsylvania institute as well as studied and consulted at the Atlanta Center for Cognitive Therapy. He is a past Treasurer, Board member and is a current member of the Georgia Psychological Association’s Division of Licensed Psychologists as well as a former expert reviewer for the Social Security Administration.

Dr. Batkins utilizes an integration of Family Systems based strategies with both Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapies in addition to other evidence-based interventions from experts such as the Gottmans’ and Sue Johnson PhD. He specializes in helping individuals, families and couples who struggle with irritability, anger, hostility, anxiety, suicide ideation, depression and relationship difficulties. He has a sub-speciality in treating angry, oppositional children and adolescents including those who are often argumentative, non-compliant, defiant, and violent. Further, he helps youth who have experienced trauma in family related conflicts such as divorce, abuse, and neglect as well as parents who are overwhelmed and exhausted by their youth’s difficulties and other life stressors.

Dr. J. Frank Batkins has provided expert commentary for television and print media such as CNN, PBS, local radio, the AJC and Atlanta Magazine. He is committed to non-profit efforts within the community and to that end is a previous Board member of a local Homeless Shelter, a spiritual leader, Grief and Foster Group Facilitator, Church administrative committee member, consultant to a national organization and he donates 20 to 30 percent of his practice to pro bono work. As part of his volunteer efforts, Frank is Vice President of Behavioral Health and Wellness for Warrior 2 Citizen which assists Warfighters and their families to increase resilience, decrease divorce and prevent trauma related problems from occurring such as abuse, neglect and suicide.

Finally, Dr. Batkins is married and loves spending time with his wife, adult children and grandchildren. He credits the crucible of being a combat Marine as a major reason why he is committed to bringing peace to families. For his service in Combat, Frank, was awarded the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation (See attached), the Viet Nam Campaign Medal with four Stars, and the Republic of Viet Nam Gallantry Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster among other medals. Dr. Batkins considers it a privilege to practice his profession with those who entrust themselves and their families to his care. Semper Fi!

 

Dr. A. Ron Seifert, PhD

Dr. A. Ron Seifert, PhD

Dr. Ron Seifert has an extensive work history, featuring over 15 years with the Department of Neurology, College of Medicine focusing on mind-body relationships. His focus has included the biological and psychological factors in neurodevelopmental disorders, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, pain, and sleep disorders. He offers additional expertise in treating anxiety and depressive conditions. Dr. Seifert uniquely treats a number of medical issues by training patients to take control over their physiological responses. He has extensive experience helping patients address symptoms of Raynaud’s Syndrome, TMJ, hypertension, and other conditions. Dr. Seifert has published a number of research articles related to his field of study. In addition, he has conducted numerous workshops and is internationally recognized in his field. Dr. Seifert utilizes a number of therapeutic applications including behavioral, cognitive, biofeedback, and learned physiological self-regulation skills to promote health and wellness.

 

Deborah Mikos, LPC

Deborah Mikos, LPC

Deborah Mikos, LPC received her Masters in counseling from Georgia State in 1988.  She worked with a private- non profit organization after graduating, working her way as a family therapist to a Clinical Director. Debbie and her team designed a new state of the art intermediate therapeutic group home and accredited alternative school for abused and homeless teens in Atlanta, Georgia. She then worked with the State of Georgia as a Clinical Consultant for the Department of Family and Children Services. After marrying, she took a 15 year hiatus from her career to be a full time mother. Fortunately for us, she decided to return to work.  Debbie joined our private practice in 2010.  Her training includes working from a family systems therapy viewpoint with individuals, couples, adolescents, children, and their families. Debbie’s extensive work with children and families, as well as her forensice experience, has afforded her with the skill set to provide custody evaluations.

 

Rachel Siegel, LCSW

Rachel Siegel, LCSW

Rachel Siegel graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with hermaster’s degree in social work in 2010. Before that, she graduated summa cum laude with herbachelor’s in social work from Georgia State University. She additionally holds a postgraduatedegree in expressive arts therapy from Appalachian State University. While in graduate school,Rachel spent time doing an expressive arts internship in India. During her 6 weeks there shehelped to lead workshops centered on social justice work held at the Gandhian Center forNon-violence. She facilitated expressive arts activities for children in village communities andtaught a day-long workshop in art therapy for professors at the University in Madurai.She has worked as a school-based therapist for children through Family PreservationServices in Asheville, NC. She additionally spent time employed at Family PreservationServices as a clinician in their open access walk-in center completing comprehensive clinicalassessments for people of all ages. Rachel has worked at The Willows, the women’s branch ofRed Oak Recovery in Asheville NC, where she was a primary therapist for young women withsubstance use and mental health challenges. She has also worked as an outpatient therapistwith children, teens and adults in Winston-Salem, NC at Monarch Behavioral Health.Rachel believes in a mind-body approach to therapy. She has been trained as a yogateacher graduating from the Subtle Yoga Training and Personal Transformation Program in2007. She practices yoga regularly and is happy to use aspects of mindful movement, breathand meditation techniques to support wellness with those she works with.Rachel enjoys traveling and spent three years living in Seoul, South Korea teachingEnglish to children and young adults. She loves hiking and living in the mountains, and ispleased to be able to offer her therapeutic services in beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia.

 

Dr. Brian Johnson, PhD, BCBA

Dr. Brian Johnson, PhD, BCBA

Dr. Brian Johnson completed his PhD at the University of Georgia. After completing his APA approved internship at Boys Town in Nebraska, he joined Blue Ridge Psychological Services. Dr. Brian works with children and adults. He offers specialized training in psychological testing and treatment for ADHD, Autism, and other childhood issues. Dr. Brian has also completed specialized training and achieved certification that enables him to provide speicialized Applied BehavioralAnalysis (ABA) therapy to children with autism spectrum diagnoses.