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.

Dr. Terry Kinton, PsyD, LPC

Dr. Terry Kinton, PsyD, LPC

Terry has been a licensed professional counselor (LCP) with the state of Georgia since 2012. She attended Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta for her masters of marriage and family therapy with an emphasis in children and addictions. From 2010 to 2015, she worked in crisis units and with families involved with the Department of Children and Family Services. More recently, she graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Psy.D. During her doctoral studies, she studied forensic psychology and worked with inmates and persons involved in the legal system. She was also trained in trauma counseling (CPT). In between attaining her masters and doctoral degrees, Terry opened her own counseling office where she held sessions with men and women with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression, among other diagnoses. Currently, she is offering counseling for depression, anxiety, and trauma, and completing psychological testing for adults with suspected ADHD and memory problems.

 

Heather Liebe, LPC

Heather Liebe, LPC

Heather is a warm, compassionate professional counselor with licensure in multiple states. Her non judgmental client centered approach encourages growth and healing by utilizing a variety of approaches and strategies that are uniquely tailored for each individual. Heather received her BS- Political Science from Illinois State University and her MS-Clinical Counseling from National Louis University in Chicago, IL. A native of the suburban Chicago area, Heather and her husband have recently relocated to beautiful Blue Ridge and are truly  blessed to call the area their home. She has  extensive experience in private practice as well as higher education.Heather  specializes in a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, relationship and family issues including divorce, dating and parenting concerns as well as women’s issues(miscarriage, infertility,etc) and blended families. Heather has also worked with students and adults with ADHD or those on the Autism Spectrum . She recently  completed specialized training for Disaster Mental Health and is looking forward to volunteering with the American Red Cross by  providing Mental Health assistance.

Heather and her husband have lived in Blue Ridge since 2021 and have a blended family including 7 adult  children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, boating, reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

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!

 

Hope Cross, MS, LAPC

Hope Cross, MS, LAPC

Hope Cross LAPC earned her masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in 2008. She worked with adults and children in the city of Atlanta until leaving the field to become a full-time caregiver in 2011.  For 9 years she cared and advocated for a person with ALS and learned skills needed for caring for someone with an advanced terminal illness. During this time Hope became an artist as a way to manage the demands of being sole provider of care, and found a connection to art as a form of therapy.  In 2020 she moved to Blue Ridge, GA, and started her journey back into counseling. She is client centered and has the empathy to meet you where you are. She’s well versed in treating anxiety, caregiver fatigue, depression, anger management and grief. 

 

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 her master’s degree in social work in 2010. Before that, she graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s in social work from Georgia State University. She additionally holds a postgraduate degree 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 she helped to lead workshops centered on social justice work held at the Gandhian Center for Non-violence. She facilitated expressive arts activities in village communities and taught a day-long workshop in art therapy for professors at the University in Madurai.

Rachel has worked as a therapist at Family Preservation Services in Asheville, NC. She also worked as a clinician in their open access walk-in center completing comprehensive clinical assessments. She additionally facilitated therapy with 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 yoga teacher graduating from the Subtle Yoga Training and Personal Transformation Program in 2007. She practices yoga regularly and is happy to use aspects of mindful movement, breath and meditation techniques to support wellness with those she works with. Rachel enjoys traveling and spent three years living in Seoul, South Korea teaching English. She loves hiking and living in the mountains, and is pleased 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.