Athens, GA Counselor for People Pleasers and Neurodivergent Parents

A cheerful young woman with glasses sits smiling in an armchair, ready to offer therapy for codependency and new moms in Austin, Texas. Austin therapist Ann Stoneson, LPC.

Ann Stoneson, Athens therapist

Taking care of everybody but you?

Therapy can help with that.

(You can say no without feeling guilty.)

Hi!  I’m Ann Stoneson, an Athens-based therapist offering telehealth therapy in Texas and Georgia.  I specialize in helping people-pleasers, new moms, neurodivergent folks, and therapists. I offer trauma counseling and individual therapy for adults.

People of all races, genders, faiths, sexualities, abilities, and sizes are most welcome in my practice. 

I believe that conversations about race, gender identity, ability, sexual orientation, faith, and all other aspects of social and human identity belong in the therapeutic space.  I take seriously my responsibility to be engaged in lifelong learning around this, due to my privilege.

These are trying times– it’s good you’re reaching out for help.


Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed, buried under your to-do list? 

Are you always putting others first?

Let me guess:  You are sensitive and kind and you love taking care of others.  But you’re exhausted and overwhelmed.  And you HATE saying no. 

Each day, you promise yourself that you’ll set better limits.  And yet, no matter how many items you cross off your to-do list, it just seems to get longer.  And longer.  And l o n g e r.

I know firsthand how hard life can be when No feels like a four-letter word.  It doesn’t have to be that way.

People-pleasing can wreak havoc on your life.  So can undiagnosed and untreated ADHD.  Therapy can help.

I’ve lived under the regime of the oppressive to-do list, too.  And I’ve done enough of my own therapy to see just how powerful that healing can be.

My mission is to help my clients get better boundaries, bigger confidence, and a sense of safety and satisfaction in their relationships.  Once you understand your inner workings, you will have more options and more control over your life.

Your never-ending to-do list doesn’t have to run things— you can say no without feeling guilty.   In fact, it’s possible to take really good care of others without forgetting yourself, and counseling can teach you how.

You can actually do so much more when you can set and maintain firm limits.  And let’s not forget:  you are so much more than what you do.  Did anyone ever tell you that growing up?

Finding a therapist might feel like one more thing on the to-do list, I know.

Taking one hour a week in therapy to put real changes into practice in your life can tip the scales in your favor.  It can make the difference between being overworked and overwhelmed vs having the space to know and pursue your heart’s desires.

Put down the to-do list and let’s talk.

Athens therapist for the overworked and underappreciated

I offer convenient telehealth sessions for Georgia and Texas residents.  You can schedule your free, half hour consultation here.  Or, you can take a peek at these testimonials or learn a bit more about talk therapy and EMDR therapy before deciding to get started.

Yes, you can use your HSA account to pay for your therapy, and I’m an out-of-network provider for insurance companies.  Get more answers to common questions about fees, insurance, and scheduling here.

I believe that systemic oppression is a form of collective trauma that impacts everyone.  I believe that #blacklivesmatter.  I am LGBTQ+ affirming.

I am committed to practicing therapy in a way that is socially aware, anti-racist, and mindful of systems that oppress some and privilege others.  Our mental health is shaped by the systems that we participate in, from families to societies.  As an out-of-network provider, I do not engage in balance billing practices.  To learn more about federal and state protections and guidelines against balance billing, go here.

People pleasing book updates

I’m happy to report that the book is coming along– 70,000 words and counting!  If you want updates about when it’s coming out, you can sign up for the book interest list here.  I’ll be including some sneak previews and free tips if you’re into that sort of thing.  You can sign up here:

If you want to understand why it’s so hard to say no and how to make some lasting changes, I’m writing this book for you.  In the meantime, if you’d like to read my most popular post on what causes people pleasing, you can hop over here.

Staying in touch (the leave your book out of it edition)

If you are full up on books you’ve promised to read and haven’t yet, I get it.  You can still stay in touch via my regular newsletter.  While I will mention the book from time to time like the proud parent unspooling photos from their wallet for display in this newsletter, I promise it won’t be too excessive.

This newsletter is a good option if you want to know when I have spots in my practice for new clients, books I’m reading, trainings I’m doing, and the occasional photo of me in a Totoro suit or misshapen squash from my garden, etc.

It’s basically a window into the geekery that is my (mostly) professional life.  Ready?  Sign up here!