Semika Roach has always had a passion for the human services field and has maintained an interest in health care. Born and raised in Milledgeville, Roach went to Georgia College & State University and later pursued a master’s degree in counseling elsewhere. She eventually became licensed as a therapist and was given the chance to work with a behavorial health provider within the area.
Roach said that opportunity, about seven years ago allowed her to do a lot of community outreach. It also gave her the chance to educate and bring awareness to mental health and substance abuse issues related to the adult/child/adolescent population. The opportunity also made Roach fully realize her passion for changing people’s lives through therapy and providing resources to them.
Her passion led Roach to open Provision Counseling Center LLC, located at 1776 N. Jefferson St., Suite B, in Milledgeville. The center originally opened in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and offered services to clients during a time when many of them could not do in-person visits. Roach said during that time, the licensing board allowed her and others within the therapy field to offer services virtually, providing greater accessibility for clients to receive therapy from the comfort of their homes rather than going into offices.
Post-COVID, Roach and Provision have finally been able to offer in-person counseling again; however, services are still offered virtually as well.
Provision Counseling Center LLC provides one-on-one therapy, family therapy and couples therapy. Services are available to children (ages 6 and up), adolescents, adults and families.
Roach is the sole licensed professional counselor working at Provision. She works alongside a receptionist who handles the scheduling. She says that her preference is to space sessions out, to help further preserve patient confidentiality and to avoid overlap.
The center is currently open Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m.
Roach said that she has experience with clients that have mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, grief and ADHD.
Since opening, Roach said that there has been a “balance” in terms of the community response. She is still working to educate people within the community about the benefits of not only therapy, but also mental health awareness.
She said that her hours are accessible, and thus appointments better fit into the schedules of working families.
Roach said she loves seeing people do better, getting to the point where they are able to terminate the sessions, and go on to do things that they did not think possible.
For more information on Provision Counseling Center LLC, visit https://www.facebook.com/ProvisionCounselingCenterLLC/ or call 478-414-1946 to inquire about a free 15-minute consultation.