Associate Professional Counselor, Practice Locations: Marietta, GA & Decatur, GA

Paula Sinisterra is an associate professional counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist at The Anxiety and Stress Management Institute.  She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from The University of Georgia.

Her post-bac experience includes 300+ hours of mindfulness meditation training,  working as a research assistant for Dr. Akihido Masuda's Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Interventions lab at Georgia State University as well as training in Neurofeedback for Brain and Body Solutions in Atlanta, GA. These experiences have given her a unique perspective that merges western psychology, eastern schools of thought, and a deep respect for the role of  the mind-body connection in mental health.

Paula specializes in treating anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, trauma and depression. She works with children, adolescents and adults as well as with couples and families.

Her approach to therapy is rooted in mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy.  Treatment plans draw from her experience  and training with various evidence based therapeutic interventions including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Hypnotherapy,  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). She collaborates with each individual client to create a customized treatment plan that not only treats their symptoms but also harnesses and cultivates their strengths.

Paula works side by side with her clients to create a nurturing and empowering environment that is rooted in nonjudgement, acceptance, authenticity, understanding and trust. It is her firm belief that such a basis is essential to the therapeutic process because it provides the foundation from which the client can come to be known for the entirety of who they are.

She also does speaking engagements in the community to empower individuals and organizations with tools and knowledge for Anxiety and Stress Management.  Paula has spoken at The Lovett School, GA State University & CapTech Consulting among others.

Paula is fluent in both English and Spanish and practices at both The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute in Marietta and Decatur Locations.

Paula Sinisterra, M.S., APC, NCC, CCH is licensed in the State of Georgia as an Associate Professional Counselor (License # APC006612) operating under the direction & supervision of Christina Noble, Ph.D., LPC.


  • Marietta, GA ∼ 1640 Powers Ferry Road SE, Building 9, Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30067
  • Decatur, GA  ∼ 160 Clairemont Avenue, Suite 445, Decatur, GA 30030

If you are interested in making an appointment with one of our therapists, or if you have further questions, please contact one of our Intake Coordinators at:

770.953.0080 Ext. 302