meet Our team

One of the most remarkable assets of Joie de Vivre Counseling and Therapy is the strength of its team members.  Joie de Vivre employs highly educated, trained and experienced counselors, nutritionists, and fitness instructors.  Every member of our team has over a decade of professional experience in the field of health service and a passion for serving women.  It’s a privilege and a pleasure to offer the extensive experience of our clinicians for your benefit.


Monica Manuel, MS, LPC

Monica Manuel is a psychotherapist and the Founder of Joie de Vivre Counseling and Therapy, LLC.  She has a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling and has been in practice over 10 years with clinical experience ranging from private practice settings to college and university counseling centers.  Monica is clinically licensed through the State of Georgia and Board Certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors.  Her postgraduate education includes doctoral training at Spelman College, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech Universities.

Monica's research and writing focuses on mental health and resilience in women, trauma, multicultural psychology, and anxiety and stress related issues.  Monica is an active member of APA (American Psychological Association), AGPS (Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Society), and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).

“We’re just women helping other women become great at being their best-selves.”


julie newton, RDN, LD, RYT

As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor, I’ve always had a passion for fitness and nutrition. 

One of my favorite topics to discuss with anyone at any time is food. How it nourishes and heals the body, brings us together with family and friends, and simply the fun of playing in the kitchen. This led to earning my bachelor’s degree in science and nutrition from Georgia State University, and the completion of a didactic internship with University Hospital in Augusta, GA.  As a Registered Dietitan/Nutritionist for nearly 18 years, I’ve had the opportunity to provide medical nutrition therapy in the management of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, weight loss, weight gain, GI disorders (Chron’s, IBS, Gluten sensitivity), and vegetarian/vegan nutrition.  

 Along with clinically based research for nutrition education, I also strive to teach about our connection to the foods we eat and the healthy relationship that is formed when making choices with self-awareness.            

"I love sharing how food can be used as a mindful tool in taking care of ourselves, yet still be enjoyable and satisfying."