Meet Dr. Karla

Dr. Karla L. Sapp is currently Licensed by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC#006883) and the Florida Department of Health as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH #16784). She also holds the following certifications: National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Board Certified – TeleMental Health Provider, and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Dr. Sapp is currently a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) and the Coastal District Representative which consist of 21 counties.

A graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University (BS Criminal Justice), South University-Savannah (Master of Arts in Professional Counseling) and Argosy University (Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology), Dr. Sapp has been practicing for 10 years, specializing in general mental health and addictions counseling, among the adult and criminal offender populations. Dr. Sapp also works with Adolescent Student-Athletes and Athletic Professionals.

Dr. Sapp has experience working in the following settings, In-Patient Acute Hospitalization, Outpatient, Correctional setting, and currently the Owner of U Matter Consulting and Counseling, LLC, located in South East Georgia.

Dr. Sapp was previously an Adjunct Faculty at South University-Savannah Campus in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, where she taught the following courses: Counseling Theories, Psychopathology, Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders, Professional Ethics and Orientation, and Group Psychotherapy.

Dr. Sapp is currently an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Georgia Southern University- Armstrong/Liberty Campus, where she has taught and/or currently teaching the following courses: Introduction to Psychology, Fundamentals of Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Theories, Child Development and Research In Psychology which includes conducting research.

Dr. Sapp is a Disaster Mental Health volunteer with the American Red Cross and was actively involved in both the Lousiana Floods and Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts, providing mental health services to those affected in 2016.

Dr. Sapp is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, and Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia.

A scholarly practitioner, Dr. Sapp, has a research interest in lifestyle choices and wellness, offender treatment, development counseling, psychology, and trauma, disaster mental health, and sports counseling. She has presented at the following conferences: National Board of Certified Counselors 2018 Bridging The Gap Symposium, 2017 AASP Regional Conference -Morehouse College, Argosy University Fall Virtual Psychology Research Conference, South Carolina Counseling Association Annual Conference, Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia Annual Convention and Conference, Cross-Cultural Research and Education Counseling Conference, National Youth At-Risk Conference, Chatham Emergency Management Agency Annual Hurricane Conference, Marne Behavioral Health Summit, and several other local, state, and regional events.


Dissertation Study – BEHIND THE WALLS: Lifestyle Choices and Wellness Among Federal Correctional Staff

View Dissertation Abstract at Behind The Walls: Lifestyle Choices and Wellness Among Federal Staff