1st Principle Group




Ryan C. Bailey | Counselor, Coach, Leadership Consultant | Master of Arts in Christian Counseling | Advanced Corporate Coaching and Life Coaching Certified | ryan@1stprinciplegroup.com

As founder, principal counselor, coach, and trainer of 1st Principle Group, Ryan is a warm, insightful, trustworthy professional with over two decades of experience. He has worked with more than 2,700 clients (in individual, couple, family or group sessions). He has facilitated close to 100 groups and delivered hundreds of workshops, training programs, and facilitations locally and nationally.

Clients who have experienced home runs in working with Ryan often describe his greatest attribute as "getting to the heart of the matter" to create "real, lasting change at the heart level." Whether he is counseling, coaching, or consulting, Ryan loves understanding the problems of the heart and uses that philosophy to quickly get to the essence of client concerns. The use of the Gospel in his work allows him to facilitate true, lasting change rather than apply Band-Aid solutions.

Practicing Bible-based counseling under Georgia State Law (GA Code Title 43-10A-7, b, 11), Ryan’s broad and varied personal and professional history allows him to connect with clients from many walks of life. Raised in an ethnically diverse NYC neighborhood, Ryan’s bilingual language skills (Spanish) enabled him to serve as a missionary and help plant a Christian community development church in the Dominican Republic. He later founded The Rivendell Center, a counseling, coaching, and training non-profit organization, which he oversaw for six years. During that time, he developed his unique brand of Christian counseling by partnering with clients to uncover the hidden, false beliefs that drive their behaviors so that they can dismantle and replace them with life-giving faith, all through the power of the Gospel.

Having survived personal trauma as well, Ryan understands brokenness and the need to learn forgiveness and repentance. He perseveres with clients, fighting alongside them to discover the heart of their struggles and to repair it using the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a guide.

In the corporate world, Ryan has coached Managers, Directors, Vice Presidents, and others from multi-billion dollar companies as well as numerous small to mid-size C-suite officers, non-profit leaders, and pastors. With a background in finance and a history as a financial consultant, Ryan leverages his experience with startup entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and his own business experience to help clients coexisting in the worlds of faith and business to build lives that are complete and thriving.

An active member of his church, Ryan has served as a elder and Sunday School teacher. A fervent believer in staying connected to his heritage, he maintains memberships in the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce. He is married to the love of his life, Grace, with whom he has adopted three children: twin boys and a girl. They live in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Michael Pepper | Coach + Counselor | Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Richmont Graduate University | michael@1stprinciplegroup.com

Michael graduated from Covenant College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development focusing on International Economic Development.

Though there was opportunity to work overseas, Michael instead moved to Atlanta shortly after graduating and began working in the philanthropy world for an organization, Giving Wisely, that focused on connecting wealthy donors with opportunities around the world.

After serving the President of Giving Wisely for a year, the organization expanded its vision to encourage generosity around the world (Global Generosity Movement). Michael quickly transitioned into managing projects that included translating generosity materials into Arabic, planning vision trips for families, and speaking to various young groups about what it means to live generously.

After several years of managing projects, Michael began consulting for an organization in Uganda, Champions United FC, working with young men through the sport of soccer. Michael helped Champions United FC develop their training program, traveling frequently to train local Ugandan leaders on leadership, skill development, and team building. Michael left Champions United FC in 2015 to pursue counseling and coaching full-time.

Michael has his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. He is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (APC#006123) in the state of Georgia, and practices under the supervision of S. LaShay Dowley, LPC, MAMFT. Michael has worked in a hospital setting as well as private practice.

Michael works with couples and individuals dealing with communication problems, family of origin issues, anxiety, depression, and addiction. He and his wife Griffin live in Decatur, Georgia with their young daughter.



Haley DePrato | Counselor | Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University | haley@1stprinciplegroup.com

Haley is currently not accepting new clients.

Haley graduated from Richmont Graduate University in May 2018 with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and is in the process of seeking dual licensure as an Associate Professional Counselor and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia. As a clinician, Haley desires to provide a safe, authentic space for clients to explore who they are and the challenges they face.

Haley primarily counsels through a trauma-informed, systemic lens, which means that she sees people as part of their larger familial, societal, and cultural context. Haley believes that the past and present are intricately connected; however, what often is most helpful is focusing on how the past impacts the present versus dwelling on the past. People make sense, and the more we are aware of ourselves and our story, the more we can implement something different. Within that, Haley draws upon the frameworks of attachment theory, psychodynamic theory, and emotionally-focused therapy. Each of these theories emphasizes the therapeutic relationship as central to the process of healing. Haley believes that some of the most powerful moments happen when we are met with empathy and understanding in the midst of our pain. Haley provides a safe, non-judgmental environment to not only experience this empathy but also learn how to implement new, healthy ways of relating.

Haley’s experience primarily includes working with young adults and adults in Phase 1 Trauma Recovery at Ridgeview Institute, and individuals and couples in private practice. Haley works with a variety of women’s issues, with a focus on boundaries, relational styles, and interpersonal effectiveness. Haley has experience working with: Anxiety, Depression, Grief work, Trauma and trauma-related issues, Codependency, Spirituality, and Relationship Issues

Haley is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she graduated from Louisiana State University and worked in marketing. Haley now lives in Decatur, Georgia and enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring Atlanta one restaurant at a time.

Megan Frazer | Counselor | mfrazer@1stprinciplegroup.com

Megan graduated from Johnson University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Christian Ministry with a concentration in Counseling.

After graduating, Megan took a year to travel overseas and engage in humanitarian work abroad. Upon returning, she moved to Atlanta to start graduate school and pursue a counseling degree.

Megan graduated from Richmont Graduate University in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. Megan has counseling experience in hospital and private practice settings. She has worked with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, chemical dependency, trauma, marital conflict, relationship distress, and life transitions. She enjoys working with all ages with special focus on adolescents and college age.

Megan is currently in the process of seeking licensure as an Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and practices under the supervision of S. LaShay Dowley, LPC, MAMFT.

As a counselor, Megan values holding a non-judgmental and supportive space for clients to bring their struggles and victories. Megan utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help clients see the relationships between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, in an effort to develop healthier thought and behavioral patterns.

Megan is originally from Florida’s East Coast and enjoys exploring new places, playing almost any sport, and breakfast foods. Megan is slowly becoming acculturated to “The South.” She has caught herself saying “y’all” and occasionally enjoying a meal at Waffle House.


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Megan Koh | Resume Specialist | megan@1stprinciplegroup.com

Megan Koh is the resident 1PG Resume Writer and Editor. In 2014, she began learning how to craft the perfect resume; from that moment, she discovered a passion and precision for drawing out potential in others through their resume.

Megan primarily follows a proven process developed by Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman and additionally incorporates tailored SOAR/STAR answers into resumes so that clients are prepared to display their strongest accomplishments in interviews. Her experience ranges from IT to HR, handling clients who have recently graduated from school to clients who have over twenty years of work experience – as well as everyone in between.

Megan is currently working towards coaching certification.