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A graduate of Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida with Bachelor's degrees in History and Psychology, I moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue graduate study in Clinical Psychology. I received my Master's and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. I moved to Atlanta to complete my doctorate by serving a 12-month internship at Georgia State University, where I was then hired as a post-doctoral fellow, and then a senior staff member.
Prior to opening a private practice in Atlanta in 2007 I worked for Regis University in Denver and Georgia State University in Atlanta - providing clinical services for students in both positions. I have also worked in a group practice and a community mental health center in Denver. When not providing direct service, I teach as an adjunct at Argosy University Atlanta, and provide continuing education workshops for other mental health professionals, particularly in the areas of sexual, gender and relational diversity.
While a "generalist" in practice, I have particular interests in the areas of:
- individual psychotherapy
- group psychotherapy
- history and systems of psychology
- sexual diversity
- gender identity and expression
- relational diversity
- BDSM and kink-aware services
- disability assessments
- bariatric psychology
- stress management
- multiple identities
- relationship concerns
- interpersonal psychology
- social justice
Theory of Counseling
“Psychotherapy is, in essence, a cure through love.” – Sigmund Freud
believe that a comfortable, non-judgmental environment; demonstrating congruence; empathy and unconditional positive regard are all essential to therapy, however
sometimes, the addition of more directive approaches is necessary. I do naturally bring these basics
into the room with me, and believe deeply in the importance of transparency,
authentic valuing of the person and true empathy.
am aware that we all carry developmental wounds with us throughout our
lives. We all long for the resolution to
an emotional wound, and must work towards recognition of ways that we are
replaying a pattern in new relationships.
I truly believe that our prior relationships
are those which form the templates from which we interact with all subsequent
individuals, and that much of our behavior in the world is informed by trying
to resolve some old wound in order to feel free to move on to new
experiences. This awareness can be a
real struggle, as it can often take a long time for us to simply reach an
understanding that there might be a connection between a contemporary problem
and an older relationship, however there is a magic in seeing someone begin to
heal these older relationships, either by letting go, or by making amends or
coming to peace with that person, that is very gratifying when it does happen.
goal as a therapist is always to reduce human suffering, and to empower people
to change their experience in the world. That said, the client’s ultimate responsibility for change lies with
themselves. I remain incredibly empathic
to the many, many struggles that my clients face, however believe that there is
always something, albeit small, that clients can do to make positive change in
their lives, and want to help empower you to begin with even that one small
step or perspective shift.
My heart, and
my love and caring for people in places of pain, is and I suspect always will
be the biggest feature of what I offer to my clients, however I also strive to
help them challenge themselves to better understanding to the place in which
they stand, how they got there, and where they can journey from that place. I want them to understand that they are on a
path, and that they have the power to choose where to go from there.
is good to have an end to journey toward,
but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
–Ursula K. LeGuin
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Atlanta, GA 30329
© Rachel Anne Kieran, Psy.D. 2012