During most of professional career, I was very active in professional organizations serving on the Executive Boards of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) and the American Academy of Psychotherapists. I was the second chair of the Division of Women Psychologists ( Div. F) of the GPA in the early 1980's.
When Managed Care was forming, I channeled my frustration with this system by becoming instrumental in forming two important groups to help maintain the integrity of the psychotherapy process remaining between the patient and the psychotherapist. I co-founded with Dr. Karen Shore of Long Island, N.Y. The, National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, N.Y. It's first national meeting was held in Atlanta, GA in the mid 1990's. This was a multidisciplinary effort to push back against Managed Care to protect patient privacy, choice, and the right to make one's own treatment decisions. I followed this effort by helping form a local group, the "Psychotherapy Guild of Atlanta". Our goal was to provide an alternative to the public of Manage Care's referring only to therapist signing on with their companies. The "Guild" published a list of Atlanta area psychotherapists with their specialties and locations, making it freely available to the public. The Psychotherapy Guild is still active today.
I eventually withdrew from Managed Care Panels and have served only as an "out of net-work" provider more than a decade.
My personal life had also taken a major turn. I met my life partner and we had a same sex commitment ceremony with all the tradition of a formal wedding in 1998 in the Botanical Gardens in Atlanta, Ga.
We decided to have children, and sought the help of technology used in infertility treatment, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). We now have 14 year old twins, a boy and a girl. I started trimming my practice back as much energy and time was going into their care.
As a result of my personal experience with ART, I sought more training experiences and begin providing psychological consultations and screenings for infertility patients. The technological advances achieved over the 15 years I have been involved with infertility counseling as ignited a new passion in me.
At this point, I have what might be called a "boutique" practice. I see a limited number of psychotherapy patients and am expanding my infertility counseling. I am particularly excited about the opportunities available to women now to expand their biological clocks and to people waiting longer to have children.
EDUCATION AND LICENSURE
- * 1969 Florida State Univ., B.S.
- * 1970 Univ. of Georgia. M.Ed.
- * 1978 Georgia State Univ. Ph.D.
- * 1979 Bradley Center Hospital, Columbus, GA. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology
- * 1979-Present State of Georgia Psychology License #632
- * American Psychological Association
- * Georgia Psychological Association
- * American Academy of Psychotherapists
- * American Society for Reproductive Medicine/Mental Health Group