111 N. McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030
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(404) 313-0464
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Hello and welcome!  Finding the "right" therapist can be challenging, and I hope that as you read about me, you will reflect on your own needs, preferences, and what you believe will be most helpful for you

I am a licensed clinical psychologist, in private practice since 2005.  I offer individual and couples therapy, working primarily with adults and
 older adolescents. I also offer supervision and consultation services to other mental health professionals in the community. 
As a generalist, I am able to treat most concerns people bring to therapy. 
However, my specific areas of interest and experience include:
  • mood problems (e.g., depression, bipolar illness)
  • anxiety problems (e.g., social fears, “perfectionism,” generalized anxiety)
  • trauma & PTSD/complex PTSD (e.g, both current and past abuse or trauma)
  • interpersonal concerns (e.g., relationship problems, “trust issues”)
  • sexuality, sexual concerns, & gender identity (e.g., concerns related to sexual orientation, transsexuality)
  • couples therapy (including same-gender couples, diverse relationship lifestyles)
  • adjustment & personal growth (e.g., divorce, pregnancy, work-life balance, career exploration, ambivalence/indecision)

About My Therapeutic Approach…

My goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable and safe in my office.  I have a personable, down-to-earth style, and aim to balance non-judgmental support with practical ideas about how to feel productive between sessions.  I am a therapist who listens, but I do offer gentle, direct, and honest feedback as well.  I will check in with you regularly to ensure that you and I are "understanding each other" and that you are finding our time together useful.  I use humor and creativity, and often refer to your strengths as guideposts for moving past your challenges.

You and I will develop our treatment plan collaboratively, in the first few sessions, and I will draw from my experience with several different therapeutic traditions, including interpersonal, psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral. For example, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a framework that I find particularly useful for clients “stuck in their heads” and unable to move forward with value-driven behavior change.  Also, I am fascinated by some of the latest scientific advances in how we understand trauma and stress from a neurological perspective. I often refer to that research in session, as it offers an informative and extremely validating lens for self-understanding and recovery.

I consider your relational experience an important foundation of self-discovery and change, both in your life and in the therapeutic relationship. Importantly, the dynamics of your “diversity” will always be respectfully attended to, as we explore how aspects of your identity and sociocultural background influence you.

I often say that I may be the expert on psychology, but you are the expert on you; I can help you get reconnected with your own self-knowledge, filtering out the unhelpful internal forces in your life so that you can live with greater authenticity and purpose. Together we will translate the insights gained through our conversations into concrete strategies and “life plans” that can help you reach your personal goals.

The Next Step…

Give me a call or send me an email! I’d be glad to spend a few minutes with you to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you.  You can share a little about your current concerns, ask some questions about my practice, and find out how I might be able to help.  I can be directly reached at (404) 313-0464 or at DrBlandino@thrivecenter.com.

I congratulate you for taking this important step in taking better care of yourself.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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