111 N. McDonough St.
Decatur, GA 30030
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 ABOUT DR. MELANIE BLISS


For a phone consultation, call 
(404) 387-0780
or email me at

DrBliss@ThriveCenter.com

Hello! Thank you for considering Thrive as you look for a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. I am a licensed clinical psychologist, and I have practiced in metro-Atlanta and Decatur since 2006. I primarily see teenagers and adults (I no longer see children).

One of my goals is to help people discover and maximize their strengths while healing from emotional pain, overcoming suffering, and achieving a more satisfactory life. I am non-judgmental, collaborative, and open to feedback as I strive to make therapy beneficial for you.

I work with individuals who experience many different personal and life challenges, including depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship problemsIn addition, I specialize in the following areas: 

~ Trauma (including rape, assault, abuse - current or previous)
~ Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
~ Self-harming behaviors
~ Personality disorders (including Borderline Personality Disorder)
~ Anxiety
~ Pregnancy and new parenthood

For those of you struggling with your mood or relationships, I can help you be more effective in relationships, regulate your mood, and tolerate distress in your life. Many of my clients find it freeing to accept themselves and their histories while also working toward change. Some clients specifically request that we focus on building effective coping skills, and I often incorporate principles of mindfulness into my therapy work.

I integrate several theoretical orientations depending on my clients’ needs, and determining the best treatment is a collaborative effort. I work from a humanistic and interpersonal perspective, relying frequently on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).  I seek to help my clients understand they ways in which their minds and bodies are connected from a neurological perspective, which is particularly helpful for people experiencing anxiety or a post-trauma response.  You are welcome to contact me if you would like more information about what these terms mean.

In addition to psychotherapy, I am adjunct faculty at Emory University School of Medicine and a consultant to the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (
www.gnesa.org). I conduct workshops for law enforcement personnel on responding to sexual assault crimes. I provide forensic services, including expert testimony, interviews, and consultation to attorneys. Lastly, I enjoy public speaking and conducting workshops on topics such as violence against women, sexual assault, PTSD, and dialectical behavior therapy, among others.   

Please feel free to call me directly at 404-387-0780, or email me at drbliss@thrivecenter.com if you would like to talk further about working together. I look forward to speaking with you!


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