111 N McDonough St. Decatur, Georgia 30030

Who We Are

The THRIVE Philosophy


Located in the heart of one of our favorite neighborhoods, downtown Decatur, Thrive Center for Psychological Health was founded by Drs. Bender, Blandino, and Bliss in 2010. Our aim is to provide a safe and compassionate therapeutic space in which clients can access their courage and inner wisdom in attending to urgent or ongoing mental health concerns. Highlighting resiliency rather than pathology, we use an effective integration of classical humanistic traditions and cutting-edge innovations of interpersonal neurobiology and cognitive science.  We believe that with curiosity, acceptance, and creativity, we can effectively guide you in your journey of self-discovery and change. 

Our Focus


While each of us is able to treat a wide variety of psychological and relational concerns, we all have a profound appreciation for the effects of traumatic experiences on our ability to reach life goals and experience true fulfillment and joy. In addition, we each have unique therapeutic styles and clinical interests; we encourage you to explore our individual pages to learn who might be the best fit for you.

Our Promise


We are committed to helping you find renewed energy for your own path in recovery. We will listen and collaborate with you in developing a treatment plan that targets what feels most pressing for you. We strongly value the therapeutic relationship and strive to ensure our meetings feel supportive and productive. We view our work as a partnership founded on trust and we always welcome your feedback!

Our Specialities

Depression & Anxiety


Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that many people experience at some point in life. Finding out the roots of your struggle and the ways in which you may be "getting stuck in your head," can help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy.


Trauma & PTSD


Many individuals experience more complex difficulties associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Fear, avoidance, and hopelessness are just a few troubles that can linger after traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and recovery. 




Exploring your relational world via individual or couples therapy can be a critical aspect of overall healing and wellness. We encourage you to discuss difficult topics like vulnerability, sexuality, and loneliness. We provide a safe and welcoming space for our LGBTQ clients and those with diverse relationship styles.

We're Here for You


We are pleased to offer our clients a safe and welcoming therapeutic environment within the vibrant and charming community of downtown Decatur. Our clients enjoy a peaceful reception area, and are welcome to make themselves at home with coffee, tea, or water. 

Getting in Touch

Location & Parking Information

Our office is located across the street from Decatur High School, and beside Agnes Scott College.  We are accessible through public transit; the Decatur Marta Station is just three blocks from our building.  

Free parking is available along N. McDonough St., right in front of our building, as well as along E. Howard, just off Church St. We also have a parking lot behind our building.

Our Address

111 N McDonough St, Decatur, Georgia 30030, United States

Contact Your Preferred Therapist Directly

As each of us operates independently, we can offer our clients the ability to contact us directly. We do not have a "main office" contact number, so please call or email one of us directly. We are happy to provide you with additional information about our services, hours and availability, or to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Jaime Blandino  (404) 313-0464


Dr. Marni Bender  (404) 518-1018


 Dr. Melanie Bliss  (404) 387-0780