About Dr. Bliss...

Melanie Bliss, Ph.D.

Hello and Welcome!

Whether you have never been in therapy before, you are resuming therapy after a break, or you currently have a therapist, I know how important it is to find someone with whom you feel comfortable and can trust. I strive to provide a warm, nonjudgmental, collaborative experience for my clients while providing cutting-edge treatment for your specific concerns.


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 aim to make therapy feel safe and comfortable for all my clients, and I am open to feedback as I strive to make therapy beneficial for you. 

Credentials & Experience

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have been in private practice since 2006. I received my doctorate in 2004 from Georgia State University. At Georgia State I studied both clinical and community psychology, offering multiple perspectives for the issues in which I specialize. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Emory University College of Medicine where I currently serve as an adjunct faculty member.  My background in community psychology has led me to pursue other professional interests, including my role as a consultant for the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA). I conduct workshops for law enforcement personnel on responding to sexual assault crimes, and I also provide forensic services and consultation, including expert testimony. Lastly, I enjoy consulting, public speaking, and conducting workshops on topics such as violence against women, sexual assault/harrassment, PTSD, and dialectical behavior therapy.

Specialty Areas

I see teenagers and adults for individual therapy (and family therapy when applicable). I work with individuals who experience many different personal and life challenges, but I specialize in the following areas: 


  • Trauma and stressful life experiences - past or current
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - acute, chronic, or complex
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Personality disorders (including Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • Stressful life transitions, such as parenthood or aging parents


  • Of note, I also provide professional mentoring, supervision, and consultation to other therapists or those seeking to start a practice. Please contact me for more information about this service.

Therapeutic Approach

I use a multi-dimensional approach to therapy and integrate theoretical orientations depending on my clients’ needs. Determining the best treatment is a collaborative effort.  I work from an underlying humanistic and interpersonal perspective, relying heavily on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), internal family systems (IFS), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).  I help my clients understand how their minds and bodies are connected from a neurological perspective, which is particularly helpful for people experiencing anxiety or a post-trauma response. There are multiple interventions for trauma processing, and I determine with my clients which approach is likely to be most comfortable and effective for them.   


For those of you struggling with overwhelming emotions, I can help you be more effective in relationships, regulate your mood, and tolerate distress. Many of my clients find it freeing to learn to accept themselves and their histories while also working toward change. Some clients specifically request that we focus on building effective coping skills, so therapy is often more practical and adaptive to everyday life. I incorporate principles of mindfulness into all of my therapy work and regularly engage my clients in learning and practicing these principles. Lastly, I seek to treat the "whole person" with mindful attention to health and wellness through food, movement, and other aspects of every day life that often become overlooked or hard to manage when we are stressed or overwhelmed.

Practice Information

Hours & Availability

I am in the office seeing clients Monday through Thursday, typically from 9:00am to 4:00pm (subject to availability). 

Regarding Insurance

I am an out-of-network provider for insurance companies. If you would like to use your out-of-network health insurance benefits to help pay for therapy, I can provide you with a statement called a "superbill" which has all the necessary information your insurance company will need. Given that plan benefits vary, I suggest that you call your insurance carrier directly for accurate information about exactly what your plan covers. We can discuss any questions you have about fees, insurance, and payment options during our initial consultation.

The Next Steps

Call me or send me an email! I’d be glad to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you.


(404) 387-0780

DrBliss@ThriveCenter.com


111 N. McDonough St.

Decatur, GA 30030


Forms for Your First Appointment

Please complete the forms below and bring them to your first appointment. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.