A SAFE SPACE FOR WOMEN AND THE QUEER COMMUNITY
Evidenced-based treatment strategies, mindfulness meditation, caregiver support, customized aromatherapy healing, and hands on expressive therapy.
Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, addiction, anxiety, or a major life transition? It might be time to reach out to an experienced professional who can provide a supportive space for you to process some of the challenges you are facing. I’m a licensed Professional Counselor in the vibrant neighborhood of Downtown Decatur, and I’m here to support you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.
“Even as a child she had lived her own small life within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life - that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions.”
Kate Chopin, The Awakening
Emily Fitzpatrick, LPC, DCC
Thank you for taking the time to visit my practice. By researching for a therapist who is the right fit for you, you have already begun the process of self-advocacy-- this is significant! Therapy is for everyone and I strive to make my practice a place that feels safe, peaceful, and accessible. I am particularly interested in understanding the culture and context my client's grew up in and socialized beliefs that may be standing in their way of making the changes they would like to make. I am an advocate and ally for the LGBTQIA community including gender non-conforming and non-binary people and affirm the need for safe, informed, and competent psychotherapy practices for this vulnerable and underserved group. I also promote a sex-positive therapeutic environment where clients are free to explore all aspects of their intersectional identity.
My style of therapy is highly engaged and interactive, infused with humor and raw empathy and compassion. One of the core tenants and driving philosophies of my practice is to be a human connecting with other authentic human beings in a way that feels safe and challenging. I often tell my clients, you should expect to work hard in this space and feel stretched when you leave and I will commit to bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to our sessions, walking with you each step of the way.
I have a Master's of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University and completed my undergraduate work at the University of Georgia in Psychology. I am a Distance Credentialed Counselor and provide phone and video sessions for clients I've met with 1-3 times in person. I also specialize in Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and offer this highly effective, short term treatment strategy for individuals who have survived complex trauma and live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
About My Team
Builder, Maker, Transmale Group Facilitator
Restore Counseling is over-joyed to have Gabe join our team of passionate mental health professionals committed to restoring the inner strength, beauty, and wisdom that lives within each of us. He is the Co-founder and a Maker at Restore Workshop where ecoaware sourcing and design is their passion and repurposing and restoring the beauty of Atlanta's discarded "junk" into unique, beautiful, and eclectic design elements is their brand. Gabe has utilized making and creating as a sort of therapy as he has come to own his intersectional identity and develop and nurture self-compassion, discover his inner strength, and advocate for his brother's, sisters, and non-binary siblings in the queer community. He will be cofacilitating our FTM Trans Therapy Groups and integrating his knowledge, expertise, and passion for making into the work we do together in our group experience. Not only will group members have the opportunity to learn basic skills around tools and building, they will be able to make and take home their unique creations to remember this part of their personal journey to more fully knowing themselves.
Jillian Blum, PhD, LPC
FTM Group Facilitator
Dr. Jillian Blum is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from The Pennsylvania State University where she completed her research and dissertation on the relationship between transgender children and their fathers. Dr. Blum's research in the area of transgender people's experience in family systems enhances the work she does in her private practice at Transitional Counseling Services of Georgia, specializing in work with individuals, couples, adolescents, college students, and families to help with challenges such as managing anxiety, depression, embracing LGBTQIA identity, and/or relationship issues. Dr. Blum works from a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), person centered, sex positive, and nonbinary orientation in order to explore and collaboratively work with clients to assist them in achieving their invidividual goals.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR VISIT
Guiding You On the Path of Self-Healing
Perhaps you've been experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety - maybe you're unsure about the future of your career, questioning your identity, struggling to set boundaries in relationships, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer a therapeutic partnership. Often times our strengths, creativity, and motivation for change are hidden under layers of life experience and unexpected stressors.
Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and in my sessions I use feminist theory as the backbone of the therapeutic relationship to encourage a sense of empowerment by understanding and breaking down social barriers that keep many of us from thriving. I have the tools and professional experience to partner with you and create strategies that work for your specific needs.
SERVICES I OFFER
With You Every Step of the Way
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY 60 MINUTES
In Person, Phone, and Video session options available
Individual sessions are available when you need a safe and confidential space to come exactly as you are, to feel heard, validated, and encouraged. I use a thorough, in depth individual history along with gentle challenging, goal clarification, and a variety of evidenced based therapeutic strategies to help clients feel confident in who they are and how to make needed changes to become the kind of person they want to be.
COUPLES THERAPY 75 MINUTES
In Person & Video Session Options Available
If you’re looking for a holistic approach to Couples Therapy sessions with your partner then you’ve come to the right place. I guide my clients every step of the way and implement various methods to help couples develop empathy, create realistic communication strategies that work for your specific dynamic, and challenge socialized beliefs around emotional work in the family system. If you are ready to roll up your sleeves and build intimacy, trust, and safety in your relationship, don't hesitate, reach out today.
WOMEN'S GROUP THERAPY, 60-90 MINUTES
We Are Lovely: A Group for Emotionally Exhausted Women
The women's group offering is a holistic approach to women's emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being, integrating art therapy, ayurvedic principles, and music as components of the work we do together. Group members who participated during the summer session enjoyed creating jewelry, personalized aromatherapy treatments, inspirational magnets made from recycled materials, and participated in an ayurvedic dosha journey to understand their natural balanced energy states. This is an amazing opportunity for women to connect in an authentic way with other women and to build a community of healing, trust, and unity. All individuals who identify as female are welcome to this group. This group is designed for adult women of all ages as we believe in cross-generational learning and understanding.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 60 MINUTES
The Third Thursday of Every Month at 6PM
(**December 2019 meeting will be held on Thursday, December 12 from 6-7pm)
This is a free support group for caregivers of individuals with memory loss and other age related chronic conditions. We meet each month at my private practice space and welcome anyone in the community who is in need of an affirming, safe space to process your journey in the caregiving role. Please RSVP by calling 404-259-8787 or emailing email@example.com.
NARRATIVE EXPOSURE THERAPY (NET)
Individual Therapy for Survivors of Complex Trauma & PTSD
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is an empirically supported short-term approach to addressing trauma spectrum disorder for survivors of singular, multiple, and complex trauma. NET has been particularly impactful across diverse cultures and settings to resolve traumas for adults and children who have survived traumas associated with sexual and domestic violence; war; natural disaster; and human trafficking. In practice, NET combines a narrative approach with cognitive behavioral exposure techniques to address the neuropsychological effects of trauma and memory on a person’s interpersonal and intrapersonal functioning. Through this approach, clients benefit from contextualizing their trauma experiences in a holistic narrative (termed “testimony”) that allows them to process emotions related to the trauma and develop clear contingencies for potential dangerous and/or safe conditions. The facilitator of NET utilizes empathy and counseling-based listening skills to connect the client fully to the emotional and physiological experiences of the traumatic experience while keeping the client grounded in the “here and now”.
FEES & CLIENT OFFICE HOURS
Now Accepting New Clients
Self-Payment & Out-of-Network Only
My rate is $150 per 60 minutes and payment is due at the time of service. Couple's sessions are $165 for 75 minute sessions. Clients are responsible for paying their full fee if a 24 hour notice is not provided prior to canceling an appointment. Payments made by credit card or via Paypal are subject to a 3.5% credit card fee. Please inquire about 10 and 20 Session Package options.
Tuesdays: 9:30a.m.-2p.m. & 4p.m.-8:30p.m.
Wednesdays: 9:30a.m.-2p.m. & 4p.m.-8:30p.m.
As always, thank you for trusting me with your referrals <3
Emily Fitzpatrick, LPC, DCC
260 Howard Street NE Suite 3 Atlanta, GA 30317