Ashley Lanier-Pszczola, L.M.F.T.

 

 

 

 

I enjoy working with individuals (ages 12 years old- adult) with a variety of presenting problems including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders, and ADHD. In addition to working with adolescents, I enjoy working with young adults who may be experiencing stress related to college or other life transitions in addition to mental health struggles.

Additionally, I provide family therapy services where I work with multiple individuals within the same family system. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am highly skilled in working with families in a wide variety of areas including communication concerns, addressing arguments and misunderstandings, and addressing unhelpful family dynamics. I am highly skilled in working with parents of children, teens and young adults who experience intense emotions to improve dynamics and communication patterns within the family.

For minor clients, parent and/or family sessions are a required part of treatment on at least a monthly basis. This ensures that caregivers are provided with the tools they need to support their child in therapy, and reinforce skills in the home. Family member inclusion adjunct to individual therapy for adult clients is completely optional and considered on an as needed and as desired basis. I am happy to discuss this with adult clients at any time to assist them in identifying the pros and cons of family sessions in their overall treatment goals.

I am fully licensed to provide therapy to individuals, couples, and families throughout the state of Georgia. I utilize evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy skills training (DBT skills training), attachment-based family therapy (ABFT), and solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT).

I find it important to collaborate with other members of a client’s treatment team such as their psychiatrist, PCP, nutritionist/dietician, school counselors or others who may be directly involved in their mental healthcare. I do not do child custody evaluations or testify in court regarding custody.

I understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and the importance that the right therapeutic fit has to the client’s ultimate success. I take a very collaborative approach with my clients and I always do my best to make sure clients feel heard and understood. I check in with my clients consistently to make sure they feel they are making progress towards their goals and working on the things that are important to them in therapy. I believe the real work of therapy often happens between sessions, so in addition to listening to clients with empathy, I also
encourage clients to practice skills and strategies throughout their week. Finding the right therapist for yourself or your child can feel like a daunting task! The best way for us to know if we will be a good fit is for you to schedule a free phone consultation with me. On this brief call, we can discuss your individual needs, more about my style as a therapist, and I can answer any questions you may have. It is an honor and a privilege to play a small part in positive change in the lives of others, and as a therapist I look forward to this every day!

MY EXPERIENCE
I have worked with individuals, couples, and families in person and via telehealth in outpatient settings, community-based settings, and residential settings. I have experience collaborating with schools to create IEPs and 504 plans with appropriate educational accommodations for children and teens advocating for their mental health needs. I have specific training and experience working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) clients of all ages and families, as well as BIPOC clients and families. In 2019, I participated in the development of an
adolescent residential treatment program, where I created and implemented all of the adolescent family services, including parent workshops, multi-family groups, and parent support group programming. I enjoy public speaking and advocating for mental health care accessibility.

MY AVAILABILITY 
I am available to see patients in our Inman Park office or by telehealth on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am-5pm. I offer services via telehealth only on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am-5pm.

 

ACADEMIC TRAINING

M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy

Valdosta State University

B.A., Psychology with a minor in Sociology

Valdosta State University

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

I am a Clinical Fellow member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AND PRESENTATIONS:

Lanier-Pszczola, A. N. (2023) Gen-Z and Therapy: Competent Care for Teens in 2023. Professional/CEU presentation presented virtually at the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT) Spring Symposium.

Lanier-Pszczola, A. N. (2022) Is it all really mom’s fault? Mother blaming in therapy. Professional/CEU presentation Presented virtually at the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT) Spring Symposium. (2023) Gen-Z and Therapy: Competent Care for Teens in 2023. Professional/CEU presentation presented virtually at the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT) Spring Symposium.

Lanier-Pszczola, A. N. (2020) Becoming one treatment team: Involving the family in your work with teens and young adults. Professional/Continuing Education presentation to be presented at Skyland Trail’s virtual CE Series, Atlanta, GA.

Lanier, A. N. (2017) It’s all mom’s fault!: Mother blaming in therapy. Professional presentation presented at Valdosta State MFT Master’s Series, Valdosta, GA. Prezi Link: https://prezi.com/rybjkmwqrqfw/its-all-moms-fault/

Monetti, D., Adams, K., Lanier, A., & Brunston, D. (2016). What is an n-gram viewer? A discussion of the role of student learning in assessment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Georgia Association for Gifted Children, Athens, GA.

Bishop, E., Coburn, K., Lanier, A., & Vrandupulo, C. (2016). Gender roles in binational couples of mixed-immigration status living in the United States. Poster session presented at Valdosta State University Graduate Research Symposium, Valdosta, GA.

Bishop, E., Coburn, K., Lanier, A., & Vrandupulo, C. (2016). Gender roles in binational couples of mixed-immigration status living in the United States. Poster session presented at Spring Conference of Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Jekyll Island, GA.

 

 

Ashley Lanier-Pszczola, L.M.F.T. provides services to Atlanta CBT, LLC on a contract basis via Superior Family Services, LLC.