Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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About Me

Almost 30 Years Providing Mental Health Services

Clinical Services Offered

I offer individual and couples psychotherapy with adults.  I also offer individual and family psychotherapy with adolescents.

v When I work with an individual in therapy I begin by obtaining a clear understanding of your concerns and goals.  You may be experiencing less joy in your life, struggling with anxiety or depression, having difficulty identifying and meeting your personal life goals, or challenged to recover from a loss or trauma.  I can help you with these difficult issues.  Each person’s therapy is unique because each person is unique.  I see the process of change as a collaborative effort between the client and the therapist.   It is my honor to work to help you meet your goals and improve your life.

v One of my strong passions is helping to improve relationships.  I have many years of specialized training in couple’s therapy and am listed with the National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists (www.marriagefriendlytherapists.com).  This resource is a listing of therapists who specialize in marriage and couples therapy that have met the highest standards of competency in this specialized area of psychotherapy.

My approach to couples therapy involves a formal assessment of your relationship.  Through joint and individual sessions, and the completion of questionnaires and assessment materials, I gather information on the strengths, difficulties and areas of needed improvement.  I provide a detailed feedback session with specific treatment recommendations before treatment is begun. 

I have worked in private practice in the Atlanta area since 1985.  I have been at my current office location in downtown Marietta since 2001.

I write a monthly article on mental health and wellness issues for the publication Our Town.  The topics include: marriage, parenting, stress reduction, setting goals, grief and loss; and many more.  You can review current and past issues of this publication at www.ourtownmonthly.com.

Knowing who the right person to contact is can be confusing.  There are differences in training and focus among mental health professionals.  There are psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers.  Each offers specific skills and training.

A Clinical Psychologist is a specialist in evaluating, diagnosing and treating emotional and behavioral difficulties.  Psychologists have a doctoral degree which takes about six years in graduate school after completion of an undergraduate degree.  Additionally, psychologists are required to obtain pre- and post-graduate experience and supervision with an experienced clinician before working and practicing independently. 

Professional credentials are important and do matter.  Training is what differentiates a professional from the help available from a trusted friend.  Other less obvious skills of a good therapist are empathy, compassion and wisdom.  While therapy is not a friendship, you should feel comfortable and understood. 

Education and Training 

  • Clinical Internship (1984) Louisiana State University Medical Center; New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Ph.D.  (1984) University of Southern Mississippi; Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • M.A. (1982) University of Southern Mississippi; Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • B.A. (1979) Mercer University; Macon, Georgia

I have been fortunate to have participated in many post-doctoral training programs with highly respected and accomplished experts in the field of mental health.  I have years of extensive post-graduate training in therapy issues, couples therapy, and sexual issues.

 

My Philosophy

I believe in the wisdom each of us possesses.  I see a therapist, not as an all knowing expert to provide answers, but rather as a collaborator who assists in the process of change and growth by functioning as a coach, a facilitator, a cheerleader, and a provider of accountability.  Because it is impossible to have objectivity about our own lives, a therapist can provide a clearer view of where you are “getting stuck” and offer an alternative perspective of how to make changes so that life is improved.

Research has shown that the most important predictor of therapy success is a good working relationship between clients and therapist.  Since therapy involves a large commitment of time, money and energy, we need to work together to establish good teamwork.

In addition to the training and experience of a therapist, it is important to find someone with whom you feel comfortable and understood.  I welcome an opportunity of discuss your thoughts or questions to see if I am the right person to assist you with your concerns.  If you don’t feel I am the right person, I will assist you in finding a “better fit” so you can reach your goals.

600 Kennesaw Avenue Suite 300        Marietta, Georgia  30060        Phone:  77.428.6698
Fax:  77.428.7475        email: 
LeisaB@marietta-psychologist.com

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