"Life is what happens to us when we're too busy making other plans."
- John Lennon
Thank you for visiting our website. Whether you are exploring options for therapy, or just browsing, we are happy you have taken the time to get to know us. Connecting with a therapist in Decatur and Atlanta areas can be challenging these days. We hope you find the information and resources on this site to be helpful in getting through a difficult time or deciding on a therapist who best meets your present needs.
Believe it, or not, we all have strengths and wisdom that can lead us toward feeling content. One experience can impact your whole life. One person can impact a family or relationship. Neither have to define you. Imagine a strand of pearls. One pearl being lost or damaged can impact the entire strand, but we don't hrow them away. They're too valuable. We make necessary changes to bring the strand back to its full beauty. If wethink of our lives in this way, we see that sometimes, we just need to polish the tarnished or blemished areas that hold us back, so we can be who we know ourselves to be.
MINDFULNESS l BALANCE l CONNECTION©
The Peaceful Place is a person-centered, mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice where our clinicians strive to understand and respect where our clients are in their lives. We join you on your journey of growth and development, helping you move through the uncomfortable spaces, rather than avoid them, or remain paralyzed by them. Whether you no longer recognize who you've become, are struggling with a relationship, mental distortions, or emotional distress, or you want guidance and support in self-exploration, we recognize our clients, as, first and foremost, people with real lives, real jobs, real relationships, and real personal truths.
Simply put, mindfulness is intentional awareness the present through the lens of curiosity and kindness; what is actually happening. Mindfulness is not an intervention or theory, but a mindset and way of life.
Many of us carry burdens of "shoulds" and "what ifs." These burdens are informed by stories, not facts, leading to unrealistic expectations, shame, judgment. Thoughts are not facts. We are far more capable of navigating what is actually happening in the moment, than ominous stories of "what if."
Balance refers to harmony; or in psychology, "ego-strength" - a healthy relationship between instinctual needs or desires and restrictive beliefs, perfectionism, or unrealistic expectations.
We don't have to eradicate discomfort in order to tolerate stress. Contentment is not complacency. Satisfaction and success are not the same as perfection. When we attach to specific outcomes rooted in a story of who we're supposed to be or what we lack, we often miss what we need, struggle to prioritize our needs, and feel stuck or avoidant when our needs aren't met.
At the root of human experience is connection. We thrive in it; we seek it through healthy, and sometimes unhealthy, means. Connection manifests in many ways- with a partner, family member, friend, pet, self, nature.
We feel its absence as much as its presence, whether intra-personally (identity, purpose, Self) or interpersonally (relationships, practices, spirituality). Along with mindfulness and balance, an intentional and harmonious connection with self and others helps us to feel like we're actively and purposefully participating in our lives.
We have extensive training and experience to help you with:
Navigating stress Anxiety Depression Panic Attacks
Mood Disorders Family Conflict Interpersonal/Social Skills Impulse Control & ADHD
Grieving Divorce (Adults & their Children) Workplace & Performance Stress Perfectionism
Child/Adolescent Mental/Emotional/Behavioral HEalth Men's Health Substance Abuse
Couples Therapy Sexuality in Relationships Mind-Body Integration Work-Life Balance