Rachel Anne Kieran, Psy.D.
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or call (404) 695-1100.
A graduate of Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida with Bachelor's degrees in History and Psychology, I moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue graduate study in Clinical Psychology. I received my Master's and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. I moved to Atlanta to complete my doctorate by serving a 12-month internship at Georgia State University, where I was then hired as a post-doctoral fellow, and then a senior staff member.
Prior to opening a private practice in Atlanta in 2007 I worked for Regis University in Denver and Georgia State University in Atlanta - providing clinical services for students in both positions. I have also worked in a group practice and a community mental health center in Denver. When not providing direct service, I teach as an adjunct professor in Psychological Science at Kennesaw State University, and provide continuing education workshops for other mental health professionals, particularly in the areas of sexual, gender and relational diversity.
I am also a member of the leadership team for my professional association, the Georgia Psychological Association, and in 2020-21 will serve as the Association President. I have held multiple positions for that association and love getting to work with my incredible colleagues!
While a "generalist" in practice, I have particular interests in the areas of:
- individual psychotherapy
- group psychotherapy
- history and systems of psychology
- sexual diversity
- gender identity and expression
- relational diversity
- BDSM and kink-aware services
- disability assessments
- stress management
- multiple identities
- relationship concerns
- interpersonal psychology
- social justice
Personal Theory of Counseling
“Psychotherapy is, in essence, a cure through love.” – Sigmund Freud
I believe that a comfortable, non-judgmental environment; demonstrating congruence; empathy and unconditional positive regard are all essential to therapy, however sometimes, the addition of more directive approaches is necessary. I do naturally bring these basics into the room with me, and believe deeply in the importance of transparency, authentic valuing of the person and true empathy.
I am aware that we all carry developmental wounds with us throughout our lives. We all long for the resolution to an emotional wound, and must work towards recognition of ways that we are replaying a pattern in new relationships.
I truly believe that our prior relationships are those which form the templates from which we interact with all subsequent individuals, and that much of our behavior in the world is informed by trying to resolve some old wound in order to feel free to move on to new experiences. This awareness can be a real struggle, as it can often take a long time for us to simply reach an understanding that there might be a connection between a contemporary problem and an older relationship, however there is a magic in seeing someone begin to heal these older relationships, either by letting go, or by making amends or coming to peace with that person, that is very gratifying when it does happen.
My goal as a therapist is always to reduce human suffering, and to empower people to change their experience in the world. That said, the client’s ultimate responsibility for change lies with themselves. I remain incredibly empathic to the many, many struggles that my clients face, however believe that there is always something, albeit small, that clients can do to make positive change in their lives, and want to help empower you to begin with even that one small step or perspective shift.
My heart, and my love and caring for people in places of pain, is and I suspect always will be the biggest feature of what I offer to my clients, however I also strive to help them challenge themselves to better understanding to the place in which they stand, how they got there, and where they can journey from that place. I want them to understand that they are on a path, and that they have the power to choose where to go from there.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward,
but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
–Ursula K. LeGuin
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© Rachel Anne Kieran, Psy.D. 2012