Dr. Laura Riss, PsyD
Specialties: ages 16+, eating disorders, body image, relationships, trauma, grief, anxiety, health concerns, and depression
It takes much strength and courage to seek therapy and bring voice to difficult truths. My goal is to provide a warm and empathetic connection and to understand your experiences. I believe that our early years inform who we are and the narratives that we hold about our strengths as well as areas where we struggle. It is with this lens that I will work with you to understand what you are seeking through therapy and collaborate with you to set goals for the therapeutic process.
I have over 15 years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist. I have worked in a range of treatment settings from medical centers, inpatient, counseling centers, and private practice. I have also provided training and supervision to behavioral health clinicians. I have specializations in the areas of eating disorders (from restrictive patterns to overeating, emotional eating, and binge eating as well as bulimia and body image disturbances) and survivors of abuse and trauma. In addition, I provide psychotherapy for teens and adults dealing with symptoms of depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, developmental or health concerns particularly related to the college student population, diversity and LGBTQIA+ issues. I am passionate about helping people of all sexual orientations, lifestyles, and self identification. It is our differences and unique perspectives that can bring the greatest healing.
The goal for therapy is to help support the changes that you wish to make and learn to incorporate the strategies and tools needed to have a happy and healthy life. I use evidence-based techniques including mindfulness, as well as incorporate creative and dynamic strategies (like art therapy) to facilitate the healing process. I believe it is an honor to be a part of someone’s healing journey and it would be an honor to join you on yours.
Pronouns: she, her, hers
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-> Nova Southeastern University, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) & Masters of Science (M.S.)
-> New York University Master of Arts (M.A.)
-> Purdue University Bachelor of Arts (B.A., Psychology) Magna Cum Laude
-> Certified Mindfulness Informed Clinician
-> International Association for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
-> Athens Area Psychological Association member
-> International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
Our licensed psychologists and dietitians provide online therapy as well as in person appointments for clients in Decatur, Buckhead, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Morningside, Atlanta, or anywhere in Georgia. We are also licensed to provide therapy to clients in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Nevada, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah, and more through PsyPact.
We welcome clients in all bodies, identities, and neurodiversities.
You can schedule a complimentary phone consultation with any of the psychologists or the registered dietitian at the practice.