Ascension Behavioral Health

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Ascension Behavioral Health, LLC

Dr. Abrams is the founder and CEO of Ascension Behavioral Health, LLC, located at 1549 Clairmont Rd., Suite 108, Decatur, GA 30033, which opened in 2012.  She is highly trained and specializes in individual (late adolescent and adult) counseling, couple counseling, professional supervision and organizational consultation. She has experience in helping clients find solutions to their problems, build self-esteem and make clearer decisions in their work and personal lives. She provides a warm and safe environment for clients to be themselves and to learn better ways of coping with difficulties from both their past and in their present.


Background and Training

Dr. Abrams first became interested in psychology during her senior year of high school in her first psychology class.  She has always wanted to help others, particularly children and families, but not knowing about psychology, had set her goals on becoming a teacher and helping children achieve their learning goals in a warm but challenging classroom.  With newfound knowledge from this class, Dr. Abrams enrolled in Syracuse University already knowing that she would major in psychology and quickly found opportunities to volunteer on campus and in the Syracuse community.  She chose the roles of peer mentor, educator and tutor throughout college, and these experiences furthered her interest in developing skills to be a source of support to others.  She pursued Bachelor of Arts degrees in both psychology and African American studies and geared her education towards work in multicultural settings with children and families.

Dr. Abrams attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for her graduate training, focusing on assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic treatment in multicultural settings with diverse clients.  She began her clinical training using diagnostic assessments to provide treatment and educational recommendations for children on the southside of Chicago, later expanding her interests to include adults, community mental health counseling, romantic relationship counseling and family counseling.  In addition to this training, Dr. Abrams worked with the Department of Child and Family Services in Illinois to assess parental competency in individuals with mental illness who were alleged perpetrators of abuse and/or neglect.  Dr. Abrams also gained experience in facilitating psycho-educational groups about mental health issues and coping skills.  Additionally, she began training with college-aged populations in university settings and pursued this interest for internship and postdoctoral training.

Dr. Abrams completed a mixed-method dissertation looking at the consumption of black erotic literature of heterosexual African American women and how this genre of literature influenced partner seeking and relationship habits. This research allowed her to blend together her interests in minority populations, romantic relationships and sexual development together through interviews with women of all ages and experiences from the Chicagoland area.

Dr. Abrams was selected to complete her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at Emory University's Counseling and Psychological Services and Faculty Staff Assistance Program, where she provided counseling to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as university faculty and staff.  She worked with students of all ages primarily presenting with depression, anxiety and concerns related to academic distress, peer conflict, problems in romantic relationships, substance abuse, family issues and trauma.  With university faculty and staff, Dr. Abrams helped clients to explore issues related to related to job dissatisfaction, interpersonal issues with coworkers and supervisors, parenting and family concerns, relationship and marital problems and substance abuse.

Licensure

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, state of Georgia, 2012 - Present


Education

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Emory University, 2011-2012
  • APA Approved Pre-Doctoral Internship, Emory University, 2010-2011
  • Psy.D., Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago Campus), 2011
  • M.A., Master of Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago Campus), 2008
  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and African American Studies, Syracuse University, 2002-2006


Professional Memberships

  • Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)
  • Georgia Psychological Association (GPA)
  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)


Specialized Training

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (Atlanta Center for EFT) Intensive Supervised Training, presented by Michael Barnett, LPC, 2014 - Present
  • American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer Psychologist