Ayanna Abrams, Psy.D.

 

Dr. Abrams is a highly trained, licensed clinical psychologist in metro Atlanta, Georgia. She specializes in the therapeutic treatment of individual and couples, clinical supervision and group/organizational consultation. Clients seek out Dr. Abrams to help them find solutions to repeated problems or patterns, build self-esteem and make better decisions in relationships. Dr. Abrams provides a safe and inviting environment for clients to be their most honest selves; to reconnect with a more empowered narrative to their life story, and to use this new narrative to cope with difficulties from their past and in their present with greater insight, intention and control.

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LICENSURE

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (GA #PSY003613)

EDUCATION

B.A. in Psychology and African American Studies, Syracuse University

M.A. and Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago Campus)

APA Approved Pre-Doctoral Internship, Emory University

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Emory University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

Georgia Psychological Association (GPA)

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer Psychologist 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Racism and race based trauma

Relationship habits/functioning in people of color

Gender studies

Student of color experiences at PWIs

Adolescent and adult sexual socialization

 
 

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BACKGROUND AND TRAINING

As the daughter of parents who emigrated from the Caribbean to the United States, Dr. Abrams has lifelong experience navigating issues of cultural difference, transition and identity. These experiences, coupled with brief exposure to psychology in her senior year of high school, led to an interest in the formal study of behavior patterns across people and cultures; more specifically--opportunities for wellness or lackthereof in historically underserved communities. She enrolled in Syracuse University already knowing that she would major in psychology and quickly found opportunities to volunteer on & off campus to provide support, education and access any way that she could.  Dr. Abrams 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, which gave her a wide range of training experiences focusing on assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic intervention to help clients understand problematic patterns and make immediate and long-term improvements to their lives. Throughout the Chicagoland area, she worked in community mental health and university settings to directly address clinical concerns that hindered clients' day to day functioning. She gained expertise in facilitating psycho-educational groups about getting control over emotions, substance use/abuse, body image and coping skills. 

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 worked with undergraduate & graduate students and university/hospital faculty & staff.  In these settings, she had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of late adolescents and adults presenting with mild to severe depression, anxiety and conflict that was disrupting their lives; this could be related to academic distress, peer conflict, supervisor/coworker dynamics, problems in romantic and family relationships, substance abuse, trauma or any other pattern that hinders optimal functioning.  

Dr. Abrams opened Ascension Behavioral Health, LLC in 2012 with the hope of making meaningful therapy more accessible and less stigmatized in the community. Trained in a practitioner-scholar model, she uses her formal knowledge of history, psychology & systems to inform her person-centered approach to care for individuals, couples and communities. She is careful, direct and collaborative in her work with clients--focusing on nuances that we have been taught to ignore and invalidate, to help clients uncover the most important parts of their being that may have gotten lost over time.  Dr. Abrams is personable and honest; traits that clients have steadily gravitated towards for over 10 years; traits through which clients have felt seen and valued.