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WELCOME TO HILLSIDE DBT

Hillside DBT is proud to offer outpatient DBT therapy and counseling at the Medici building located in The Piazza at Paces. All of our clinicians are fully licensed and intensively trained in DBT. Along with our specialized DBT services we also have therapists certified in Theraplay®.

Hillside DBT specializes in helping children, adolescents, and families who are having issues with adapting to change, working through conflict, or dealing with emotional distress.

Helping clients cope with stress is our primary goal.

We achieve this by getting them to:

  • Learn skills to be effective communicators and manage their behaviors

  • Gain insight into their feelings and reactions to strong emotions

  • Manage and maintain healthy relationships

  • Prepare mentally and emotionally for high school and college

  • Balance school and extracurricular activities

  • Resolve family conflicts

  • Overcome depression and anxiety

  • Feel empowered to succeed in these highly competitive times

Our highly skilled and compassionate clinicians are ready to help our clients and their families reach their goals.

DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a unique and specialized form of therapy that combines skills for staying grounded in the present moment and coping skills for tolerating the stressors of internal and external conflicts.

DBT focuses on developing new skills and behaviors to help with understanding and relaxing emotions, tolerating when life does not go as planned, navigating relationships/conflict with others, improving parent-child interactions and increasing contentment with the present moment.

Development of these skills motivates preteens and adolescents to create a healthy balance of acceptance and change. This empowers them to overcome challenges like peer pressure, bullying and social media.

DBT benefits individuals and families struggling with moodiness and anxiety, as well as relationships – be they peer or familial. It also encourages participants to find interests and motivations outside of social media, which in turn prepares them in handling ALL of life’s ups and downs, not just the digital ones.

1

Decreasing life-threatening behaviors

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Suicidal threats
  • Suicide attempts
  • Self-injurious behaviors
    (helping teens who cut)

2

Decreasing therapy-interfering behaviors

  • Missing or coming late to sessions
  • Remaining silent in sessions

3

Decreasing quality-of-life interfering behaviors

  • Physical aggression
  • Electronic dependence
  • Substance abuse
  • Trouble in school
  • Relationship conflict
  • Excessive worry over school/life’s demands

4

Increasing
coping
skills

  • Learning to relate to and communicate better with others 
  • Learning to understand and tolerate different emotions
  • Improving acceptance of one’s self
  • Skills for being able to enjoy the present moment more fully

OUR PROFESSIONALS

As long standing experts in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in the Southeast, Hillside therapists have the experience and expertise to provide DBT that is strictly adherent to the principals of this highly sought after and proven therapy.

KATIE ALIOTO, LCSW

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescents and families for 7 years. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia in 2008. She participated in Core Clinical training© and Case-Based clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy© with Shari Manning of Treatment Implementation Collaborative and formerly with Behavioral Tech, run by the creator of DBT, Marsha Linehan.

Recently she also completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training© in 2014. Katie provides DBT in the group, individual and family setting and has led adolescent skills groups for 5 years. Katie is also a Level One Theraplay® practitioner and has been practicing Theraplay® in groups, individual and family therapy for three years. Katie enjoys working with pre-teens, adolescents and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, PTSD and interpersonal difficulties.

CHRISTINA FIDDES, LCSW

Christina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescents and families for 16 years. Christina completed her undergraduate studies in 1999 and returned to school at the University of Georgia to receive her Masters of Social Work in 2010. She intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Charlie Swenson and Shireen Rizvi of Behavioral Tech, run by the creator of DBT, Marsha Linehan.

Recently she also completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training© in 2014. She provides DBT in the group, individual and family setting and has led adolescent and multi-family skills group for 6 years. Christina is also the first certified Theraplay® Therapist in the state of Georgia and has been practicing Theraplay® in groups, individual and family therapy for three years. She enjoys working with preteens, adolescents and young adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-injurious behaviors, interpersonal relationships, emotion regulation, self-esteem and family conflict.

LIANNE STEVENSON, LCSW

Lianne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s of Social Work in 1990 from Saint Mary’s College and completed her Master’s of Social Work at Florida State University in 1993). Lianne has over 20 years of experience providing therapy and coaching to adolescents and their families in out-patient, in-home and in-patient settings. She joined Hillside in 2005, was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Behavior Tech and assisted in implementing the DBT program into the Hillside milieu. Lianne also completed the Advanced Intensive Training with Marsha Linehan in 2008.

Since then, she has been an individual DBT therapist and adolescent and parent DBT skills group leader. Recently she also completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training© in 2014. Additionally Lianne has been trained in Level One and Two of Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®. Lianne enjoys working with adolescents who are experiencing difficulty managing intense emotions and helping them and their families learn skills and strategies to more effectively cope and build a life worth living. Her direct approach balances acceptance of where you are with the need for change.

ALLYSE FISCHER-MULLINS, LMSW

Allyse is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescent and families for 4 years. She received her Bachelor’s of Psychology and Spanish at Georgia Southern University and her Masters of Social Work at Kennesaw State University. She intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Shari Manning, PhD of Treatment Implementation Collaborative.

She provides DBT in the group, individual and family settings and has led adolescent and family skills groups. Allyse has been trained in Level One Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®, as well. She has been practicing Theraplay® in groups, individual and family therapy.

Allyse enjoys working with children, pre-teens, and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, PTSD and interpersonal difficulties.

ELIZABETH LOPEZ, LMSW

Elizabeth is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescents and families for 6 years. She received her Bachelor’s of Science and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia. She intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with Cedar Koons, LISW and Janice Kuo, PhD of Behavioral Tech, run by the creator of DBT, Marsha Linehan.

Elizabeth provides DBT in the group, individual and family settings and has led adolescent and family skills groups. She has been trained in Level One and Two of Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®, as well. She has been practicing Theraplay® in groups, individual and family therapy for 4 years.

Elizabeth enjoys working with children, pre-teens, and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, PTSD and interpersonal difficulties.

DR. KIMBERLY VAY, EdD, LPC

Kimberly is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working with children, adolescents, and families for 11 years. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Education at Edinboro University in PA, Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling at Argosy University, and her Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. She received Core Clinical training© and Case-Based clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy© with Shari Manning of Treatment Implementation Collaborative and formerly with Behavioral Tech. Additionally, she completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training© in 2014.

She provides DBT in the group, individual, and family settings, in addition to leading adolescent and family skills groups. Kimberly also facilitates DBT groups for parents and guardians. She has been trained in Level One and Two of Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®, and practices Theraplay® in group, individual, and family therapy.

Kimberly enjoys working with children, pre-teens, and adolescents who struggle with interpersonal relationships, emotion regulation, and self-esteem. She assists these youth in learning coping strategies to effectively manage intense emotions as they build a “Life Worth Living.”

David Sturgess, LPC, NCC

David is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor, who has been working with children, adolescents, and families for 7 years in private practice and residential settings, in addition to facilitating trainings in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma Informed Care. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Arts in Community Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. He has participated in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundation Training in Salt Lake City, UT with Cedar Koons, MSW, LISW and Dr. Janice Kuo, PhD through Behavioral Tech. David provides DBT in adolescent groups, as well as in individual and family settings. Additionally, he co-facilitates parent DBT groups and trainings to therapists in the community. David is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Trauma Informed Care.

W. Gaan Akers, LAPC, NCC

Gaan is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Georgia State University and completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. Gaan has been working with children, adolescents, and families for over 10 years in various settings. Prior to joining Hillside, she spent 3 years working in an acute psychiatric care setting where her primary focus was providing therapeutic treatment to children, adolescents, and families.

Gaan’s experience of working with families in acute care setting has given her a deep empathy for parents and care-givers as well as a passion for mental health education and prevention. She is knowledgeable about levels of care in mental health treatment and is passionate about the importance of connecting clients and their families with the most appropriate treatment to meet their needs.

Gaan works with our clients, their families, and other clinicians during the referral and intake process to determine and refer to the appropriate level of care. She co-leads the DBT Skills group for parents and enjoys working with our clinicians to provide mental health education for children and families. She also coordinates workshops and skills training for teachers, school counselors, and outpatient clinicians.

 

Lori Hogeman, LCSW

Lori is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescent and families for 34 years. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She participated in Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training with Behavioral Tech in 2005/2006 and completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training© in 2014. Additionally, Lori has been trained in Level One of Theraplay® and Group Theraplay®.

Lori enjoys working with children, pre-teens, and adolescents struggling with interpersonal relationships, emotion regulation and self-esteem to help them learn coping strategies and skills to effectively manage intense emotions and feelings and to build a Life Worth Living.

As Hillside’s Chief Operations Officer, Lori works side by side with our Medical Director, Dr. Jennifer Gould, MD, to provide clinical oversight and direction for Hillside’s residential campus and outpatient DBT clinic.

 

HILLSIDE DBT SERVICES

Empowering children, adolescents and parents with coping skills for surviving and thriving through the journey into and out of adolescence. We offer comprehensive treatment for kids with depression and anxiety.

INDIVIDUAL/FAMILY PSYCHOTHERAPY

individual/family psychotherapy

DBT Trained therapists will provide individual DBT psychotherapy with the goal of motivating clients to stay in treatment and apply DBT skills to their personal lives.

Our therapists are also experienced in family therapy and can provide family sessions as needed, with the goal of helping families to integrate DBT into their daily lives and interactions with each other.

ADDITIONAL THERAPY SERVICES

additional therapy services

Do you feel like experiences pass you by? Do you feel like many thoughts are swimming in your head while you are trying to have a conversation with someone or pay attention in class? Do you feel like you are moving so fast through your day that you forget to breathe? Do you feel like the emotion you are feeling at any given moment will last for an eternity?

Research has shown that daily mindfulness practice has positive effects on reducing the impact of stress in people’s lives that may be due to work, school, family, grief, feeling out of control anxiety, and depression.

Our therapists have been trained on how to incorporate this into their own daily practice and can assess clients on an individual basis to determine need for utilizing theses strategies within the individual therapy session.

SKILLS GROUP TRAINING

skills group training

In separate groups for youth and parents, DBT Skills Training focuses on helping individuals to develop the coping skills they need to solve their own problems, achieve their desired goals and provide a new way of communication to help both parents and youth find a common ground.

Five skills training modules are taught in DBT:

  • Core mindfulness skills
  • Distress tolerance skills
  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills
  • Middle Path – Skills for Families

THERAPLAY®

Theraplay

Do you feel out of sync with your child? Do you want to connect better with your teen and preteen? Do you want to help your child feel more connected to you? Does your child benefit more from doing rather than talking? Does your child need help with regulating emotions, peer relationships, self-esteem or with developing a sense of who they are?

Theraplay® is an experiential based therapy that can be implemented in a group setting or with the family, depending on where the needs of the child are. This mode of treatment is a therapist directed form of playful engagement that works to enhance one’s sense of self, provide opportunities for shared joy with others, improve affective and emotion regulation and increase attunement with others.

NEWS & EVENTS

DBT Fundamentals I: How to Deal with Pain to Avoid Suffering (November, 2016)

After two successful and sold-out DBT workshops in May and August, we’re happy to offer this DBT Fundamentals part I workshop for the final time. This training explores the fundamentals of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and focuses on the Accept Skills Modules (Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance) as we prepare to launch into DBT Fundamentals part II in 2017. This is the perfect workshop for people who are interested in learning about DBT using real-life examples and role plays. For clinicians, this is a great way to be proactive about Continuing Education (CE) hours for the next two year license renewal cycle.

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CONTACT HILLSIDE DBT

Suite 570 • 3284 Northside Parkway NW • Atlanta, GA 30327
404.816.0303 • Email us at

Hillside prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family status.

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