– Traditional psychotherapy from an integrative perspective of cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and humanistic models. Dr. Moore works with individuals across a diverse range of emotional issues including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, adjustment to new motherhood, and relationship issues.
– Individual therapy for individuals living with chronic illness. Work on processing feelings about a life that has changed due to chronic illness and/or pain. How to let go of what was and begin to adapt to what is.
– Individual therapy for individuals wishing to maintain their recovery from an eating disorder as they continue to grow in health and gain understanding about the patterns in their lives that mimic the patterns in their relationship with food.
– Skills Therapy for new mothers and/or parents. Parenthood not what you thought? It never is! Adjusting to the ever-changing roles of parenthood. Infants are welcome to attend with their mothers and/or parents.
– Transitional support for those who need a gluten free diet and lifestyle.
Birds Fly. Fish Swim. Children Play.
What is play therapy?
Play is the natural language of childhood. Children use play to do the important work of learning about themselves and their relationships. They begin to understand the world around them through play. Play therapy allows them to choose therapeutic toys that symbolically represent their reality to develop mastery in skills and situations. They are able to access and express difficult to reach emotions without struggling for the appropriate words. Play therapy meets children at their developmental level so they can express feelings, solve problems, learn new behaviors, and regulate their brain.
Why would my child benefit from play therapy?
The simplest answer is because children play to understand and communicate their needs. Therapists refer to this state of inner joy as flow (Hallowell, 2002). Therefore, it makes sense that an effective, respectful, and less intimidating way to counsel a child is to communicate in their language. The toys are the child’s words. Have you ever talked with a child who is sad, mad, frustrated and yet they can’t explain why? Play therapy allows them to express feelings without feeling pressured to use words they don’t understand. Though children may lack cognitive skills for self-expression, they are fluent in the language of play. Even older children enjoy the emotional distance by choosing toys to express themselves. Play therapy can help children in many ways:
- Practice expressing emotions
- Practice empathy and respect for others
- Learn social skills and build strong relationships with family and friends
- Develop a sense of feeling capable and self-efficacy
- Develop connection and sense of belonging to the environment
- Practice cooperation
- Cultivate social learning skills and ways to impact others for the good
- Practice responsibility for behaviors
- Develop problem solving strategies
- Practice new solutions to old problems
It can be effective to help children deal with death, anxiety, divorce, stress, abuse, depression, learning challenges, natural disasters, and chronic illness.
How does the counselor structure play therapy?
It is important that children are engaged in a consistent and predictable environment. Every session will be structured with toys representing different categories to encourage self-expression and gain insight. The toys introduce new ways of seeing challenges and rehearsing new behaviors.
How do I know what happens in play therapy?
Parent consultation is a valuable part of the play therapy process. Families are important to a child healing. Often, the entire family becomes distressed when one member is experiencing difficulties. I will communicate regularly with parents and provide strategies for home to support the new skills learned in sessions. I may involve the parents by teaching specific play therapy techniques. These techniques are referred to as Filial Therapy and offer a fun way to engage each other in the family.
What ages is play therapy appropriate for and how long does it take?
Play techniques work best with children ages 3-10. The sessions will last about 50 minutes and be held weekly. Research shows that it takes an average of 20 sessions to resolve the problems presenting (Landreth, 2002). Of course, every child is unique and some problems may take longer to resolve.
~ Free FED Weekly Support Group ~
(Friends and Family of those with Eating Disorders)
What is FED?
FED (Friends and Family of those with Eating Disorders) is a support group designed to provide education, resources, and emotional support to those in relationships with people diagnosed with or exhibiting signs of anorexia, bulimia, and/or binge eating. The group is appropriate for loved ones and support people of those at any stage of an eating disorder…even if there are only early warning signs. Two seasoned clinicians and past eating disorder program directors with over 20 years of experience in this specialty will facilitate this FREE community support group.
– What is an eating disorder and what makes people prone to them?
– How to tell the difference between disordered eating/preoccupation with body image vs. more serious issues.
– How to address concerns about eating disorders with you loved one.
– How to more effectively communicate about the disordered behavior.
– What is the difference between support and enabling?
– What to say and do/not to say and do when supporting someone with an eating disorder.
– How to set appropriate boundaries.
– How do I stay sane and healthy when a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder?
– How/when to get help… Next steps.
– How to find additional resources in the community.
– And more…
Ephrat L. Lipton, LCSW and Anne Moore, PsyD are psychotherapists specializing in eating disorders for the past 20 years. They are both former program directors of eating disorder treatment facilities and work collaboratively with psychiatrists, physicians, dietitians, and other therapists in the community as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team. Dr. Anne Moore has recently published her book, Living Joyfully In Our Bodies, offering an innovative way for all people to learn how to live in, appreciate, and treat our bodies with respect.
The group meets every Friday at 12:30.
Please call to confirm (and/or ask any questions) before attending:
Ephrat L. Lipton – (404) 202-0932 or Dr. Anne Moore – (404) 277-7992
~ Meal and Eating Disorder Recovery Process Group ~
The purpose of this group is twofold. The first half of the group is focused on the enjoyment of an appropriate meal in the company of others and to practice healthy meal strategies for recovery from an eating disorder. Participants are required to bring, and eat, an appropriate meal. Meals should be from a variety of food groups and contain appropriate amounts of fat and calories for the individual – no diet foods or diet drinks. All meals must be prepared before group. A microwave will be available for warming food. Appropriate healthy meal rituals will be put into place as an opportunity to practice a healthy relationship with food rather than eating disorder behaviors.
Following the meal, there will be a group that focuses on recovery issues such as body acceptance, emotion regulation, and skills for practicing recovery in everyday living.
The group will begin February 23, 2016, and will meet from 5:30 until 7:30 on Tuesday evenings. Group fee is $125.00 per 2 hour weekly session.
For more details, contact Dr. Anne Moore at (404) 277-7992.
~ Interpersonal Group for Adolescents : Be You. Beautiful You.~
Interpersonal Group provides adolescents a safe place to talk, listen, and grow together. The Group centers around interpersonal topics affecting young people and is personally facilitated by Anne Moore, Psy.D. Dr. Anne Moore has practiced clinical psychology since 1996, and began her private practice, Atlanta Center for Positive Change, in 2008.
Beginning February 25, 2016, this group will meet every Thursday from 4:15 until 5:30. There is a weekly group fee of $75.00.
Please contact Anne with any questions at (404) 277-7992.
~ Brave Girls Thriving In Girl World ~
This group is for girls who would like to develop meaningful friendships and discover the common ground they share in their experiences. We will explore topics such as stress, bullying/cyber bullying, and self-awareness. The group will discuss the challenges that present themselves in friendships and reinforce deep connections in an encouraging environment. We will learn how to maintain a sense of belonging in often intense social situations without compromising ourselves. The group will be led in conversations and art activities to allow deep self expression in discovering a personal truth. There is an emphasis on building strong interpersonal skills that will fuel all relationships in healthier ways. We will specifically work on increasing self esteem, establishing personal boundaries, and communicating with empathy and assertiveness.
The group will meet for six one-hour sessions at the Atlanta Center for Positive Change. The cost for the six weeks is $120.00.
Please contact Karen Kallis at 404-423-1087 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
~ Positive Parenting ~
Children are precious. However, sometimes their behavior is not! Positive Parenting is based on the ideas and concepts of Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson. It is a research-based program that gives parents the tools to enjoy their relationships with their children. This workshop engages parents in meaningful discussions and exercises that inspire deeper understanding of the parent-child relationship. Our meetings will teach parents how to experience real joy in those relationships. We will focus on building your child’s sense of self-worth, capabilities, and the power to choose behavior. We will expose the goals of misbehavior and learn ways to remain respectful and encouraging as we promote change. We will discuss how to stage an environment of mutual respect, cooperation, kindness, and firmness. Our discussions will alter our view of mistakes and embrace them as the best learning opportunities. We will also learn from each other’s mistakes as we share our stories of parenting struggles and work together to practice new ways to overcome old problems. The group will focus on building these skills through our discussions and exercises:
- Diffuse power struggles
- Bridge communication gaps
- Use encouragement as a way to teach self-motivation
- Enforce your message of love
- Build on strengths not weaknesses
- Hold children accountable respectfully
- Teach children how to think for themselves
- Win cooperation
Please contact Karen Kallis at email@example.com or at 404-423-1087 to learn more about hosting a group or workshop.
– Using family therapy as a tool to identify and establish strengths within the family system and empower parents as they negotiate their way as leaders in the family.
– Transitional support for those who need a gluten free diet and lifestyle.
This is about far more than fitness and nutrition. Wellness Therapy is more of an integrative health approach to living fully in your body and reclaiming your health in the midst of chronic illness or pain. Additionally there is an emphasis on body responsibility to examine patterns around fitness, health, nutrition, skills for grocery shopping, food prep, and meal planning. It is about learning to live in your body and take direct responsibility for your health as well as your health care. Recognize the best ways to present yourself in the world with a positive and polished style.
~ Enneagram Consulting ~
The Enneagram is an easy to learn yet comprehensive tool for understanding your unique personality. It describes 9 distinct patterns of attitudes and behaviors, nine different world views, and reveals the reasons why people think and behave in the ways that they do. The Enneagram is a tool, yet it can provide us with wisdom needed to make good choices in our lives and the objectivity to see the truth about ourselves. These are no small matters, for they allow us to accept the gift of Grace which can transform our lives.
~ Soulstice Series Retreats ~
Health, Wellness, & Spirituality
Next Retreat: To Be Announced
This is a workshop designed to carve out space and time from our busy schedules to listen to ourselves and others as we struggle to hear and discern what it is we do best and what we may need to be doing next in our lives. The morning portion of the retreat begins with Enneagram consulting. Afterward, there will be a discussion on thriving in our physical bodies. Then, we will break for a meal demonstration and lunch. This will be followed by quiet spiritual contemplation and artistic expression culminating in what we claim for ourselves and our direction in the world. The belief is that by structuring our time to listen to ourselves we may hear something that we want to do for others and that recovering one’s soul is about one’s experience in community and how we choose to participate in that community. By carving out time for ourselves we create a space to not only rejuvenate ourselves but to give to others in the process. The goal is to nourish our souls from a physical, emotional, and spiritual place that is individualized for each participant and respected by all as we recognize the different and equally legitimate characteristics each body and soul requires to thrive.
Feedback from previous retreat participants:
“The energy that Anne and Nan brought was intoxicating!”
“I am awed by the amount of planning, detail, and care you invested in the experience.”
“Food was delicious!”
“The day was fun, interesting, informative, and nourishing. Nan and Anne were knowledgeable and engaging.”
“Y’all did a great job. It was welcoming, safe, and special.”
“The sharing among the participants. Your allowing us to share and our voices to be heard was very powerful.”
March 23, 2013