Brad Hieger, Ph.D.
If you’re going to place trust in your counselor it only seems fair that you have some basis for making that decision by knowing something about that person. I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University and my M.A. at Ball State University with a double major in Counseling and Social Psychology. My undergraduate studies were in Psychology at Adelphi University. I love what I do and am grateful to continue my work as a psychologist in the greater Metro Atlanta area. My approach to work and life is threefold:
(1) If it’s worth doing something, it’s worth doing right;
(2) If I’m going to spend my time working, it may as well be doing things I really enjoy; and
(3) The ability to teach others is valuable, but the humility to learn from others is worth much more.
By nature I’m a curious person who is driven by learning and translating that learning into helping others in a number of ways. One of the ways I do this is through teaching. In addition to my private practice I stay active teaching master’s and doctoral students at Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia; I have also taught at Kennesaw State University, The Pennsylvania State University, Illinois State University, DeVry University, and Shorter College.
My main helping effort is through counseling, operating primarily from a solution-focused, strengths-based approach that helps to identify and move beyond life's stuck points. As appropriate I also tend to weave in elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, an empirically supported model that will empower you to become aware of and change your negative thoughts. The other approach that informs the work is existential therapy, a perspective that addresses the largest of life's questions about meaning, responsibility, isolation, and life and death.
For the past 20 years my clinical positions have been in private practices, college counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals, drug and alcohol centers, career counseling centers, and community mental health centers. I've listened to people’s stories, entered their lives, and have made a genuine effort to reward their trust in me by providing the very best help and efforts I can offer. I would like to do the same for you.