Ingrid Peper, L.C.S.W.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are times in life when we all feel stagnant, stuck, confused and even hopeless. Sometimes events in our lives can leave such a detrimental impact that it feels impossible to escape the past, the hurt, and to move forward. Yet, the truth is that it is possible to move forward, make changes, and to claim the life that is waiting for us, waiting in our hearts.
I am Ingrid Peper, a licensed clinical social worker, and I am here to assist you in discovering and deciphering the confusion, issues and pain that are preventing you from obtaining peace and positive change in your life. As an LCSW, I approach each client by meeting them “where they are,” whether that client is age 9 or 90. More than half of my therapeutic work in the past ten years has been with adults (particularly issues of depression, anxiety, trauma and low self-esteem), and I am skilled in motivational interviewing, CBT and DBT techniques, solution-focused therapy and strength-based techniques. In the past two years I have developed a keen interest in providing services to children and adolescents, particularly through incorporating play therapy. I have seen how play therapy can be very successful in helping children, adolescents and parents to express their thoughts and emotions, ultimately developing real coping mechanisms and behavior changes in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, anger and ADHD. I am presently pursuing certification as a registered play therapist and expect to have this accomplished before the end of 2018.
I began my career as a social worker and therapist approximately ten years ago after obtaining a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia. My Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Berry College was secured many years prior, and I briefly worked in inpatient psychiatry following graduation. Life took me in a different direction, and I worked in public accounting and healthcare management for twelve years. In 2004 I decided to pursue more meaningful work and since 2008, when I obtained my MSW, I have been providing mental health and social services in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including family counseling in the home (through the Department of Family and Children services), adult inpatient mental health facilities, a children’s hospital (inpatient general pediatrics and outpatient for children with special needs), and acute rehab services for adults recovering from major illnesses. I conducted weekly group therapy sessions incorporating DBT and CBT techniques, anxiety reducing methods, anger management skills, and support groups for parents with children whom have special needs. I love what I do and I have learned so much from all of the wonderful clients and patients I have met.
I truly look forward for the chance to learn your stories and engage in thoughtful discussion on how I can assist you and/or your children in addressing the issues you are struggling with. We all learn from each other, and to re-interpret Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote, what lies within each of us is more powerful than our history, the fear of change, and the internal walls built to protect but now ensnare us.