About Me

Kerri Golding Oransky, LCSW
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Therapist
404 849-6586
Fax 404 921-9612

kerri@georgiatherapy.org

I’m not sure whether it was nature (my mom is a therapist) or nurture (growing up, I was always the friend that people would confide in) but I’m pretty sure I was destined to be a therapist. I’ve been told that I’m easy to talk to, that I’m warm and approachable, and that I’m “real”. At the same time, I’m not afraid to call out my clients if I notice that they are engaging in unhealthy patterns or behaviors (in a gentle way of course). My clients tell me they appreciate this about me, as they don’t just want someone who simply listens and nods. I try to use humor in sessions as well- I believe there is a place for both laughter and tears in sessions.

I’ve been practicing as a therapist for over twenty years and am licensed in both Florida and Georgia.  I’ve got a Bachelors in Psychology from University of Florida (Go Gators!) and a Masters in Social Work from Florida International University. When I first entered the field, I worked with victims of domestic violence and later, the perpetrators of domestic violence. I went on to work at a residential substance abuse facility. While I was treating these adults I learned pretty quickly that most of them had experienced pain and trauma as children that had never been addressed which greatly influenced many of the choices they made as adults. It was then that I decided I wanted to work with children, hoping that I would have a chance to help children heal when the wounds occurred. I continue to work with adults as well, but refer my couples out to professionals who specialize in couples counseling.

I enjoy helping those with ADHD, self-esteem issues, anxiety,  depression, and divorce adjustment.   Having struggled myself,  I have a special interest in helping those experiencing fertility challenges.   I have authored two books, “How Zac Got his Z’s: A Guide to Getting Rid of Nightmares” and most recently,  “Don’t Be Your Own Bully: A Guide to Recognizing and Defeating the Self-esteem Stealers That Live in Our Heads”.   I use a variety of different approaches including play modalities, creative arts therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused treatment, traditional talk therapy and for those who feel stuck or have unresolved trauma, a brain-body technique known as brainspotting.

When I moved to Atlanta in 2002, I began working as a therapist at Inner Harbour, an intensive residential psychiatric facility for troubled children. I worked with pre-adolescent boys in individual, group and family settings. While at Inner Harbour, I became certified as a lead facilitator in Equine Therapy (animal-assisted therapy utilizing horses) as well as a Lead Facilitator in Ropes Course.

In 2004, I joined Sweetwater Psychological Associates, a private practice in Lithia Springs and Marietta. While at Sweetwater, I received extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults and children. I routinely coordinated with physicians and schools to determine the most appropriate interventions.

In late 2005, I started my own private practice and had offices at a variety of different locations, most recently in the Poncey-Highlands area of intown Atlanta.

In 2016, I moved my office and joined the team at Peachtree Art Therapy and Counseling, LLC.  This new space offers the ability to incorporate more art into my sessions, something I’m really excited about doing! Additionally, there is a yoga studio and group room and I am excited about offering these services as well.