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    Sam Jones, LMSW: Decatur & Telehealth

    • Bachelor of Social Work, Georgia State University, 2003
    • Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care, Gwinnett Technical College, 2007
    • Master of Social Work, University of Georgia, 2014

    “The most profound personal growth does not happen while reading a book or meditating on a mat. It happens in the throes of conflict—when you are angry, afraid, frustrated. It happens when you are doing the same old thing and you suddenly realize that you have a choice.” –Vironika Tugaleva

    My passion is in helping people identify and make the changes that lead to meaning and fulfillment in their lives. I have been privileged to join with individuals, couples, and families in their darkest hours, as they work to find hope and healing. My philosophy of therapy is person-centered and holistic. I believe that you are the expert on your life, and my role is to provide encouragement, support, and guidance on your journey of growth and change. 

    My primary approach when working with individuals is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as other behavioral treatment approaches that incorporate mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion. This approach is focused on helping you develop a different relationship with the distressing thoughts and feelings that can and do show up as part of being a living human being. My goal is to assist you in figuring out who or what is important to you and empowering you with skills to do what matters to you. 

    My primary approach with couples is based on Emotionally Focused Therapy. My belief is that humans are wired for connection with other human beings, and one of the most important connections is the one we form with our life partners. My goal is to help you communicate your need for connection and support in a way that your partner can both understand and effectively respond to and to help you to understand and respond to your partner’s need in like manner. 

    I enjoy helping adults and couples across the lifespan navigate life transitions, relationship issues and symptoms of stress, anxiety and/or depression. I have 14 years of experience working with individuals and families coping with chronic and/or serious physical illness, initially as respiratory therapist and subsequently as a medical social worker. I am also passionate about the unique mental health challenges that face BIPOC communities. As both an African American and a person living with chronic illness, my expertise in working with these communities is informed by lived experience.   

     

    When I am not working, I enjoy all things that involve good food, friends, family and self-care. I am also the proud co-parent of a teenage English Cocker Spaniel and spend a good deal of time spoiling her. I look forward to learning more about you, what matters to you and traveling with you on your journey of hope and healing.

    Seeing clients in Decatur or via telehealth throughout Georgia