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Dorothy Buckner, M.Ed., LMFT

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Having been in private practice for nearly thirty years, I know how complex families are.  We live in rapidly changing times when many stressors make relationships difficult.  My goal is to help people enhance their emotional intelligence.  I believe that each individual has the power to become the architect of his or her own life and that healthy interaction with partners and family members leads to the greatest satisfaction to be found in life.  With four grown children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from a few months to college age, I also bring a wealth of personal experience in family life to my practice.

I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and later I earned a graduate degree from Georgia State University.  My clinical experience includes working with adjudicated adolescents and their families, five years in the Georgia mental health system, and training and supervision with Augustus Napier, Ph.D.  I became a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in 1980.

I have been an active member of the Georgia division of AAMFT in various capacities.  These include participating in legislative affairs and the long struggle to gain state licensure for marriage and family therapists, chairing conferences, serving as President and representing the Georgia division to the national organization.  As an AAMFT-approved supervisor I have trained many future therapists as well as taught courses in both marriage and family and supervision for UGA.

For several years I was registered in Georgia as a domestic mediator.  I have been a contributor of cases to “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” a long-standing feature in Ladies Home Journal, and for several years I wrote feature articles on mental health issues for my north Georgia community newspaper.       

In addition to working with a variety of employee assistance programs since the early ‘80s, I am a provider for major insurance companies who offer mental health coverage.   

There is no magic to psychotherapy!  It can help in both the prevention and treatment of problems in living throughout all the transitions of life.  Exploring options with an objective outside party can help in setting realistic goals and acquiring better coping and problem solving skills.  Every individual, every family is unique.  And so are the solutions to their challenges.