Sharon R Peterson, LCSW, CEDS

is a licensed clinical social worker in Georgia.

 

As a trained clinical social worker in the mental health field, Sharon R Peterson, LCSW, CEDS,  works with children ages four and up, tweens, teens, adults, and families in a private practice mental health setting, located in the the greater Atlanta area.

My job is to: assess and diagnose the problem, educate you about your diagnosis, connect you to other resources if necessary, and to help increase your sense of well-being.  Through ongoing communication and therapeutic techniques (learning new skills) I can help you change your behavior,  improve your overall mental health, and improve communication between you and your family, school and environment.

I have been an outpatient therapist providing individual, family, and group therapy since 1995.  I have worked for numerous community mental health agencies and school systems in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Maryland. My first post graduate job was at a community mental health agency in rural Tennessee followed by joining the clinical staff at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, Maryland.

I also worked at ALANA Recovery, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Kennesaw, GA for adults who are battling from an addiction problem.  I ran groups for parents and family and also had my own caseload at ALANA Recovery.

Currently, I am in private practice in the greater Atlanta area of Sandy Springs.

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My Education

A native of Atlanta, I attended Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Riverwood High School, and The New School.

(1993) Kennesaw State University -BS degree focusing on psychology and criminal justice.

(1995) University of Kentucky – Master’s in Social Work (MSW).

Professional Accomplishments & Affiliations:

I have served on the Steering Committee of PFLAG-Baltimore County. I’ve always been a loyal advocate speaking out against bullying due to size, race, religion, nationality, or sexuality.

I have also served as a faculty member at The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training & Education, Inc (IAPTE) for many years while living in Baltimore and taught CEU classes for professionals about eating disorders, families in crisis, parenting, and other mental health issues.

I have completed my requirements to become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Specialists (iaedp), a symbol of professional excellence in the field of eating disorders treatment.

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In June of 2007 I founded and I’m currently an active board member for: Eating Disorder Network of Maryland (EDN Maryland), a community-based nonprofit made up of professionals, parents & family volunteers who are dedicated to spreading eating disorder awareness and education throughout Maryland.  EDN Maryland is a member of the NEDA Network, a part of the National Eating Disorder Association.

Active Memberships:

  • Georgia Society for Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW)
  • Georgia PLA
  • Metro Atlanta Therapists’ Network, Inc (MATN)
  • Atlanta Eating Disorder Coalition
  • Atlanta iaedp chapter (iaedpatlanta)
  • The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
  • The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)