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Meet Our Outpatient Professionals

As long standing experts in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in the Southeast, Hillside therapists have the experience and expertise to provide DBT that is strictly adherent to the principals of this highly sought after and proven therapy.

Katie Alioto, LCSW

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescents and families for 7 years. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia in 2008. She participated in Core Clinical training and Case-Based clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Shari Manning of Treatment Implementation Collaborative and formerly with Behavioral Tech, run by the creator of DBT, Marsha Linehan.

Recently she also completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training in 2014. Katie provides DBT in the group, individual and family setting and has led adolescent skills groups for 5 years. Katie is also a Level One Theraplay practitioner and has been practicing Theraplay in groups, individual and family therapy for three years. Katie enjoys working with pre-teens, adolescents and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, PTSD and interpersonal difficulties.

Christina Fiddes, LCSW

Christina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescents and families for 16 years. Christina completed her undergraduate studies in 1999 and returned to school at the University of Georgia to receive her Masters of Social Work in 2010. She intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Charlie Swenson and Shireen Rizvi of Behavioral Tech, run by the creator of DBT, Marsha Linehan.

Recently she also completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training in 2014. She provides DBT in the group, individual and family setting and has led adolescent and multi-family skills group for 6 years. Christina is also the first certified Theraplay Therapist in the state of Georgia and has been practicing Theraplay in groups, individual and family therapy for three years. She enjoys working with preteens, adolescents and young adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-injurious behaviors, interpersonal relationships, emotion regulation, self-esteem and family conflict.

Lianne Stevenson, LCSW

Lianne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s of Social Work in 1990 from Saint Mary’s College and completed her Master’s of Social Work at Florida State University in 1993). Lianne has over 20 years of experience providing therapy and coaching to adolescents and their families in out-patient, in-home and in-patient settings. She joined Hillside in 2005, was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Behavior Tech and assisted in implementing the DBT program into the Hillside milieu. Lianne also completed the Advanced Intensive Training with Marsha Linehan in 2008.

Since then, she has been an individual DBT therapist and adolescent and parent DBT skills group leader. Recently she also completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training in 2014. Additionally Lianne has been trained in Level One and Two of Theraplay and Group Theraplay. Lianne enjoys working with adolescents who are experiencing difficulty managing intense emotions and helping them and their families learn skills and strategies to more effectively cope and build a life worth living. Her direct approach balances acceptance of where you are with the need for change.

Allyse Fischer-Mullins, LCSW

Allyse is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescent and families for 4 years. She received her Bachelor’s of Psychology and Spanish at Georgia Southern University and her Masters of Social Work at Kennesaw State University. She intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Shari Manning, PhD of Treatment Implementation Collaborative.

She provides DBT in the group, individual and family settings and has led adolescent and family skills groups. Allyse has been trained in Level One Theraplay and Group Theraplay, as well. She has been practicing Theraplay in groups, individual and family therapy.

Allyse enjoys working with children, pre-teens, and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, PTSD and interpersonal difficulties.

Elizabeth Lopez, LCSW

Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescents, and families for 6 years. She received her Bachelor’s of Science and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia. She intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with Cedar Koons, LISW and Janice Kuo, Ph.D. of Behavioral Tech, run by the creator of DBT, Marsha Linehan.

Elizabeth provides DBT in the group, individual and family settings and has led adolescent and family skills groups. She has been trained in Level One and Two of Theraplay and Group Theraplay, as well. She has been practicing Theraplay in groups, individual and family therapy for 4 years.

Elizabeth enjoys working with children, pre-teens, and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, PTSD and interpersonal difficulties.

Dr. Kimberly Vay, EdD, LPC

There are currently 138 DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™ worldwide and our own clinician, Dr. Kimberly Vay, Ed.D, LPC has earned her place among this elite group of clinicians

Kimberly is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working with children, adolescents, and families for 11 years.

She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Education at Edinboro University in PA, Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling at Argosy University, and her Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. She received Core Clinical training and Case-Based clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Shari Manning of Treatment Implementation Collaborative and formerly with Behavioral Tech. Additionally, she completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training in 2014.

She provides DBT in the group, individual, and family settings, in addition to leading adolescent and family skills groups. Kimberly also facilitates DBT groups for parents and guardians. She has been trained in Level One and Two of Theraplay and Group Theraplay, and practices Theraplay in group, individual, and family therapy.

Kimberly enjoys working with children, pre-teens, and adolescents who struggle with interpersonal relationships, emotion regulation, and self-esteem. She assists these youth in learning coping strategies to effectively manage intense emotions as they build a “Life Worth Living.”

David Sturgess, LPC, NCC

David is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor, who has been working with children, adolescents, and families for 7 years in private practice and residential settings, in addition to facilitating trainings in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma Informed Care. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Arts in Community Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta.

He has participated in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundation Training in Salt Lake City, UT with Cedar Koons, MSW, LISW and Dr. Janice Kuo, PhD through Behavioral Tech. David provides DBT in adolescent groups, as well as in individual and family settings. Additionally, he co-facilitates parent DBT groups and trainings to therapists in the community. David is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Trauma Informed Care.

W. Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC

Gaan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Georgia State University and completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University. Gaan has been working with children, adolescents, and families for over 10 years in various settings. Prior to joining Hillside, she spent 3 years working in an acute psychiatric care setting where her primary focus was providing therapeutic treatment to children, adolescents, and families.

Gaan’s experience of working with families in acute care setting has given her a deep empathy for parents and care-givers as well as a passion for mental health education and prevention. She is knowledgeable about levels of care in mental health treatment and is passionate about the importance of connecting clients and their families with the most appropriate treatment to meet their needs.

Gaan works with our clients, their families, and other clinicians during the referral and intake process to determine and refer to the appropriate level of care. She co-leads the DBT Skills group for parents and enjoys working with our clinicians to provide mental health education for children and families. She also coordinates workshops and skills training for teachers, school counselors, and outpatient clinicians.

Lori Hogeman, LCSW

Lori is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescent, and families for 34 years. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She participated in Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training with Behavioral Tech in 2005/2006 and completed Advanced Case Based DBT Training in 2014. Additionally, Lori has been trained in Level One of Theraplay and Group Theraplay.

Lori enjoys working with children, pre-teens, and adolescents struggling with interpersonal relationships, emotion regulation and self-esteem to help them learn coping strategies and skills to effectively manage intense emotions and feelings and to build a Life Worth Living.

As Hillside’s Vice President of Clinical Services, Lori works side by side with our Medical Director, Dr. Adam Silberman, MD, to provide clinical oversight and direction for Hillside’s residential campus and outpatient DBT clinic.

 

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