Debbie Granovsky LCSW
Individual, Couples, and
Group Therapy

1845 Peeler Road
Suite C
Dunwoody, GA 30338

© 2017 Debbie Granovsky

How do I work?

I focus on the relationship between the client and me. One of my priorities is that over time, the client feels safe with me. Trust takes time to develop. (It’s normal to feel nervous coming to therapy, especially during the first session.) I invite people to share with me if and when they feel uncomfortable for any reason at any time. I welcome feedback from my clients about what's going well, and what, if anything, does not seem to be helping. We are a team and our work depends on both of us being honest with each other.

My style is as an active and interactive participant in the therapy process. Some therapists listen, nod, and don’t say much at all. I believe that my honest feedback is important. Some of my roles include listening, providing support and encouragement, asking thought-provoking questions, teaching the client how to stand up for him/herself, and pointing out any behaviors that may not be helpful to the client. One question I like to ask clients is: “What do you want or need from me?”

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: All therapists ask questions. It’s OK to not know the answers. However, if you want to understand yourself better, it helps to be curious. Increasing self-awareness is one of the goals of therapy. The better you know yourself, the more successful your relationships tend to be and the more open doors you will find.

When is therapy appropriate?

If you have no one to talk to because you don't have a close friend, or you don't feel comfortable leaning on the friends you do have, I can be your safe person.

Some people turn to therapy when they are in a crisis ... "Oh my god,...I just got fired," or "I just found out my husband is having an affair," or "My parent/best friend died," or "I’m dealing with a serious medical illness;" or "I'm overwhelmed: my husband was laid off, we have financial stress, my boss is overbearing, and my kid is driving me nuts." The goal of therapy during these times is crisis stabilization and developing a plan to deal with stress, including identifying coping skills. What do you do to cope with life's stresses?

Sometimes people turn to therapy when they are interested in growth. They want to understand themselves better and make meaningful changes. They might notice some patterns of behavior and be curious about why they repeat these behaviors. There is not a quick fix. This is about dealing with chronic problems: "Why do I keep picking the wrong guys?", "Why do I always care about what everyone else thinks?", "How can I deal with my anger better?"

Whether you are in need of crisis stabilization or are looking for increased self-awareness and a desire to make lasting changes, I can help.

How long does therapy last?

The duration of therapy depends on the client's individual goals. Some objectives can be met in short-term therapy , which might be five to eight sessions. Some people like to continue to learn and grow, and are interested in ongoing therapy. You decide how long therapy lasts. Each treatment plan is as unique as the individual who seeks out therapy.

For more information or to schedule an initial appointment e-mail Debbie or call 404-275-9658.