Today we’d like to introduce you to Lana Holmes, Psy.D., LCP.
Hi Lana, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a licensed clinical psychologist based in the metro Atlanta area. Currently, I am licensed to practice therapy and teletherapy within GA. Furthermore, I am licensed to practice teletherapy (via PsyPact) in the following states: AZ, AL, CO, DE, DC, IL, MD, MO, NE, NV, NH, NC, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, + VA. My clinical work focuses on co-facilitating healing for people who are marginalized, oppressed, stigmatized, and victimized.
However, my journey towards this career field began in early childhood. Specifically, I have always held an interest in making a positive impact on the world and helping to ameliorate the suffering and adversity that we all face as people. Moreover, I was interested in demystifying the human experience. And for me, clinical psychology offered the greatest opportunity to fulfill the aforementioned desires.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The pathway towards licensure and building a career has not been easy. Overall, the educational and licensure requirements to practice clinical psychology are rigorous, time-intensive, and expensive. Consequently, there were times when I felt stressed, overwhelmed, and uncertain. Ultimately, what got me through this was the support of my loved ones, peers and supervisors that believed in me, and the determination to do clinical work that I felt passionate about.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I primarily provide individual therapy to adults, as well as some relationship therapy. My areas of clinical interest and expertise include: the intersection between mental health and spirituality, issues pertaining to bdsm/poly/kink and sex positivity, issues pertaining to BIPOC individuals, issues pertaining to LGBTQIA2S+ folx, trauma across the lifespan, life transitions, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and bipolar and related disorders.
Alternatively, my overall approach to therapy is eclectic. Specifically, I apply evidence-based treatment in a manner that is tailored to the needs and concerns of the individuals who participate in therapy. Some of the theoretical orientations/treatment models that I often utilize, include: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Prolonged-Exposure Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy.
Finally, I’m a big nerd with wide-ranging interests such as art, music, literature, etc. So I am not above using a pop culture reference to illustrate a clinical point.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
My piece of advice for people in the process of or interested in becoming a licensed clinical psychologist is to be yourself. So often, we as clinicians can receive implicit or explicit messages that we have to fit into a rigid idea of what a mental health practitioner looks like and how they present themselves. And while yes, clinicians must adhere to ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice, that doesn’t mean that we have to be automatons or follow a formula. Allowing ourselves to be genuine in a way that is appropriate for treatment can help create a therapeutic space that is warm and inclusive.
- Intake Appointment – $185.00
- Individual Therapy – $180.00
- Couples/Relationship Therapy – $195.00
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- Website: https://www.inclusivetherapywellness.com/lana
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Lana Holmes, Psy.D., LCP Onward + Outward Center for Inclusive Therapy + Wellness Vernée Anthony, Psy.D.