Themes in My Work
I specialize in work with bad ass, boss women and non-binary folks who seek to change the world and feel whole while doing it. A lot of the time, my clients also explore concerns related to substance use, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, relationships, parenting, and contending with all the -isms they encounter in their professional and personal spheres.
Trauma: I take a trauma and identity-informed approach using evidenced-based treatments like Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). I work particularly well with complex PTSD for folks who have encountered multiple, layered, and intertwined traumas across their life. I work to help clients build upon their internal resilience and strengths to harness some of the power that can come from developing a rooted relationship with one's self and trauma.
Identity + Culture: I believe that every client exits in a world informed by their experience and history. I take a culturally-informed and intersectional approach to my work that celebrates each individual's complex sense of self. I work in a conscientious way with people have experienced stress, discrimination, and trauma related to their cultural, racial/ethnic, gender, sexual, and or religious identity.
Overall Approach: I strive to create a warm, creative therapy space that helps folks cope with the challenge and beauty of pursuing a life worth living in a targeted, solutions-focused way with plenty of space for geeking out, laughter, and joy.
Dr. Janelle S. Peifer
Founder + Lead Psychologist
I founded Center for Inclusive Therapy + Wellness to create a team committed to mental wellness for all. I am a licensed clinical psychologist, researcher, and assistant professor. I work alongside clients as they navigate the winding paths of their lives.
I specialize in work with high-achieving, boss, change-making women and non-binary folks at the top of their fields. I work well with people for whom success is just the tip of the iceberg--those who want to feel the life they're living and bask in it. I enjoy exploring clients' unique, dynamic, and evolving identities and especially love working with Black and other women of color.
As a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT), I believe in low-barrier, solution-focused therapy rooted in evidence-based, relational practices.
I am licensed for teletherapy in 23 states: AZ, AL, CO, DE, DC, GA, IL, KY, MD, MO, MN, MS, NE, NV, NH, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, + VA.
Nuts + Bolts
Finances: Self-Pay/Out of Network
Client Type: Individuals - Couples
Scheduling Notes: Weekdays, Teletherapy
Background + Training
Licensed Psychologist in Georgia + Virginia
Providing Therapy in 23+ States
University of Richmond - Currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology
Emory University - Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Psychology
University of Virginia - PhD, Clinical and School Psychology
Vanderbilt University and VA - Predoctoral Clinical Internship
Wake Forest University - BA, Psychology