Alexia M. Tanner started her journey into a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at an early age. She always knew she was destined to help people. She worked with the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) for two years and was a personal caretaker for persons with developmental disabilities while completing her undergraduate studies. She finished her undergraduate studies and continued her education at Smith College of Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts.
While at Smith, she expanded her skills at a facility for community mental health with a focus on play therapy and child sexual abuse/trauma in Aurora, CO. She also worked at the Student Counseling Center at Emory University, Atlanta, GA with a focus on adjustment, LGBTQ community, eating disorders, coping skills and development of life goals . Upon graduation with her MSW she moved to Valdosta, GA and began working as an in-home therapist for the Department of Child and Family Services. She also handled court mandated therapy, visitation, custody, domestic violence, trauma and substance related concerns. She left in-home therapy to begin working in private practice as a Clinical Social Worker with a local company in Tifton in 2012. While there she received her licensure and became a LCSW. She also developed skills related to autism spectrum disorders, behavior modification techniques and mindfulness practices related to anxiety and various mood disorders.
Alexia believes that in order to fully support health and wellness, mental health is just one facet of overall wellness. To that end she has begun conducting group therapy sessions, holding educational seminars, selling various products such as essential oils that are all supplemental to her role as a clinician. She hopes in the near future to contract a massage therapist to practice in her office. She also would like to start offering yoga classes highlighting yoga for trauma, PTSD, Anxiety and children.
Her Motto is 'The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with one step' and truly Wholistic Therapeutic Services wants to embody that statement and support our clients through services that can heal both mind and body.
In August, 2017, Wholistic Therapeutic Services welcomed and expanded by adding Jessie Van DeVelde as a secondary therapist. Jessie completed her Marriage and Family Therapist degree from Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA and was awarded her LAMFT license in December, 2017. She has worked with the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization in Tifton as well as completing intensive therapeutic training through her program. Jessie came very highly recommended and has proven to be a great asset for Wholistic Therapeutic Services.
In May, 2018, Wholistic Therapeutic Services welcomed Joanna Byrd, MSW to our practice. Joanna is a graduate of Valdosta State University, where she received her Master’s of Social Work Degree. While completing her degree, she completed an internship at The Airman & Family Readiness Center at Moody Air Force Base where she provided support to families with special needs through the Exceptional Family Member Program. Joanna completed an internship with Wholistic Therapeutic Services as an intern therapist. Through her internships, Joanna worked with a diverse group of clients. Her experience includes working with LGBT+ community, individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence, developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders due to divorce, deployments, and school transitions.
Our office would not be complete without an Administrative Staff. Anita Hogan has joined our staff as our Administrative Assistant. Anita brings a wealth of knowledge and we are very happy to have her as part of our family. We would also like to introduce you to our Operations Manager, Jamie Tanner. An Alumni from Valdosta State University With a Master's in Industrial Psychology and over 15 years of experience in the area of Teaching and Human Resources. Jamie has recently registered with the State of Georgia as a Civil and Domestic Relations (Divorce) Mediator. We are excited that he has agreed to join our team! Jamie has extensive knowledge in Social Media and Business related areas that we utilize daily.
"We look forward to a great future in downtown Tifton. Our company wants to be a source of healing and wellness for Tifton and the surrounding area. I have experience with a wide range of issues covering individuals, couples and families. My extensive background working with DFCS and the local court system has given me a great connection to the community. I have extensive knowledge in dealing with a wide array of mental health. I look forward to helping people successfully learn to cope with their life circumstances. Please contact us if we can assist you on your journey or begin your journey with that singular step." - Alexia M. Tanner, LCSW
Alexia M. Tanner
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