About Rita G. Grayson, LCSW, RPT-S

Just as every client is unique, every therapist brings his or her unique personality and approach to the therapy process. A good “fit” between client and therapist is essential for a successful outcome.  Here is a bit of my personal background, practice philosophy and style to help you get to know me better.

I am a Clinical Social Worker, licensed to provide mental health services in the state of Georgia.  I am also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor which means I have studied and practiced play therapy at a level that I can now teach and supervise other play therapists.  I have been in private practice since 2000. Prior to practicing independently, I worked as an outpatient therapist for a busy HMO and provided crisis intervention counseling and case management services for two local psychiatric hospitals. I received my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia in 1997.

Before becoming a Social Worker, I spent 20 years as a business woman. I worked in Retail Management, Information Systems Management, and as an Information Systems Consultant. I received my Master of Business Administration degree in 1983 from the State University of New York at Albany. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology.

I have two children who have grown into successful, independent young adults.

While the above are accomplishments of which I am very proud (particularly the parent part), they don’t really tell you anything about my style as a therapist. Here are some qualities you can expect if you choose to work with me:

  • I have lots of energy. Don’t expect me to just sit and listen. Expect me to challenge you to set goals, make plans, do homework, in short, to change!
  • I prefer clarity. I will work hard to clarify and simplify things. I believe it’s much easier to work on several clear, simple problems than one big mess.
  • I love to see results. Expect me to push you toward your goals. While it is often bittersweet to say good bye, ending therapy is the goal from the very first session.
  • I love to laugh. I have a good sense of humor and use it whenever I can. I do not believe therapy has to be serious all the time.
  • I wholly believe you are the expert when it comes to your life. Therefore, I will never tell you what to do. However I will help you clarify your options and evaluate the pros and cons of each. This is how I help you make positive decisions about your life.
  • I have a pretty tough skin. If your therapy is not meeting your expectations, you can tell me. If I can modify my approach to suit your needs I will. If I am just not the right “fit” for you, I’ll help you find someone else.

I am dedicated to improving my skill as a therapist and learning new techniques for healing.  View the Continuing Education workshops I have attended.