Janelle S. Peifer

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I believe in therapy situated within a clear, warm space that sparks exploration. I believe in therapy that is collaborative and challenging. I believe in therapy that honors the complexities of our human identities and experiences. I believe in therapy.


I am a licensed clinical psychologist, assistant professor, and researcher committed to working alongside a vast diversity of clients as they navigate their lives. While I have significant experience working with an array of child, adult, and adolescent clients, I focus on providing therapy to people who have experienced trauma, young adults navigating their emerging identities, and couples and families processing life transitions. I have worked in schools, hospitals, college counseling centers, veteran's affairs administrations, and community mental health clinics and believe in low-barrier, solutions-focused therapy rooted in evidence-based practices. Read more about me here.


Areas of Expertise

01. Trauma.

I work with clients to process the immensity of traumatic events within a resiliency-based framework.

02. Identity + Culture.

I take an intersectional, culturally-informed approach that explores each client's dynamic, ever-evolving sense of self.

03. Couples + Family Transitions.

I help couples and families as they navigate significant life events in the pursuit of whole family wellness.

Education + Training

Emory University

Department of Psychiatry + Behavioral Sciences

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Psychology

University of Virginia

PhD, Clinical + School Psychology

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University Counseling Center/Veterans Affairs Consortium

Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship

Wake Forest University

BA, Psychology

Arabis Hirsuta

Let's Talk.

I'm located in the heart of the City of Decatur.


Still have more questions? Reach out below.

Please note this is for general therapy inquires only. To best maintain your confidentiality, I kindly ask that if you have questions specific to receiving mental health services please utilize the secure patient portal or give me a call.

a.1387 Church Street

Decatur, Georgia 30030

e. janelle@peiferpsychology.com

p. 678.561.4187

What's Dr. Peifer up to these days?

Forest Landscape

Beyond the Birth Plan Group

SATURDAYS // 2.00-3.00P

APRIL 6TH - MAY 18TH, 2019


join us for a free group tailored to the needs of mothers + their partners as they navigate pregnancy + prepare to transition to life after birth​​

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Bridge over Waterfall

New Family Wellness Project

Are you pregnant or a new parent with a child less than six months old in a committed relationship? Consider joining the New Family Wellness Project (NFWP)- a research study focused on postpartum mental health for families. Participants receive free, in-home therapy and $300 worth of participant incentives.


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Beyond the Birth Plan Gathering

We believe that the birth plan is just the first step in the profound process of preparing to transition into parenthood. The Beyond the BIrth Plan Gathering promotes real, educational, engaged dialogue about key issues for new parents--not sales pitches.

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