Hi, I'm Calandra Togba-Doya, MSW, LCSW
"Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks are not signs of weakness. They are signs of trying to remain strong for far too long" - HealthyPlace.com
I did not come to be a therapist on a straight forward path. My journey to this place took what seemed to be two lifetimes; each one harder than the last. There were times along the way that I struggled, times when I lost my way and times when I needed help. I now understand that true strength is having the courage to seek help when you need it. I believe what makes me an effective therapist is that I understand what it means to be longing, lonely and lost. There is a way out of the darkness if you seek the light.
Sometimes, You Need Someone To Meet You Where You Are
I approach the therapeutic process as a partnership with you the client leading the effort. You already have all the answers you need. I just walk along with you as you journey to uncover them. I work with Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups to help them discover their unique strengths, gifting and abilities in order to live their best life.
I spent 15 years as a Career Counselor working with hard to employ populations; such as:
- College and Young Adults
- Long-term welfare recipients
- Developmentally Delayed children and adults
- Individuals coming out of the prison system
My work led me to take on my greatest challenge of all; working in war ravaged Liberia, West Africa. I spent 5 years working with former child soldiers and women sexually/physically victimized in most of Liberia's major cities and several rural villages. My work in Liberia affirmed in me the amazing resilience we have as human beings. The men and women of that beautiful country motivated me to return to the US to obtain my graduate degree in Social Work; to give back what was so richly given to me.
Masters of Social Work - University of Georgia, 2013
B.S. in Sociology - University of Georgia, 1996
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - State of Georgia: CSW006020