1150 Upper Hembree Rd.
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone 678.624.0930 x. 16
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Marriage and Family Therapy
I utilize a range of methods and perspectives helping family members diminish self-defeating behaviors which impede one's abilty to meet the goals/challenges of family life. My background in marriage and family therapy provided me the opportunity to train with innovators in the MFT field. My MFT training in began San Antonio, Texas where I completed an Externship Training at the Community Counseling Clinic at Our Lady of the Lake University. This work focused on brief/solution-focused & short-term therapy models, which continued through coursework/practicum training at the Family Therapy doctoral program at Texas Tech University and training under Dr. Susan Hendrick in the Dept. of Psychology at Texas Tech, integrating her research on close relations and love styles.
Family therapy training continued during psychology internship at the renowned Dallas Child Guidance Clinic, the second oldest child guidance clinic in the nation. I worked directly under the supervision of Anna Beth Benningfield, two-time President of AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists).
In 1992, I obtained Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the national certification for MFT therapy; shortly thereafter I was Licensed as a MFT in the State of Texas. In my current Systems-Oriented work (see www.systemscentered.com) I continue developing deeper understanding of the dynamics among couples and family members.
I teach couples how to co-develop their relationship, their functional roles. This promotes discovery of strengths and learning how to cooperatively build the type of relationship and family life that fits them best now. I continue developing Systems-Oriented approach in couples work through monthly couples training and psychotherapy training in Systems-Centerd®Therapy
Substance Abuse, Addiction, & Recovery
On internship at the Dallas Child Guidance Clinic (DCGC), I completed an in-patient rotation om the alcohol dependency unit at the Dallas VA Medical Center. Then in 1993, I was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Chemical Addiction Program -- ("CAP") at the Dallas VA. During my fellowship tenure, working on a multidisciplinary team, I provided group therapy, individual treatment planning, testing, and educational programming for patients. I also worked with other Fellows in Occupational Therapy, Nursing, and Social Work in developing a couple’s group program.
At the Georgia Tech Counseling Center work, I developed the assessment and counseling services for substance abuse. I also became a Certified Instructor, certified by the Prevention Research Institute, teaching the Prime for Life substance abuse educational course for college students. I served as a certified evaluator and treatment provider for the Georgia Multiple DUI Offender Program. Furthermore, for 20 years, my professional relationship with Dr. Robert Margolis has served as an on-going resource for training in addiction and recovery.
Currently, my substance abuse experience background is used to identify and address substance abuse problems in all clinical work, working with substance abuse problems at all ends of the spectrum. My years of clinical experience allow these sensitive problems to be addressed tactfully in sensible, practical ways. I remain informed of research developments in the ever-changing field of addiction, chemical and process addictions, through updates from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and other resources.
Group Therapy (click on Group Therapy to learn more about the "Changes" Adult Psychotherapy Group)
"Changes" is the on-going interpersonal psychotherapy group for adults. Please contact me if you want to be screened for group. I possess over 25 years experience in leading groups and I view group therapy as the optimal treatment of choice for many types of problems. I also am forming theme group for particular types of problem situations, including early substance abuse recovery.
My training in group therapy began in 1985 and since that time I have facilitated groups at the Dallas VA Chemical Addiction Program, Jewish Family Services (Interpersonal Groups & Cancer Support Groups), Bexar County Women's Center, Georgia Tech Counseling Center, and in private practice. In 1994, I completed the requirements for full clinical membership in the American Group Psychotherapy Association and in 1996 became Certified with the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. Throughout the year, I continue to train in group methods to satisfy requirements for his group psychotherapy certification. As a System’s-Oriented therapist, I continually train in Systems-Centered Trainings, both regionally and nationally. By continuously being involved in training, I remain aware and abreast of innovations in the fields of group dynamics, communication, and group therapy.
Anxiety & Mood Disorders
My practice focuses on helping individuals and couples reduce and eliminate moderate to severe anxiety and depressive mood symptoms. This focal point of clinical work involves employing treatment methods that have been demonstrated to be most effective in remedying anxiety & mood problems. The treatment methods I utilize are potent in enhancing/regulating mood and reducing anxiety/stress. These methods also function to help individuals and couples reduce symptoms before they emerge as problematic. Thereby, problem patterns related to triggering symptoms may transform, reducing relapses. I work in conjunction with concurrent psychiatric treatments and provide referrals for psychiatric consultation when warranted.
Personality and Chronic Interpersonal Problems
Many maladaptive patterns in interpersonal functioning are related to ways of coping developed in childhood and in earlier life experiences. Ways of coping in life become outmoded; however, many times we continue to use coping and social skills that are not effective in the current life context. Therapy can be effective in identifying such patterns and modifying them to fit current needs. Past traumatic experiences also may evoke styles of adapting that later in life may interfere with effective styles of relating, both personally and professionally. I employ clinical methods designed to address such patterns and develop new, adaptive styles of relating and approaching goals. I work with clients who have trauma history. I also refer to other skilled trauma specialist clinicians for more extensive/complex trauma cases.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
I performed psycho-educational testing for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and learning disorders for over 25 years. For three years I held a part-time position at the Texas Tech University Counseling Center, focusing exclusively on the determining educational and psychological diagnoses and interventions. Internship at Dallas Child Guidance Clinic involved intensive training and evaluations for children with a range of learning problems. Finishing internship, I worked as a School Psychologist with the Dallas ISD Special Education Department, exclusively focusing on the evaluation of children and adolescent needs.
Now in private practice, I focus on identifying such conditions with late adolescents and adults, guiding them and their families to make the adjustments that best help them succeed in education, career, and their personal/family life. I am vigilant in staying current in the research of ADHD and I make research results available to all of clients. I also integrate career interest/vocational assessment in ADHD assessemnt and treatment.
Testing & Evaluation
Testing services are provided to evaluate symptoms of distress and disturbance, including most types of objective and projective personality evalutation. Assessment goals are to identify a clear understanding in diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Areas of assessment include Adult ADHD, Ssubstance Abuse/Addiction, Mood Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. Contact my office for a listing of all testing services and see charges for individual tests under POLICIES. Testing services are never billed to insurance/third parties.
- Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology (APA Approved), Texas Tech University
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Chemical Addiction Program, Dallas VA Medical Center Hospital
- Pre-Doctoral Internship, Dallas Child Guidance Clinic (now Dallas Child and Family Guidance Clinic)
- Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)
- Bachelor of Arts. Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
- Clinical Experience: Georgia Tech Counseling Center (20 years), Texas Tech Counseling Center, Bexar County Women's Center, Bexar County (TX) Hospital (Psychiatric Unit), Dallas VA Medical Center Hospital, Dallas Independent School District, and Private Practice (16 years).
Certifications and Professional Affiliations
- Licensed Psychologist, State of Georgia
- Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- National Register of Health Service Psychologists
- Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists
- Clinical Psychology Staff, Ridgeview Institute
- Member, American Psychological Association (APA), Divisions 29 Psychotherapy), 39 (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy), 50 (Addictions), & 49 (Group Dynamics)
- Member, Georgia Psychological Association (GPA)
- Member, System’s-Centered Training & Research Institute (SCTRI) since 2000.
- Member, Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Society (AGPS)
- Clinical Member, American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
- Completion of EMDR Training
This practice is considered a "Safe Space" affirming and supporting individuals and families of all races, cultures, religions, and sexual orientations.
Dr. Frontman is a National Health Service Psychologist.
A National Health Service Psychologist is a licensed psychologist who is certified to be fully & comprehensively trained to independently practice in his state to provide prevention, evaluation, assessment & treatment services.