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Therapist Spotlight: Dr. Janna Greeson


What do you enjoy most about working with people with anxiety disorders and OCD?

I enjoy working with anxiety because it is something that we all struggle with, in some form or another, at some point in our lives. I love getting to share tools and skills with people so that they are ready to face their anxiety when it arises rather than live in fear of it. I find that clients struggling with anxiety are often very motivated to feel better. It is rewarding to get to be a part of clients’ healing process, and to really be able to see improvement.

Is there a time in your life when you had to overcome anxiety?

Yes. After I graduated from college I participated in Teach for America and was sent to teach in a high-need school for two years. This work was very challenging and I found myself failing at things daily. I had my first panic attack during this time. This was before my graduate training in counseling, so I had no idea what a panic attack was. I learned a lot about anxiety and the tools to manage panic. I also had to work to find more balance between my job and my personal life.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love to go on hikes with my dog, Peanut. This gets me out into nature and there’s nothing I love more than to see Peanut running around having fun. I also enjoy cooking, reading and running.

What do you enjoy about working at ATCA?

I am very grateful for my colleagues at ATCA. Each clinician is truly passionate about their work and I feel very supported by my colleagues. I find that the team has a great sense of humor, which brings a lot of fun to the workplace.

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would love to have dinner with my paternal grandmother, who died before I was born. I was named after this grandmother and have been told that I am a lot like her.

I would really enjoy getting to hear stories about her life.

>> Read Dr. Greeson’s psychologist profile.