A. Jay Beard, Ph.D.

Dr. Jay Beard

My Training and Background

I am a Native Atlantan -- I was born here in 1963 and with the exception of a few years have lived here since. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Furman University in 1985 and then returned to Atlanta, working in the mental health field for several years before starting graduate school at Georgia State University in 1987. I began working with clients in 1988 and have been doing psychotherapy since. I have worked in the Counseling Center at Emory University and completed my internship at the Penn State Counseling Center. In 1995 I received my doctoral degree from Georgia State University and went on to do a mix of private practice and college counseling center work at Georgia Tech. For a number of years now I have been in full-time private practice. I am licensed by the State of Georgia and am a member of the Georgia Psychological Association.

Alongside my work, my family, and many personal interests, I have been actively involved with several community organizations including YouthPride, where I have led support groups for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning young people, and Metropolitan Counseling Services, where I serve on the board of an organization that is dedicated to providing low-cost but high-quality psychotherapy to those who need it. I am also an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member of the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University and am involved in the training of doctoral students.