Since childhood, I have been intrigued with people’s life stories and how they think about things. I also love to play and so it seemed natural that my initial focus as a psychologist was on adolescents and children with a specialization in family therapy. This has involved intense work with parents which I love.
Over time, I have accrued thousands of real time observations of how different life stages impact our development and response to treatment. This has led to a specialization in phase-of-life issues in adulthood. To my surprise, I found that my work with one age group has enriched my work with the other. It has added a depth and richness to my knowledge of core issues dealt with throughout our lives, diversified my skill base and has become an organic approach to treating individuals.
Dr. Athey obtained her PhD in Clinical psychology in 1988 from the University of South Carolina and has been in private practice for 30 years. She has been an active member in the NC Psychological Association and Mecklenburg Psychological Association since 1991. Her passion is to work with individuals in all aspects of their lives.