I value communication and prefer talking in person or by phone rather than by email or text. Please call me at 770-913-0506 and leave a message, which I will keep confidential. I return most calls the same day they are received, but please allow 24 hours for a return call.
My clients are my first priority and I return their calls first. If you are a prospective client, I will strive to return your call the same day. I provide phone conferences between office visits only to clients with whom I have previously established a professional relationship in my office.
If you are not a client but you need immediate help, you can contact the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225. If you are calling on behalf of someone who is suicidal or in emotional distress, you can contact the any of the following resources: National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (Dial 988), National Suicide Prevention Line (1-800-273-8255), National Suicide Hotline at (1-800-784-2433), or National Crisis Text Line (Text 741-741).
If you are using U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service, FedEx, or other carrier, please use the following land address:
Atlanta Counseling Center
Attn: Dr. William Doverspike
6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Building C - Suite 101
Atlanta, Georgia 30328-6049
If you are a current or prospective client sending an email, please include your name and purpose of email in the subject line so that your email will not be classified as spam. Transmitting information to me via email does not establish a psychologist-client relationship. For protection of your privacy, I will return your message by phone if you include your phone number. Please be aware that I do not provide online counseling or other web-based services.
If you are a student or colleague sending an email, please list your university or institutional affiliation in the subject line of the email so that your email will not be classified as spam. For security purposes and to reduce phishing emails, my system deletes all emails that do not contain a recognizable subject line.
Do not write anything in an email that you would not write on a post card. Because emails are not secure or confidential, do not email any personal or confidential information. All emails are retained in the logs of internet service providers (ISP). Although it may be unlikely that someone will be looking at these logs, they are available to be read by the ISP system administrators and by various governmental agencies and security services.
Send email to Dr. Doverspike.com.
I do not accept friend or contact requests from prospective, current, or former students, clients, or patients via electronic social media (e.g., Facebook) or career networking sites (e.g., LinkedIn).
Unlike business owners who may respond to social media reviews, psychologists do not respond to online reviews because our primary duty is to protect the anonymity and confidentiality of our current, former, and prospective clients and patients. This ethical standard means that psychologists cannot confirm or deny that any person is a current, former, or prospective client or patient. If you feel like you are not being served professionally, consider contacting your psychologist and discussing the matter directly in order to resolve your concerns. Psychologists are often referred to as doctors who listen.
I appreciate any opportunity to hear any concern that any of my clients may have so that I can do my best to serve them better.
I do not offer video conferences to prospective, current, or former students, clients, or patients. I offer telephone conferences only to individual and organizational clients with whom I have an established an in-person professional relationship in my office. I provide services only to established clients who are located and present in a jurisdiction in which I am licensed or in a state for which I have a Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT).
Because text messaging is an impersonal and unsecure mode of communication, I do not send text messages nor do I respond to text messages from prospective, current, or former clients, patients, students, or trainees.
I do not search prospective, current, or former clients, patients, students, or trainees using Bing, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Yelp, or other search engines or websites.
I do not accept or solicit testimonials from current or former clients, patients, students, or trainees.
Because I am a member of a state licensing board that regulates the professional practice of psychology, I do not provide clinical, ethical, legal, or risk-management consultations to individuals who will be or who have been licensed as psychologists in any state or province. My opinions are available in my published works, some of which are also linked to my practice website. If you are seeking a consultation, there are several options:
(1) Consider consulting a qualified, experienced, professional who holds a state license and board certification in the same jurisdiction and profession in which you practice. Consult with colleagues who can provide different perspectives, rather than seeking confirmation of your own opinion from someone who will simply agree with you. Members of an Ongoing Peer Consultation Group, as defined by Georgia Comprehensive Rules and Regulations, Rule 510-8-.02 ([b]), may also be an option.
(2) Consider contacting the ethics committee of your state professional association. If you are a psychologist, you can contact the Ethics Committee of the Georgia Psychological Association (404-634-6272). If you are a counselor, you can contact the Ethics Committee of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (770-449-4547).
(3) Consider contacting the ethics committee or your national professional association. If you are a psychologist, you can contact the Ethics Office of the American Psychological Association (202-336-5930). If you are a counselor, you can contact the Ethics Department of the American Counseling Association (800-347-6647 Ext 321).
(4) Consider contacting the risk management department of your professional liability insurance company. If you are a psychologist, you can contact the Trust Advocate (800-477-1200), which is affiliated with Trust Risk Management Services (TRIMS), which was originally known as the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust (APAIT). If you are a counselor, you can contact the Healthcare Providers Service Organization (800-982-9491). If you are any type of licensed mental health professional or pastoral counselor, you can contact the American Professional Agency (800-897-0033).
(5) If for any reason you are under supervision by a licensed professional, then you can contact your supervisor because your supervisor is the person who bears the ethical and legal liability for the professional services that you are providing.
If you are seeking verification of a mental health professional in Georgia, please contact Georgia Professional Licensing.
If you want to send correspondence to the Georgia Psychology Board, please contact Georgia Psychology Licensing Board.
If you want to send correspondence to the Georgia Composite Board, please contact Georgia Composite Licensing Board.
Referrals to Other Psychologists
If you are looking for a psychologist in Georgia, please contact the Georgia Psychological Association.
If you are looking for a psychologist in another state, please contact the National Directory of Psychologists.
If you are looking for a psychologist in another state, please contact the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
Interjurisdictional practice of distant or remote telehealth and temporary in-person practice is governed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), and regulatory boards in U.S. states and Canadian provinces in which a psychologists holds an active and clear license.
If you are seeking the services of a psychologist who practices in another state or province, obtain external verification that the psychologist is either licensed in that jurisdiction or has the legal authority to engage in interjurisdictional practice. To obtain verification that a psychologist holds a Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) certificate for Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) or Temporary Authority to Practice (TAP) in person in another jurisdiction, please contact the Directory for Verification of PSYPACT Authorizations.
For licensed psychologists who wish to obtain information about prerequisite credentials for PSYPACT certificates, the ASBBP Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC) is required for the PSYPACT Temporary Authority to Practice (TAP) and the ASBBP E.Passport is required for the PSYPACT Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT). For additional information about applying for these credentials, please contact the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.
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