Dr. Theodora Soublis, Director and Licensed Psychologist at Soublis Psychological Associates

Dr. Theodora Soublis
DIRECTOR AND LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Theodora Soublis is an Atlanta native who received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oglethorpe University. She continued on to the University of Houston receiving her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in child and family psychology. Following her doctoral work, she returned to Atlanta and completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Emory University, School of Medicine and the Marcus Institute, now the Marcus Autism Center. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Soublis previously worked at Georgia State University as the Associate Director of Clinical Services at the Regents Center for Learning Disorders. As the Associate Director of Clinical Services, her responsibilities included evaluating college students for various learning disabilities and attention difficulties, supervising doctoral students, and maintaining clinical services of the center. Additionally, she maintained the role of a primary assessor for a long-term research project for the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

In 2017 Dr. Soublis was granted Fellow status and elected as President of Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) for the 2018-2019 term. Previously, she was the chair of the Committee on Independent Practice and was appointed by the GPA President for an extensive Task Force Project. Dr. Soublis is also a member of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Soublis has extensive experience in providing individual therapy, family therapy, parent consultation, and comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations with a substantial neuropsychological component.

Dr. Jayme Puff 
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Jayme Puff earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors from the University of Central Florida (UCF).  She continued on at UCF and earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Child Clinical Psychology. Dr. Puff completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale University Child Study Center in the School of Medicine, where she specialized in working with young children and their families.  She completed her Postdoctoral Residency in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University.  Dr. Puff has extensive training in working with children from infancy through adolescence and their families.

Dr. Puff has presented at large-scale national and international conferences, including the World Association of Infant Mental Health, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the American Psychological Association conferences. She has taught college courses in Child Development, Clinical Psychology, and Statistical Methods in Psychology. She is a certified provider of Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Dr. Puff has experience in providing individual therapy (ages 3-21 years), family therapy, dyadic parent-child therapy (birth to 5-years and their caregiver), and parent consultation. She also provides comprehensive developmental evaluations for children (age 5 and under), as well as psychoeducational evaluations with a substantial neuropsychological component (ages 5-18 years).

Dr. Camara Murphy 
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Camara Murphy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Muhlenberg College located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She continued on at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia and earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Child Clinical Psychology. Dr. Murphy completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her post-doctoral residency at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, where she specialized in pediatric and health psychology.

Dr. Murphy has extensive training in assessment and therapy with toddlers, children, adolescents, young adults, and families presenting with a wide range of mental health concerns. She works with individuals and their families to increase coping of acute and chronic medical conditions and to improve quality of life and related emotional and behavioral disorders due to medical conditions such as cancer, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, chronic pain and illness, and many others. Dr. Murphy also specializes in grief, loss, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and adjustment difficulties. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and a skills-based approach in her work.

Dr. Murphy has experience in providing individual therapy (ages 3 – 21) and parent consultation. She takes a cognitive-behavioral and skills-based approach to help toddlers, children, adolescents, young adults, and their families learn strategies to improve functioning and well-being. She also conducts comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations with a substantial neuropsychological component. Dr. Murphy is also on staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a Pediatric Psychologist.

Dr. Mayra Zoe Ortiz
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Mayra Zoe Ortiz earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in early childhood education from University of Dubuque in Iowa. Dr. Ortiz graduated Summa Cum Laude. She obtained a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Psychology from Seton Hall University, New Jersey.  Thereafter, she completed a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Her internship was completed at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in affiliation with Downtown Bronx Medical Associate, P.C. and Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She completed her Post-doctoral Residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Pediatrics Neurology where she conducted extensive psychoeducational testing and worked in collaboration with school counselors in the Bronx.

Dr. Ortiz previously owned a private practice in New York, and worked extensively with trauma, chronic medical conditions, anxiety (including panic attacks), depression and sleep disturbances. In later years, Dr. Ortiz has worked with older adults in various nursing homes in New York and Connecticut.

Dr. Ortiz is a fully bilingual Spanish-English clinical psychologist who uses CBT and mindfulness techniques with her clients of all ages. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience.

Dr. Richard Van Haveren
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST 

Dr. Richard “Rick” Van Haveren attended Carroll University for his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He earned his Master’s degree at the University of Miami. Dr. Van Haveren later earned his Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Kansas State University Health Center where he specialized in working with college students. His post-doctoral requirements were completed at Georgia State University where he continued his work with college students. In addition to his work in private practice, Dr. Van Haveren teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology. Professional highlights include serving as a subject matter expert for live on-camera interviews with media outlets including CNN, Good Morning America, and TruTV. He is also an active member of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Van Haveren has extensive experience in providing individual therapy for older children, adolescents, and adults. Specific areas of clinical focus include generalized anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, depression, ADHD, communication and relationship difficulties, and poor self-esteem. Other areas of expertise include couples counseling, career counseling, and sports psychology.

Dr. John Carton, licensed psychologist at Soublis Psychological Associates

Dr. John Carton, ABPP
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST 

Dr. Carton is board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology and specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as couples and families. He also provides educational and sport psychology services. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Emory University. His doctoral degree encompassed advanced training in family systems and pediatric/child therapy (including a clinical externship at Egleston Children’s Hospital; now Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta).  He completed a clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center, specializing in CBT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and behavioral medicine.  He finished his education with a two-year forensic clinical post-doctoral position at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to providing clinical services to clients, Dr. Carton has had a successful academic career. He served on the faculty at Beloit College and Oglethorpe University; at the latter he was Chairperson of the Division of Behavioral Sciences for over 10 years and recently retired with emeritus status to focus more on providing therapy for clients. His studies have been published in leading psychological journals and cited over 1500 times by fellow clinical researchers.  Most recently he worked at Mary Free Bed Hospital, where he was hired to help create a rehabilitation program to help children and teens with chronic pain (e.g., headaches, fibromyalgia, CRPS) based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT principles.

Dr. Pearl Chang
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Pearl Chang received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Emory University. She continued on to Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York City receiving the Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees. Dr. Chang also attended the University of Georgia, where she received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Chang completed her pre-doctoral work in Counseling and Psychological Services at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and her postdoctoral work in Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University.

Dr. Chang approaches all her clients using an integrated multicultural and person-centered framework. She is also trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and brief psychodynamic therapy.Furthermore, Dr. Chang leans toward contemporary theories such as Positive Psychology as well as Emotion-Focused Therapy. Dr. Chang works with a variety of presenting concerns including, but not limited to, issues regarding phase of life transitions and other adjustment concerns, career coaching, anxiety and/or depression management, transitioning in and out of college, parenting, family of origin as well as developing interpersonal skills and awareness.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Chang teaches full-time at a local state university at both the undergraduate and master’s program as a tenured faculty member.

Alexander Persons
INTERN 

Alex recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Psychology. In his second year of undergraduate studies, he worked as a Resident Assistant, which ignited his passion for working with people. He has been part of the on-campus Psychology Club and participated in a psychology-based study abroad, where he spent time in the Czech Republic, Prague, Austria, Poland, and Germany. Additionally, he is a student member of Georgia Psychological Association.

This fall he will begin a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Indiana University. He foresees his future in psychology focusing on working with families and adopted children since he himself  was adopted.

Ari Terry
OFFICE MANAGER 

Ari Terry attended Brigham Young University and earned her undergraduate degree in Communications. She spent the first years of her career in marketing before working for many years with the mental health industry in admissions, marketing, and event planning.

Ari joined Soublis Psychological Associates as the Office Manager and is the initial contact person for new clients and will connect them with the associate that can best address their needs. She has a passion for helping families find healing and discover ways to be healthier.

Service Areas

 Academic Difficulties

 ADHD

 Anxiety

 Autism Spectrum Disorder

 Depression

 Grief and Loss