Areas of Expertise

  • 01. Trauma. I specialize in work with clients who have experienced traumatic events - particularly sexual traumas and intimate partner violence. I work to help clients build upon their internal resilience and strengths to manage the winding, complex process of life after trauma.

  • 02. Identity + Culture. I believe that every client exits in a world informed by their experience and history. I take a culturally-informed approach to my work that celebrates each individual's sense of self. I also work with young people navigating the process of emerging adulthood.

  • 03. Couples + Families. I help families and couples navigate the complexities of significant life transitions and the daily experience of existing in close relationship. I help romantic partners and families of all types as they manage challenges and move towards more adaptive lives---together.

  • Overall Approach. I strive to create a warm, creative therapy space that helps folks cope with the challenge and beauty of pursuing a life worth living in a targeted, solutions-focused way.  I work in a conscientious way with people have experienced stress, discrimination, and trauma related to their cultural, racial/ethnic, gender, sexual, and or religious identity.

Dr. Janelle S. Peifer

Founder + Chief Psychologist

I started Onward + Outward to create a clinical team committed to clinical excellence for everyone. I am a licensed clinical psychologist, researcher, and assistant professor committed to working alongside clients as they navigate their lives. I focus on providing therapy to those who have experienced trauma, young adults navigating emerging identities, and couples/families processing life transitions. I believe in low-barrier, solution-focused therapy rooted in evidence-based, relational practices.


I am licensed for teletherapy in: AZ, CO, DE, GA, IL, MO, NE, NH, NV, OK, PA, TX, UT, + VA.

Nuts + Bolts

Ages: 12+


  • Self-Pay/Out of Network

Client Type: Individuals - Couples - Families

Scheduling Notes: Weekdays

Background + Training

Licensed Psychologist in Georgia 

Emory University - Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Psychology

University of Virginia
- PhD, Clinical and School Psychology

Vanderbilt University and VA
- Predoctoral Clinical Internship

Wake Forest University
- BA, Psychology


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1387 Church Street - Decatur, Georgia 30030

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