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.
Nuts + Bolts
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Out of Network
Client Type: Individuals - 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