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Meet
Our Staff

Our team strives to make every patient feel welcomed and valued. We provide a warm and friendly atmosphere for our patients to ensure that you know we are a safe space.

Dr. Sarah Vidal McMurtry

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LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
OWNER

Dr. Sarah Vidal McMurtry specializes in clinical assessment for children ages 0-16 in Autism Spectrum, ADHD, and developmental challenges. She has studied, trained and provided clinical, research-based, and therapeutic services for families, parents, adults, and children with traumatic stress and developmental delays for over 15 years. With the upswing of Covid, many families are now prevented from receiving assessments to clarify diagnostic questions related to autism and adhd. Dr. Sarah is dedicated to provide families and children with solutions and recommendations that allow for supportive treatments. To sign up for diagnostic evaluations for ADHD or Autism, click HERE.

Sarah Vidal McMurtry, Ph.D., received a Doctorate's Degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed predoctoral internship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Consortium focusing on developmental disability and child, adult, family, and community trauma. She furthered her expertise during postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University, Children Healthcare of Atlanta Stephanie V Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children focusing on child trauma, specifically child sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. Dr. McMurtry previously completed psychological, speech-language, and neuropsychological testing for children and adults with developmental challenges through the Emory University Department of Human Genetics for 6 years. Dr. McMurtry previously served as adjunct professor, teaching Multicultural Counseling at the University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Affectionately known as, “Dr. Sarah Mac”, Dr. Vidal McMurtry specializes in training and developing clinicians' use of evidence-based interventions and wellness methods for parents, adolescents, youth and communities with past experiences of trauma. She is most passionate about individual empowerment, diversity, and community-based programming and developed her new platform THRIVE to support health and wellness leaders improve their overall wellbeing for health. See more about her wellness and coaching programs HERE

At Perspectives, Dr. Vidal McMurtry overseas all clinical and assessment programming. She is dedicated to train her staff and offer community-based specialized trainings in treatments such as Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT for young children. Her team is currently undergoing training in CPP and PCIT, treatment for children aged 0-5. Dr. Sarah Mac's goals are to empower change agents, by providing offering safe, balanced and value-based professional development and training in multiculturally competent and trauma informed strategies inside and outside of the therapeutic space. 

Dr. Sarah Mac is frequently spotted smiling and encouraging others. She is a wife, mom of a young adult, tweenaged daughter, doggie, and cat. She loves the zeal and boldness of life and loves to laugh loudly, dance, and sing. Her newest fun fact is that she is learning Spanish and AfroLatino culture in Cartagena Colombia to scout for new ways to promote wellness through nature and international retreat design. Sign up to learn more about ways to follow her wellness programs HERE

Dr. NGonzi "Truth" Crushshon

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STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST, pre-licensed

Dr. Ngonzi "Truth" Crushshon, PsyD specializes in traumatic grief, intergenerational family trauma, child and adult trauma. She has over 15 years of clinical mental health experience and a background in education. She is a proud alumna of Fisk University, and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology and clinical psychology, respectively. Dr. Truth attained her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus. She completed predoctoral training at Ada S. McKinley Behavioral Health, a community mental health clinic in Chicago, with specific focus on enhancing protective factors for childhood trauma, emotional and behavioral concerns for children and families. Dr. Truth also completed postdoctoral internship at a private practice, Hope Haven Psychological Resources, LLC. in Indianapolis, Indiana where she provided play therapy for children with trauma, grief and emotional/behavioral concerns, as well as individual and family therapy. Additionally, Dr. Truth administered psychological assessments for children and adults including psycho-educational, psycho-sexual, and bariatric testing batteries for the purposes of diagnostic clarity and treatment. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital located in downtown Chicago, Dr. Truth served as Emergency Room Counselor for adults with suicidal and homicidal ideations and behaviors. She also assessed youth and foster children 3-21years old with suicidal and homicidal ideations and behaviors.

Dr. Truth currently serves as Staff Psychologist, pre-licensed at Perspectives and specializes in culturally competent trauma informed care for children, families, and adults with experiences of bereavement, ADHD, PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression and comorbid challenges. Dr. Truth hails from Chicago, Illinois and enjoys mentoring and empowering youth and families. She loves journaling, running 5k races, reading books “The Artist’s Way” and cooking meals from scratch. To book with Dr. Truth, click HERE

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Tainise Brannon, MA, CMCH, APC

Staff Clinician

Tainise Brannon is a clinical psychology Master's level staff clinician. She is a college graduate from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University and Clark Atlanta University. She has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health counseling and focuses her work with youth and adults from a trauma-focused perspectives. Seh is a trauma-focused Mental Health Clinician & Registered Behavioral Therapist for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Her service with children, adolescents, and young adults includes a non-judgmental space for self-exploration, personal growth, and recognizing inner strength utilizing a Person-Centered approaches. She also obtained TF-CBT & DBT training as it relates to trauma-focused therapy. Ms. Tainise has experience with helping others with a variety of concerns: anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, conduct disturbance, and mood/personality dysfunctions, as well as experience in helping parents of children with with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other learning/neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

When Ms. Tainise is is not helping/servicing others she enjoys traveling, thrifting, and spending time with family and friends. To book with Ms. Tainise, click HERE

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Lakisha Wilkins, MA, Ed.S

Educational Psychology Psychometry Lead

Ms. Lakisha Wilkins specializes in the clinical and psychoeducational assessment of children ages 3-21 in terms of challenges related to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, dyslexia, anxiety, depression, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, bilingual learning difficulties, and executive functioning.  She has provided evidence-based evaluative services for children and families for more than 10 years.  As a practicing school psychologist and private practice psychometry specialist, she administers evidence-based assessments for children and young adult who may struggle academically and/or require supports in the areas of social, emotional, adaptive, and behavioral functioning.  With the administration of various assessment tools, Ms. Wilkins collaborates with parents and families to determine the services that may be needed within the public school setting. 

 

Lakisha Wilkins M.A., Ed.S received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Hofstra University and a master’s degree in school psychology from Adelphi University.  Throughout her tenure as a school psychologist, she has undergone training specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder, dyslexia, executive functioning, special education eligibility, developmental disabilities, concerns related to bilingual learners, behavioral disorders, functional behavioral assessments, Individualized Education Plans, evidence-based interventions in related to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and 504 Accommodation Plans. Ms. Wilkins is a New York native who worked as a school psychologist in New York, South Carolina, and Georgia for the past thirteen years.  She is a child advocate and lifelong learner in the areas of education, student-focused learning, and assessment. 

Currently at Perspectives, Ms. Lakisha serves as an excellent resource to the community as she provides an Early Identification Road Map Assessment that provides comprehensive diagnostic and educational recommendation steps to help parents advocate. She also provides psychoeducational evaluations to support students. To book her services, click her name HERE

Ms. Lakisha is engaged to be married next October.  She is the cat mom of Noodles and Skippy.  During her leisure time, Ms. Wilkins enjoys attending concerts and festivals in around Atlanta and being a foodie in addition to completing DIY projects that include building a freestanding deck at the rear of her home, a fire pit, and interior décor.  She has also traveled solo to over thirteen countries to include Columbia, Thailand, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Greece, Kenya, Egypt, Vietnam, etc.

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Our Interns

Kiersten

ADMINISTRATIVE INTERN

Kiersten is a responsible and determined college student who is dependable and provides assistance with administrative and clinical procedures. She has interests in the intersection of business, law, and wellness.

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Makayla

WELLNESS INTERN

Makayla is a creative and impactful college student intern who is generates engaging content and promotes communications regarding mental wellness to reduce stigma. She has interests in youth, health, and psychology.

Now Accepting Applications For:

Now accepting applications for a licensed psychologist, professional counselor, or clinical social worker with expertise in leadership development, program development, and clinical operations.

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Interested applicants, please contact our support team at support@perspectivesllc.org

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