Annie M. Cooper, M.D., F.A.B.P.N.
Annie Cooper, M.D. graduated from the University of Paris VII (Xavier Bichat) Medical School in Paris, France, and received her years of clinical training at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio.
After an internship in Pediatrics at the Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, she completed a residency in General Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Emory University Medical School.
Dr. Cooper is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and Board eligible in the sub-specialty of Child Psychiatry.
As Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Program of Atlanta Regional Hospital for 11 years, Dr. Cooper ran a 36 beds inpatient unit for children and adolescents.
She also served for 3 years as a psychiatric consultant for Hillside Hospital, a residential treatment program for children and teens, prior to joining the Piedmont Psychiatric Clinic in 1996. She continues to see children and adolescents as well as adults of all ages. Being a native French speaker and well versed in European culture, Dr. Cooper is able to conduct therapy in French as well as English.
Dr Cooper is a member of the following professional associations:
American Psychiatric Association
Georgia Psychiatric Association
Atlanta Medical Association
Georgia Medical Association
She is currently serving or has served on the board of the following organizations:
Founding member of the Atlanta International School
Board of Trustees of the Atlanta International School
Advisory Board of the Atlanta International School
Board of Trustees of the Alliance Francaise
Board of Trustees of Georgia CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Scientific Advisory Board of Skyland Trails
The advances made in the field of Psychiatry in the past two or three decades might just be among the most significant in any field in medicine.
Better and safer medications, new diagnostic instruments and treatment methods have transformed many people’s life. In the area of psychotherapy too, things have changed, and new therapy modalities have been introduced. Society is finally starting to lift the stigma that had once been attached to mental illness and people are feeling freer than ever to seek the treatment they need and want.
Our genetic susceptibility, our neuro-chemical make up, our developmental experience, our family dynamics, our cultural background, and many other factors contribute to make us who we are. That is why medications alone cannot solve the problems that afflict our patients and why I am a firm believer that psychotherapy is an indispensible aspect of good psychiatric treatment.
My background in child and adolescent psychiatry has taught me to take a much more dynamic role in therapy which I envision as an interactive exchange between two people in a safe, open, and non judgmental environment.
Each individual who walks into my office brings in the unique life experience that shaped his or her unique perception and interpretation of the world and the people around. Understanding and accepting who one is is the first step toward healing change. The next step is to identify the patterns of behavior that bring about the same painful unwanted consequences again and again, to identify their origin, and to change them, which is the hardest part. But only then can the real person emerge, with a stronger sense of confidence, meaning and purpose, ready to face life.