Tom Dixon, L.C.S.W.
Tom Dixon, L.C.S.W. attended the University of Georgia and earned an A.B. in psychology in 1970 and a Master of Social Work in 1974. He worked in various psychiatric capacities since 1971. His first position was Director of the Partial Hospitalization Program at Clayton Mental Health Center in Riverdale, Georgia. In 1975 he joined the staff at West Paces Ferry Hospital, as the Psychiatric Treatment Program Coordinator, and maintained this position until 1983. He has been affiliated with Piedmont Psychiatric Clinic since 1983. In addition, he has held consulting programs with Kenneston Regional Hospice in Marietta, Georgia and Med-First Atlanta (Marietta office), and operated the counseling center at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia from 1993 until 2004. He has served on the Board of Directors of RESOLVE (national infertility support organization) and Rainbows – Georgia (support program for children dealing with divorce or loss).
He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is also a member of the Georgia Chapter of the NASW.
Mr. Dixon has a broad range of experience in the field of psychiatry, at all levels. He has worked with local and state government psychiatric facilities as well as in private practice and in the private hospital. He has worked extensively with Dave M. Davis, M.D. on independent medical (psychiatric) examinations of impaired physicians and other professionals and various legal-related work.
Mr. Dixon’s approach to therapy emphasizes individual responsibility, self-knowledge, and self-management techniques. He believes that, while psychiatric disorders may have multiple causes, it is behavior that ultimately makes a difference in the quality of a person’s life.
Mr. Dixon especially enjoys working with couples, parents and adolescents, personality disorders, and the integration of spiritual and psychiatric techniques, where appropriate. Having always worked very closely with psychiatrists, Mr. Dixon also has an extensive knowledge of psychiatric medications and their uses, misuses, and limitations.
Mr. Dixon also has a wide range of experiences outside the field of psychiatry. These include: having been married since 1971; playing competitive golf throughout his high-school years; acquiring his pilot’s license at the age of nineteen; having been very active with the Sports Car Club of America’s solo events program for nearly ten years during the 1970s-1980’s; having competed at the national and international levels of model aircraft competition during most of his adult life; and having written numerous articles for model-aircraft publications. He brings both clinical and non-clinical experiences together to help patients, in a commonsense style free from jargon and “psychobabble”.