Laura C. Jalbert, LCSW – Owner & Clinical Director
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Laura Jalbert is the Owner and Clinical Director of Mindful Transitions, LLC, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with older adults for more than 20 years. She has worked with families of different backgrounds and cultures throughout her career, including her own, as an advocate for quality medical and mental health treatment and for utilizing appropriate caregiving interventions. Laura has additional expertise and an Advanced Forensic Certificate (NOFSW) for guardianship matters related to older adult mental health issues and cognitive impairment. She also has additional clinical training in Integrated Mental Health interventions.
John Jalbert – Practice Manager
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John Jalbert moved to the Atlanta area in 2004 from Southern California. He studied engineering and business at Cal State Long Beach and worked for several years in logistics and project management. With a grateful appreciation for the Older Adult population John was easily swayed to come work for Mindful Transitions in 2013.
Jill C. Jenkins, LCSW – Assistant Clinical Director and Clinician
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Jill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing social work since 1995. From an early age, Jill knew she wanted to help people in some capacity, especially through counseling. She was always there to listen, help those in need, and offer support, guidance, and resources as needed.
Christina Fisher, LCSW – Intake Coordinator
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Christina Fisher, LCSW is the Intake Coordinator for the Mindful Transitions Team. She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker with a strong background in medical and psychiatric hospital work and has a lifelong commitment to the field of human services, particularly the older adult population.
Kristi Sullivan, LCSW – Clinician
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Kristi is a clinical social worker with over 12 years of experience in case management, counseling, and patient advocacy with seniors and their families in the acute hospital setting. Kristi works with seniors from a strengths perspective in helping them navigate through overwhelming issues that can present during the later stage of life. Although interpersonal and cognitive behavioral therapies are the basis for her work, the theoretical approaches she employs are integrative and individualized for each client. Empowerment is a key component in Kristi’s work with seniors. She teaches them how to identify and utilize the strengths and resiliency within themselves in coping with challenging transitions in life.
Robin Raflo, LCSW – Clinician
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Robin Raflo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience working with older adults. Robin’s areas of expertise include individual, family, and group psychotherapy, case management, client advocacy, crisis intervention, and assessment and evaluation with diverse populations. She also facilitates caregiver support groups and workshops within the community.
Maria R. Walker, LCSW – Clinician
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Maria is a clinical social worker who discovered her love for working with seniors in undergraduate school, while pursuing her BSW. Upon finishing her undergraduate degree her first job was with an Area Agency on Aging where she provided case management, advocacy, and authorized payment for services to maintains seniors and children and adults with disabilities in their homes in a safe and feasible environment.
Denise Greenberger, LCSW, ACHP-SW – Clinician
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Denise Greenberger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has been practicing since 1985. She has a Certificate in Gerontology and certification as an Advanced Clinical Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker (ACHP-SW). Her passion to connect with seniors began at a very early age as she was very close with her neighbors which comprised of four generations residing in one home.
Irit Lantzman, LCSW, ACHP-SW – Clinician
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Irit Lantzman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and holds degrees in Psychology and Linguistics from University in Russia and Social Work degree from Israel. After earning her Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia, Irit worked as a Palliative and Hospice social worker. Irit holds an Advanced Clinical Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker certificate (ACHP-SW).
Rebecca Marder, LCSW – Clinician
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Rebecca is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience providing mental health services. Born in England, Rebecca moved to New York in 1998 and then to Georgia in 2001. She began her social work career providing crisis intervention and emergency psychiatric assessments. Before joining Mindful Transitions, Rebecca worked for 11 years as inpatient social worker in a psychiatric hospital. She has a strong background in substance use disorder, psychosis, personality disorders, and mood disorders.
Lynn Lane, MDiv, LCSW – Clinician
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Lynn is an LCSW with years of experience having an MSW from Smith College for Social Work in Northampton, MA and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville Tennessee. With over 25 years working in hospital settings, hospices, psychiatric hospitals, with cancer survivors, in community mental health settings and by maintaining a private practice over the years, Lynn has learned that the stories that connect us are far more powerful than the fears we let divide us.
Cynthia Jones, LCSW – Clinician
Cynthia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the field of Social Work since 1973 after graduating from the MSW program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Throughout her life, both personally and professionally, Cynthia’s goal has always been to facilitate a positive difference in the lives of those with whom she comes in contact. She has worked in both a clinical and a management capacity, and her professional experience includes providing comprehensive mental health assessment and counseling services for a wide range of clients. One of her areas of expertise is to assist people in navigating successfully through life’s transitions. She has worked in dialysis, home health care, community outreach, relocation consulting, managed care, substance abuse, information and referral, school, adolescent residential treatment, and hospital settings. Her therapeutic approach is to be present in the moment, and to take a holistic view, encompassing mind, body, and soul. Cynthia works from a strengths perspective and her approach is individualized for each client.
Jennifer Kelly, LCSW – Clinician
Jennifer A Kelly, LCSW took a “roundabout path” to working with older adults and ultimately has found her passion! Jennifer is a Georgia native who began her social work journey assisting others as a family independence case manager with the Division of Family and Children Services in both Athens Clarke-County and Oconee County. With her undergraduate degree in psychology and art she was interested in human behavior and creative ways to use theory/models in working to assist others seeking relief from conflict. To further grow in her knowledge and experience Jennifer obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2005. At then end of her studies Jennifer was hired by her foundation practicum non-profit organization where she worked as a mitigation specialist in the felony court system. When the non-profit dissolved Jennifer was fortunate to continue her mitigation and advocacy for marginalized clients for nearly a decade with the Office of the Public Defender, Atlanta Circuit.
Ingrid Peper, LCSW – Clinician
Ingrid Peper is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia. For the past 13 years, Ingrid has been working with seniors, adults, teenagers and children for the treatment of anxiety, depression, anger management, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and family issues surrounding life transitions. She is happy to work with all ages, but has recently returned to her first passion initiated in 1998 – working with the senior population. Ingrid has worked as a social worker and therapist in various settings including general, rehab and psychiatric hospitals, outpatient therapy agencies, and in the home setting. Ingrid enjoys helping individuals and families to meet and overcome the obstacles that are causing individual stress or struggles within the family. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Berry College in 1989 and received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Georgia in 2008. She obtained her license to practice as a clinical social worker in 2014.
Sarah Ricks, LCSW, ACHP-SW – Clinician
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Sarah Ricks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in working with older adults. She utilizes a strengths based perspective and appreciates both the challenges and the advantages that come with aging.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Latin from the University of Georgia, Sarah began working as a college level teaching assistant while pursuing a Master’s degree in Latin. She discovered that while she was not fond of teaching a classroom full of students, she did find it very rewarding to meet one on one with students, many of who were experiencing other life stressors in addition to challenges with classwork. Desiring a career path that could provide an opportunity to help people grow personally and enhance coping skills, she earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia.
Laura LaBarbera, LCSW – Clinician
Laura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years experience working with families and their loved ones in Pennsylvania and in Georgia. Laura came to Georgia by way of Pittsburgh PA. Laura attended The University of Pittsburgh for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The majority of Laura’s time has been spent in hospice settings and in the hospital environment as a Case Manager. Laura is able to assist and counsel patients and families in treating and coping with social and emotional responses connected with severe illness. Laura has experience working with families during times of loss and grief. Laura has worked closely with bereaved clients after the loss of a loved one.
Professional bios are provided as a description of clinician experience and personality. Actual clinician assignment to a particular case is determined based upon the primary clinical needs of a client, staff availability, and geographical location.