Therapist Profile:

Polly Hart, L.C.S.W., B.C.D.


Polly Hart received her B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, followed by an M.S.W. from Tulane in New Orleans.  She started her career at a large community mental health center in New Orleans and then moved to Atlanta in 1972 where she spent the next 7 years at Georgia Mental Health Institute, working on both the child and adolescent units, serving 3 years as Director of the Briarcliff Children’s Center at that facility.  During these years she was field supervisor for students from UGA, Smith College, and Atlanta University.

For over 30 years she has practiced with the Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Clinic specializing in work with parents and children from elementary school through college age addressing behavior, school performance, and emotional difficulties.  About one fourth of her practice is with adults, particularly work with women and couples therapy.  During these years she has also provided consultation and faculty education for several private schools in the North Atlanta community.  She has worked at the State Legislature in the area of social policy, supervised beginning practitioners, and taught at a graduate college level.

Polly’s professional avocation is the study of human behavior in a broad range of contexts such as cultural, neurobiological and social.  These interests enhance understanding beyond the usual psychological answers to human dilemmas.

Her personal interests include antiquing, reading, writing, homebuilding, and many things Japanese.  Polly and her husband Will, also a therapist at the Family Psychiatry Clinic, have raised three children, now adults.  This experience certainly increased empathy and understanding of both parents and children and added a good bit of humor and perspective.  She appreciates participating in a practice where colleagues help support life-long learning and in her practice emphasizes the role of education in problem solving.

Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Clinic, P.C.
7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Building 16 Suite 100 ~ Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Telephone (770) 393-1880 ~ Facsimile (770) 393-1885
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Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Clinic, P.C.
Psychiatric and psychotherapeutic care for adults, children, adolescents and families 
since 1977
Polly Hart's office
Polly Hart's office