Licensed Clinical Social Worker #15280

Meta L. Petty is a licensed clinical social worker.  Her view of psychotherapy is that each person is unique, and she strives to honor each individual’s unique characteristics and strengths. Meta attempts to help patients build on their strengths. As a therapist, her clients span all age groups, from very young children to senior citizens over 90 years old. Meta uses two guiding principles, which are “start where the Client is” and “it is never too late to change.”

Meta received her BSW and MSW degrees from Albany State University (ASU) in Albany, Georgia. Meta was one of the first students to graduate from the MSW (program flagship) at ASU.  Meta provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups utilizing cognitive behavioral, family systems, and humanistic therapy modes. Meta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and she is also a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Social Work interns.

Prior to working with patients at the Tampa Bay Center for Psychological Health, Meta had a background as a psychiatric social worker and case manager for social service agencies, where she learned to be a strong advocate for her clients.  These clients have included:  mentally ill adults and children, the physically disabled and at-risk elderly and youth, substance use disorder patients (co-occurring disorders) and the “worried well.”  As a case manager for the Department of Family and Children Services, she provided concrete and involuntary services for families and children working for the state of Georgia.  These services included ensuring family had certifying benefits, ensuring all coordinating psychiatric evaluations were completed by contracted providers, implementing childcare services for abused and neglected children, and referring families for services regarding financial management.

Notably, Meta also has experience counseling clients and their families on issues concerning chronic and terminal illness, and serving as a liaison with government and private agencies.   Meta’s other positions have included coordinating therapy groups for a HIV and AIDS population dealing with co-occurring disorders. As a substance use counselor (contracted) for the Georgia Department of Corrections, Meta provided group and individual therapy.  Meta has worked in private practice, hospital settings, prison settings, and dialysis setting.  Meta was able to grow and build knowledge to assist each patient and family that she encounters.

Meta has always had a special affection and rapport with the elderly, having been very close to her grandparents, who helped raise her. She also has special interests in counseling children that are sexually abused, and/or have attachment issues. Meta also has previously provided family therapy.  Other special interests include bereavement therapy, trauma, life transitions, spirituality and therapy, and “sandwich generation” issues. Meta’s professional organizational memberships and affiliations include:  The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association (SMHC).