Therapists:

James (Jeff) Bickers, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Jeff joined Valdosta Psychiatric Associates in March 2000. He graduated from Valdosta State University with a BS degree in Psychology in 1986, a Master/s degree in Sociology, concentrating in Family Sociology, in 1990, and received his Post Master's Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1995. Jeff was the Adolescent Unit Program Director at Greenleaf Center from 1992 through 1995 where he developed and implemented adolescent programs, supervised clinicians and nursing staff, conducted educational workshops, as well as provided counseling services. Jeff is a clinical member of AAMFT since 2003. Jeff is certified to facilitate classes from Active Parenting of Teens and Children. He specializes in the treatment of adolescents, adults, families, and couples suffering with depression, anxiety and abuse issues.

Mary Fulp-Pye, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in a variety of areas in mental health for over 30 years. Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia in 1975 and her Masters degree in Social Work from UGA in 1977. Mary's experience includes Director of Intermediate Psychiatric Facility, Director of hospital social work, discharge planning, hospice and home health, geriatric mental health in the outpatient setting, neonatal and pediatric crisis, grief work at the third largest hospital in the United States. She has provided consulting services for Head Start, area school systems, psychiatric hospitals, 12 skilled nursing facilities, adoption agencies, mental retardation facilities, home health agencies, rehabilitation hospitals, and dialysis centers. Mary is an Adjunct Professor at Valdosta State University. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Barry College in Miami, Florida, the University of Miami, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and Alabama State College in Montgomery, AL. She served on the Alabama Social work licensing committee, and was a consultant for the Southeastern Hospital Association on discharge planning and social work. Mary is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She has been a licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1980. She served many years supervising social workers obtaining their LCSW. Mary has served as field instructor for Florida State University, Valdosta State University, University of Georgia, Troy State University, University of Miami, Barry College, and the University of Alabama. In addition, Mary was on the committee that stringently worked and established the Master's of Social Work Program at Valdosta State University. Mary joined Valdosta Psychiatric Associates in July 2003. She has over 12 years experience in the private practice setting. Mary specializes in working with those who have experienced grief and trauma, as well as those with marital and family issues. She enjoys working with all ages, and is especially talented working with children.

Michael Capece, PhD, LPC received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Walsh College in Canton, Ohio in 1976. He received his Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Akron in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Florida in 1991. Dr. Capece joined Valdosta Psychiatric Associates in 2005. He is a Professor in the nationally accredited applied/clinical sociology program in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Valdosta State University, where he has been on the VSU faculty for the past 13 years. He has over 25 years practice experience as a licensed therapist, clinical supervisor, and program evaluator. He holds licenses as a Professional Counselor in Georgia, and as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor in Florida. In addition to his clinical work, he has carried out program evaluations for substance abuse programs, after-school programs, and an alternative school. His areas of clinical expertise are substance abuse, marital/family counseling, and adolescents. In addition, he conducts the Impaired Professionals Group for Valdosta Psychiatric Associates that serves professionals coping with alcohol and substance abuse issues.

Rex Crawford, LMFT earned his Master's degree in Family Sociology from Valdosta State University in 1993 and his Post-Master Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1997. Rex is a license Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Georgia. In 2006, Rex earned his Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, which prepared him to assist individuals to recover from illnesses such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Rex has worked in the community mental health clinics, nursing home setting, and more recently in psychiatric rehabilitation day programs. Rex joined Valdosta Psychiatric Associates in 1999. Rex began one of the first nursing home ethics committees in the area and currently sits on the ethics committee for the local community mental health program. He also serves on SGMC's bioethics committee. He specializes in assisting patients coping with depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and bipolar disorder. His training in family issues makes him well prepared to assist couples with difficult marital issues or conduct family therapy to address issues among family members.

Diane K. McPipkin, LMFT received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Valdosta State University in 1992, her Master degree in Sociology in 1995, and Post Maters Certificate in Marriage and Family therapy in 1999 from Valdosta State University. Diane joined Valdosta Psychiatric Associates in July 2001 as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She also works at Greenleaf Center in Valdosta. Diane specializes in individual, family, couple, marriage and post divorce counseling. She enjoys counseling those suffering from depression, anxiety, sexual and emotional abuse, communication issues, marital conflict, grief and loss, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Diane is a member of the Georgia Association of Marriage & Family Therapy.

Barbara Chapman, LCSW is the newest member to join Valdosta Psychiatric Associates in 2007. A long time resident of Valdosta, Barbara graduated from the Valdosta School system and obtained a BS in Sociology in 1999, a Master's of Sociology in 2001, and Post Master's Certificate in Social Work in 2003, from Valdosta State University. Barbara has vast history working with children and families due to her past work as a social worker for the Valdosta City School System. While working with the school system she worked closely with children and families to identify their needs and provide necessary referrals to local resources. Additionally, she has worked as a case manager for Child Protection Services with The Department of Family and Children's services. In this capacity she assisted in the identification of neglect and abuse and worked to ensure the preservation of the family unit. Barbara has also worked as a medical social worker for dialysis patients, providing crisis intervention and discharge planning. Barbara has worked as a clinical therapist at an outpatient counseling center where she provided services to individuals, families, and groups with complex issues from today's world. Barbara is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and Lowndes County Prevent Child Abuse Council and serves on the advisory board of Lowndes Drug Action Counsel. We are very glad to welcome Barbara to private practice. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Barbara's interest is in working with children and families who are experiencing difficulties due to the unexpected challenges faced in their daily lives.