Lanier earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University in Ohio. She obtained a master’s in Forensic Psychology and a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling — both from Marymount University in Virginia. Lanier holds a certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia and Georgia. She is an active member in the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA) of Georgia, and the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA).
Lanier specializes in working with adults who are struggling with substance use and/or mood disorders. She has extensive experience in working with the criminal justice system and spent about 7 years working in Adult Drug Courts in Virginia prior to moving back home to Georgia. In this field, she has worked with a wide variety of individuals who have struggled with addiction and mental health disorders as the therapist, the case manager, and the coordinator or director of these court programs. Since moving back to Georgia, Lanier has been in private practice and worked as the Clinical Director of two detox programs and a short-term residential program. She is certified in Moral Reconation Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional–all of which she finds useful in a multitude of populations. Lanier has the mindset that the therapeutic alliance is the foundation of effective intrapersonal work.