Child Psychology

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Meet our NEW Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Catrece Dantzler!

Children and adolescents have a variety of needs, ranging from mild to severe. Dr. Dantzler can:

  • Help your child or teen who is struggling with anxiety or depression
  • Assist with behavior management issues
  • Experience working with individuals with a history of trauma
  • Individual and Family Therapy

Depressed Teen

More About Dr. Dantzler:

Catrece Dantzler is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who recently earned her Doctorate of Education in Counseling, Education, and Supervision. Dr. Dantzler has been working in the mental health field since March of 2006. Her expertise is in assisting children and families that have experienced traumas, who have mental health diagnoses, and family relational issues.  Using a Cognitive Behavioral approach, she works with clients to create goals that lead to success in all areas of their lives.

Play Therapy

She has worked with individuals that have behavioral difficulties, anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment disorders in addition to individuals that have abused substances.

Dr. Dantzler has been married for over 20 years and have three beautiful yet very active children. She enjoys spending time at church where she has been called to be an Evangelist. She serves on the board of directors for True Divine Community Development and volunteers as the program coordinator for GAME Time Mentoring program. She relaxes by watching Hallmark movies and traveling.


Dr. Dantzler is dedicated to a mission of hope. Whether life has become unmanageable due to a situation or an illness, she is here to let you know that there is hope and through your counseling experience, your life will change in a positive way with personal growth and healing.


To become a new patient:

Dr. Dantzler just joined PMG in February of 2016. She will be taking new patients beginning March 1, 2016.

First, please call your insurance to make sure that Dr. Dantzler is in network with your individual plan. It is the parent’s responsibility to verify this insurance information prior to receiving testing or therapy services. Once this has been verified, then, please fill out the patient registration form by clicking the blue tab on the right side of the page. Make sure to write that your “reason for leaving the previous doctor” is “Psychology Only.” Once you submit this electronically, it will be sent to our staff via a secure email server. We will contact you within 24-48 hours with more information. You will also need to download, print and fill out the intake form found below in PDF format so that Dr. Dantzler can get some of the child’s history. You will need to print this form and bring it by our Phenix City Children’s office prior to your first appointment with Dr. Dantzler.

 Child Psychology Intake Form



Psychologist's Blog Corner

Setting Boundaries with Grandparents
By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. Setting boundaries with our children’s grandparents is hard. We are taught since early childhood that talking back to our elders is not OK. So even when we need to do what we believe is best for our children, setting boundaries with our parents (or our in-laws) can f read more »
Avoiding New Sibling Jealousy
By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. There’s a lot to think about when preparing for a new baby. For families who already have at least one child, that prep work should include making sure older siblings are ready for the new baby. A little preparation before the baby arrives and following a few guidelin read more »
Dr. DeRamus Speaks about Autism Spectrum Disorder in Recognition of Autism Awareness Month 2015
A special thanks to Ms. Diane Pope and the Autism Hope Center for inviting us to participate in April's Autism Support Group Meeting in Recognition of Autism Awareness Month 2015. Dr. Michelle DeRamus, Preferred Medical Group's child psychologist, located at the Phenix City Children's office, specia read more »
Eating Disorders/Body Image in Teens
By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. The first time I remember being aware of my own body image was when I was in second grade. I was on the bus, and a girl a few years older than me asked with a smirk, “Do you think you’re fat? ‘Cause I don’t… I think you’re skinny as a rail.” I didn’t thi read more »
Helping Your Child Deal With a Break Up
By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. Breaking off a romantic relationship is difficult at any age… Parents, here are some ideas about helping your child deal with a break up! Breaking up is hard to do. Helping your child deal with a break-up is hard in a very different way. As parents, we want to pr read more »
Should Children Be Paid for Doing Chores?
Should Children Be Paid for Doing Chores? Here is some insight from Preferred Medical Group's Child Psychologist, Dr. Michelle DeRamus. - Positive reinforcement (i.e., rewards for behaviors you want to see happen again) always goes a long way for developing good habits. It's important to p read more »
Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents in 2015
By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. At the start of a New Year, many have extensively planned rigid weight-loss diets, to spontaneously eradicate unhealthy habits, to achieve personal greatness or to conquer the world in 2015. The sky is the limit. While intentions may be pure, inevitably many of the read more »
Common “Military Family Challenges” Children Experience- Part 2
 By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. It is no secret that the lives of military service members and their families differ greatly from civilian life in a variety of ways. For kids - often deemed military "brats" - the life changes and transitions that come every couple of years when the parent is assigne read more »
Common “Military Family Challenges” Children Experience- Part 1
By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. Each day more and more families are finding homes at Fort Benning and the surrounding areas, including Phenix City, AL, Fort Mitchell, AL and Columbus, GA, in large part due to the military. At Fort Benning, soldiers find the opportunity to join some of the most disti read more »
What to do when your child/teenager won’t talk to you, and when to seek help: a Child Psychologist’s Perspective
By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. As children get older and move into the teen years, it is natural for them to want to spend more time with their friends and open up to them more than to their parents. However, it is remains very important for parents to be involved in their teens’ lives and continue read more »
By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. Focus on your child’s strengths. Find ways to make life more predictable. Make sure your child knows how to ask for a break. Have a “calm down” plan. Understand that theory of mind is impaired. (Theory of mind is the ability to understand that o read more »
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Surviving the Holidays with Kids
By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. Picture this as a mom: The kids are home for the holidays reenacting a loud Star Wars battle all over the house while intermittently screaming and hitting one another with light sabers. Toys are strewn everywhere, your husband is at work, and company is coming for din read more »
Teaching kids… Gratitude
To Brush their Teeth , To Ride a Bike, To be Thankful? By Michelle DeRamus, Ph.D. I usually refrain from listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. But, this year, I found myself already turning the radio station to the familiar jingles and carols early in November. Perhaps I am sw read more »
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