Member spotlight: Dr. Paris Finner-Williams.
Subject: Psychologists (Services)
Psychologists (Achievements and awards)
Author: Finner-Williams, Paris
Pub Date: 12/22/2009
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Winter, 2009 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information
Product: Product Code: 8043300 Psychologists NAICS Code: 62133 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians) SIC Code: 8049 Offices of health practitioners, not elsewhere classified
Persons: Named Person: Finner-Williams, Paris; Finner-Williams, Paris
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 216961299
Full Text: For Dr. Paris Finner-Williams. lending assistance to others means helping them transform their lives through self-knowledge and self-empowerment. The licensed psychologist and attorney is the founder and chief executive officer of Detroit-based Finner-Williams and Associates Psychological Services, created in 1979.

"I love people and I think it's very important to help them understand the origins of their behavior, their thoughts and emotions, and empower them to break generational curses and learn better ways to enhance the quality of their lives," Dr. Firmer-Williams said. She and her husband Robert Williams co-authored two books: Single Wisdom and How To Develop A Church-Based Christian Counseling Ministry. They travel the country conducting workshops and helping people enhance their romantic relationships.

As a popular guest on radio and television, Dr. Finner-Williams addresses male-female relationships and motivational issues. She has also appeared on the "Dinky Broadcasting Network's (TBN) Praise The Lord program as a repeated interview guest of Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Christian Television Network with Pastor Glenn Plummet. Her psychological, counseling, and legal services include these issues as well as family law and probate matters.

"I'm a preacher's kid." Dr. Firmer-Williams said. "I was raised in a very religious home and was raised to have compassion for individuals and do what we can to help everyone be as happy a they can."

She opened her law practice, Paris M. Finner-Williams. Esq., Re., in 1991. and also handles divorce matters. "If I can't help you with your marriage, I can help you with a peaceful divorce." she quipped.


Dr. Finner-Williams was born and raised in Detroit and holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Detroit. a master's of education degree in educational psychology from Wayne State University, a doctor of philosophy degree in psychological counseling from the University of Michigan, and a juris doctorate from the Detroit College of Law, which is now a department at the Michigan State University.


In her 23 years as a mental health department administrator, Dr. Finner-Williams developed a number of programs that aided people with developmental disabilities. She created and managed the Job Seeking Skills Training Program for the State of Michigan Michigan Rehabilitation Services to assist people with emotional, mental, and physical disabilities become gainfully employed. She established and managed the Wayne County Family Support Subsidiary Program that provides a monthly stipend to families with developmentally disabled children so that their child can be maintained at home. In addition, Dr. Finner-Williams also managed the Wayne County Probate Court Pre-Screening Program and the Wayne County Jail Mental Health Department.

She provides consultation and training to both public and private agencies and organizations in the areas of group dynamics, forensic psychology, client assessment, and mental health treatment.


She received the 2006 Distinguished Psychologist of the Year Award, the 2007 National Council of Negro Women-Detroit Section's "Phenomenal Women" Award, 2000-2003 International Association of Black Psychologists, Inc. Service Awards, the 2004 American Business Women's Association Business Associate Award, and other local and national recognition for her contributions and leadership in the mental health field.

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