I am a first-generation American interested in positive youth development and criminal justice reform. My interest in clinical psychology is rooted in both my academic and clinical experiences. During my master’s program in Forensic Psychology at the University of Liverpool, I gained much insight into the dynamics of domestic violence and the complex barriers that minority group members face in accessing mental health services. My research also contributed to the empirical support for needed public policy and support services.
I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College where I acquired assessment and intervention skills in identifying risk factors, supporting resiliencies from a strengths-based perspective, and applying evidence-based and emerging ‘best practice’ treatment approaches to support my client’s emotional well-being. Particularly for those who are underserved, have difficulty accessing, or do not benefit from existing models of care. As a Child/Adolescent Psychology Resident at Denver Health Medical Center, I provided integrated psychological assessment, evidence-based treatment, and psychoeducation to caregivers in an outpatient clinic via telehealth and in-person services. These services included individual treatment that focused on emotion regulation and distress tolerance, psychological assessment, co-facilitating DBT skill,s and family therapy groups.
As a Humanistic psychologist, I believe there is tremendous healing power in relationships and that everyone possesses an innate intelligence that will guide the therapeutic process for their own healing. Additionally, I rely upon skills from empirically supported practices, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I believe that supporting individuals in accessing their internal resources is the key to building resiliency.
“Every family has a story, and I love that those stories are etched in the sand rather than granite. That way we can change them.” - Diane Chamberlain.