Education and Clinical Experiences
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Tennessee- Knoxville
APA Accredited Internship: Appalachian State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center
M.A. Experimental Psychology, University of Alabama in Huntsville
B.A. Psychology, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Dr. Clark is a licensed psychologist with over 18 years of clinical experience. Prior to relocating to Arizona, she was a Staff Psychologist and an Associate Director/Director of Training for the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. These experiences helped her develop into a generalist with a multitude of clinical interests and specialty areas. She greatly enjoyed working with people to help develop their life goals, learn adaptable coping skills, explore their strengths and growth edges.
After moving into the private practice realm of psychology, Dr. Clark realized the importance of gaining training and experience in evidence-based clinical approaches. In this endeavor, she specialized in the treatment of trauma and attachment-based modalities.
Dr. Clark recognizes that there are no “cookie cutter approaches” to address all challenges in life with every unique individual and as a result, uses a variety of approaches in working with clients to meet their goals. She seeks to understand the impact of a client’s life experiences, family history, personality, values, etc. on their development and relationships with others.
Her primary theoretical orientations are attachment-based therapies (insight-oriented) which include exploring a person’s earlier life, childhood and family of origin to better understand how they viewed the world – made sense of things from a child-perspective with limited information.
Occasionally, people have difficulty identifying what they want to change in their lives or even if they should change anything. Therapy with a trained professional can assist a person in exploring the key aspects of their lives. Sometimes people simply need a safe outlet to explore the challenges and other times, people wish to either change habits or to lessen the impact of past experiences in their current lives.
Dr. Clark enjoys helping individuals who have ambivalence about making changes by helping them gain insight into the role and function of behaviors or patterns that are no longer effective.