Vanessa Dzivakwe, Ph.D.

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Individual therapy
Adjustment to illness, injury, and cognitive deficits, Anxiety disorders, Chronic pain, Depression, Grief & loss, Life transitions, Obesity and weight management, Relationship and interpersonal issues, Self-esteem, Work and/or academic stress
Acceptance-based approach, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based approach

My theoretical approach can be best described as integrative, in that I draw from various psychological theories and therapeutic processes to tailor treatment to your unique needs. More specifically, I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process in which we will work together to clarify your presenting concerns and set reasonable goals in order to determine the best treatment plan for you. It is often of benefit to identify patterns of thinking and behavior and the role they may play in your current circumstances. This promotes increased self-awareness and an understanding of their impact on your emotional experience and overall functioning. New insights can help uncover a newfound perception of your current situation and what is needed to lead a more fulfilling life. Lastly, I believe psychotherapy is most effective when you bring an attitude of collaboration, openness, and a willingness to invest time and effort between sessions in working toward change. To the greatest extent possible, I utilize techniques that are supported by scientific research and are culturally appropriate.

I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of North Texas in 2014. During my graduate training, I completed a joint clinical preceptorship at the John Peter Smith Hospital and the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth, Texas. I also completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas, where I worked with military Veterans in the general mental health clinic, inpatient trauma-focused program, and specialized medical settings (e.g., primary care clinics, health promotion disease prevention program, spinal cord injury unit, polytrauma and rehabilitation service, and chronic pain management clinic). Following graduation, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, with additional training in PTSD treatments with Veterans living in rural areas via the VA’s Telemental Health Program. My training has provided proficiencies in psychological assessment and general outpatient psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and groups. Associates in Behavioral Health is a LGBTQ affirmative environment and my practice welcomes referrals from the LGBTQ community.

Aetna, Cigna, First Choice Health Network, Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield

I am also able to accept insurance coverage on an out-of-network basis for a number of insurance panels. It is advised that you contact your insurance company directly to find out if your specific plan offers out of network benefits for mental health services.