D Pith MA
Intensive Outpatient Programs Extern
Hello! I am a third-year doctoral student at Pacific University with a Master’s degree in clinical psychology. I moved from NW Montana over a decade ago to obtain my Bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College and I stayed because Portland feels like home. As a clinician, I have provided short- and long-term psychotherapy in outpatient clinics and college counseling. My therapeutic approach prioritizes gaining insight into patterns of thought and behavior that make it seem like we’re stuck on repeat or leave us feeling defeated and to work together through those patterns with new skills, new experiences, or new understandings. To say the same thing in more technical language, I utilize a psychodynamic framework and incorporate mentalization-based interventions and skills borrowed from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and other approaches. I have education and experience in gender identity development and working with trans and queer patients. I understand that these identities and others uniquely impact our experiences of mental health and strive to incorporate this awareness into treatment.
Some of my areas of clinical interest include trauma and dissociation, anxiety, personality and personality disorders, and identity exploration. I see patients through the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).