Dr. Colleen Fleming

Clinical Psychologist, Psy. D.

I am curious about your story, your experiences, and what brings you to therapy. In our work together we explore your lived experiences through story. Your stories help us understand “the problem” in unique and remarkable ways. We collaborate to identify skills, values, and beliefs that will assist in developing a new perspective to the problem. In the words of Narrative Therapy’s founders, “the problem is the problem, not the person.”

Problems can come in many forms, such as uncomfortable emotions and feelings, difficult life transitions, and relationship struggles. We explore the problem together in a gentle, non-blaming, and respectful manner. We then working together to reconstruct the stories which can change your relationship with the problem. This approach is primary rooted in narrative therapy, which uses storytelling and collaboration as keys to achieving therapeutic change.

Another aspect to working with me is experiencing my loving therapy dogs Oliver, a Labrador Retriever, and Emma a Miniature Dachshund, virtually or in person Their involvement in the therapy is elective. Bringing therapy dogs into therapeutic work offers another opportunity to experience acceptance and support.

My practice experience spans 20 years. I earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Chestnut Hill College where I received specialized training in family therapy as well as psychodynamic theories and practice. I have a master’s degree in counseling psychology from New York University where I was trained in psychoanalysis. As well as a Diploma in Counseling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology where I was introduced to narrative therapy techniques and philosophies.  In addition, I incorporate therapy dogs into my practice, using Animal Assisted Therapy (AAI). I have integrated my training in narrative therapy, psychodynamic perspectives, family systems therapy, and AAI to create a unique and supportive therapeutic process. I also have training in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

“The ocean of suffering is immense, but if you turn around, you can see the land.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

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