Jennifer Lewis, PhD
Hi and Welcome to my practice! I am a clinical psychologist with over twenty years treating individuals, couples and families with a range of psychological issues. My primary focus is on anxiety disorders including Posttraumatic Stress, Panic, and Social Phobia.
Often times these issues are accompanied by symptoms of depression due to the way anxiety interferes with your ability to engage in daily activities. Call the office to make an appointment. Let's meet and discuss your concerns. Together we will come up with a plan for how to minimize the obstacles that have been keeping you from the life you'd like to live!
My Training and Education
I received my Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University.
I then attended Western Michigan University where I received my PhD. The Cincinnati Veteran's Administration is where I completed a one year Internship as well as a one year Post-Doctoral Fellowship both within the PTSD Program, now called the Trauma Recovery Center.
I practice from a Cognitive Behavioral Orientation which means I approach issues from the perspective that our thoughts, beliefs, and judgements of a situation are what create our emotional response to it.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
CBT was developed by Dr. Aaron Beck way back in the 1950's. It was originally developed to help people who were struggling with depression. Through the years, a great deal of research has been conducted using CBT approaches. It was discovered that this modality is useful in treating a number of other issues as well including social anxiety, worry, and phobias as well as Posttraumatic Stress.
How does it work?
Say I pass a co-worker in the hallway at work and say "Good morning". My co-worker doesn't acknowledge me in any way. I might say to myself, "Gosh, how inconsiderate!" (and feel angry) or "Gee, I wonder why she is mad at me?" (and feel sad and worried) or" Oh, I hope everything is okay, she seems really pre-occupied..." (and feel concerned with a plan to check in with her later).
Whichever set of thoughts I assign to the situation will determine how I feel and in turn how I react.
Our thoughts, assessments, beliefs, and judgements about our lives, the world around us, and our interactions with others are very powerful. Most of the time we aren't even aware of what they are or how much they are affecting our emotional state.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches you to begin paying attention to these thoughts, evaluating them and then learning skills for how to change them to better fit the situation. These techniques give you more power over your thoughts and emotions which in turn give you more control over how you react to situations and people in your life.