Abbie VanDerWegeAbbie VanDerWege, Ph.D.video-icon

Licensed Psychologist

"I believe in our ability to overcome challenges and grow from difficult experiences. We struggle, however, when certain circumstances bring up painful thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations that we can't seem to shake. I work with clients to help them more effectively manage those painful expeiriences so that they can focus on developing full, rich, and meaningful lives. I emphasize providing clients with a safe and secure space to expore their feelings, discuss their perspectives on self and relationships, and practice life-enhancing behaviors. I draw from cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, psychodynamic, and holistic health approaches and employ evidence-based therapies. I also provide psychological assessment and testing."

Special Interests

Anxiety, Trauma, Difficultly in relationships, Chronic pain, Low self-esteem, Depression and mood swings, Health concerns, Trouble managing stress, Cutting/Self-injury, Difficulty adjusting to change, Body image concerns, Substance misuse, Issues related to cultural background, gender, or sexual orientation, Psychological testing

Experience

• Psychologist, Child & Family Psychological Services, 2011-Present
• Predoctoral Psychology Intern, Battle Creek VA Medical Center, 2010-2011
• Personal Counseling GA, Western Michigan University Counseling & Testing Center, 2009-2010
• Family Therapist, Bethany Christian Services, 2006-2007

Education

• PhD, Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University, 2011
• MA, Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University, 2006
• Graduate Certificate, Holistic Health, Western Michigan University, 2006
• BA, Psychology, Kalamazoo College, 2004