Vanessa Welch-Pemberton PsyD
I received my Bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington (2006). I received both my Master's and Doctorate Degrees in Clinical psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, Springfield, Missouri (2011). I completed my internship with the Heart of America Training Consortium in Lebanon, Missouri with a focus on rural community health and integrated healthcare. Once I completed licensure requirements I began private practice in Poulsbo, Washington from 2011-2016 offering individual psychotherapy and assessment services for a multitude of concerns. I then had an opportunity to work alongside Physicians at Samaritan Health Systems in Albany and Corvallis Oregon from 2017-2020. During this time I worked in Primary Care/Internal Medicine, OBGYN, and created a program for behavioral health with cardiac patients, working both inpatient and outpatient with specialty providers including Cardiologists and Cardiothoracic surgeons.
I have had experience working with a wide range of concerns including grief/bereavement, end of life, depression, anxiety/panic, adjustment to chronic health concerns, adjustment to cardiac events, adjustment pre and post surgery, adjustment to age related development and retirement, PTSD, and diabetes distress.
I have training in a variety of empirically based theoretical orientations, but developing a trusting relationship is always my first objective with any person I see. My theoretical training includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I also utilize Motivational Interviewing as a tool when indicated.
I love to spend time with my family, both immediate and extended. I am an avid reader, and I love a good mystery. I also enjoy gardening and hands on projects around the house.
15-17, 18-64, 65+
Depression, Grief/Death, Postpartum Depression , PTSD, Stress Management, Men's Issues, Women’s Issues, Persistent (Chronic) Pain, Abuse, Anxiety/Fears/Phobia/Panic Attacks