#121 Mt. Valley by Charlie Cook
Cathryn Yarbrough, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
I have been a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Nashville for over 20 years.
I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and completed my internship at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center.
My clinical approach is what's called "eclectic" - a blending of my original psychodynamic/psychoanalytic training with the lessons I've learned over time. I want my therapy to be responsive to individual needs, so I shift the approach from psychodynamic to cognitive to systems to behavioral as needed. I try to make the experience of psychotherapy, positive and educational. Skills training is often be an important part of the process, i.e. assertiveness, effective communication, emotion regulation, systematic problem solving, and mindfulness.
Most important to your therapy’s success is that we build a solid relationship where you feel understood, accepted, and respected. I encourage you to be completely honest about what you are experiencing in your therapy, and I will be genuine as well. I always try to give straightforward, compassionate feedback.
My work with couples is also eclectic. I did advance clinician training in Imago Couple Therapy, but now integrate those ideas with the work of my other favorite thinkers in couple therapy: David Schnarch, John Gottman, and Ellyn Bader. I focus on building on the strengths couples already have as well as helping them to develop new skills and deeper understanding of each other. I usually give "homework", but I don't worry if people don't follow through. There is usually a good reason, and understanding that brings progress.
My clinical practice is fairly evenly divided between work with individuals and work with couples. Good individual work can often enhance all personal relationships, and good couple work inevitably leads to growth for the individual.
I find that the skills that contribute to happy marriages tend to be the same skills that make people effective with work relationships. I am always happy to consult with people about how to improve their interpersonal environment at work.