Dr. Deborah Buckwalter
As humans, we are frequently challenged with the need to ADJUST-- to unforeseen changes and transitions, to loss, injury, illness, or the pressures of everyday life. Or even to events or processes of our own choosing (a break-up, elective surgery, spiritual quest). As a psychologist, I come alongside people who are struggling with specific challenges, and help them to understand themselves better, cope, problem-solve, and adjust such that life can be lived as fully and genuinely as possible.
Treatment begins with assessment of specific needs and ways you (or others) may be impacted by your difficulties or circumstances. Treatment proceeds as a joint commitment to actively address the issues, taking into account the whole person you are- physical, mental/cognitive, social/interpersonal, and spiritual/philosophical.
The scientific lens through which I view the world is interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), a term coined by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., whose work very much influences my work. IPNB focuses on how a person’s brain, mind, and relationships interact to shape who we are and who we are becoming. As opposed to merely helping you learn to “manage” your problems, I seek to also educate you about these dynamic interactions and help you understand that to a great extent, they can affect the way you view, feel about, and interact with your world.
I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation and in addressing trauma, injury, and illness. I am knowledgeable about brain functioning in specific processes, such as concussion/brain injury, stroke, MS, dementia, or Parkinsons. I also provide psychological assessment with respect to intellectual functioning, personality, and desire for increased personal insight.