Practice

The racism and coronavirus pandemics have revealed the pain and injustice that exists in the United States.  Our field is critically important at this moment in history to both help alleviate the pain and correct the injustice that led to it in the first place. 

 

Practice needs electronic tools and financial support to address the massive need for care that exists in our country, while simultaneously engaging in prevention efforts upstream. 

 

There is room in Practice for our integrated care efforts in medical clinics and schools, as well as more traditional independent and co-located practice.

My consulting practice business cards say, “Caring for Women and Children.”  I consult with nearly all female identified people for treatment, including mothers with babies; girls, teens, and women presenting with eating disorders, domestic violence, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and perinatal mood disorders.  I am improving the psychological health of girls, teens and women utilizing a feminist philosophy in treatment.


I have enjoyed having the opportunity to work as part of the Pediatric service, Psychiatry, OB/Gyn, Family Practice in medical center settings

 

So much of our challenge has to do with money and payment for services rendered.  We need to make the case for value added for the role of psychologists. We need to convince federal and state government of the essential nature of services provided by psychologists, so that these are required by our hospital systems and medical clinics.

 

I have utilized telehealth in various ways, including in pediatric obesity specialty practice, to reach rural patients who would not be able to reach me, due to barriers such as transportation and weather.  I believe we need to continue to make the case for adequate funding to provide high quality services provided by psychologists in healthcare settings in rural areas.     

 

There is room in Practice for our integrated care efforts in medical clinics and schools, as well as more traditional independent and co-located practice.

 

In my practice, I often consult with clients who identify as lesbian or bisexual.  I treat many adolescent girls in a rural community, and I believe my office is perceived as a safe place to come to express thoughts and feelings about gender identity and sexual orientation, without fear of retribution or exposure to guardians.  I do on occasion work with teens who have made the decision to transition, or who may identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming. 

 

Much of my practice has involved work within or for hospital systems, and I am very concerned about medical trauma.


The pandemic has revealed the critical need for psychology and the dearth of qualified providers. Inclusion of our Master’s level colleagues trained in psychology will increase our membership and potentially provide an increase in funding for the critically important work of the APASI.  I believe a range of levels of “helpers,” from the paraprofessional to the doctoral level psychologist, is needed.  The highly trained doctoral psychologist should supervise and provide mentorship to these teams of helpers.

 

We need to defend the doctoral standard for entry into practice as a psychologist.  Simultaneously, we need to establish evidence for improved efficacy in treatment by psychologists to defend the doctoral standard.


Practitioners are inundated with referrals, at a time when their active clients are struggling to cope and suffering due to both the COVID and racism pandemics. It has been very difficult to practice self-care during the pandemic.  APA should prioritize providing resources for self-care for practitioners.

 

Telehealth has opened a window of opportunity for clients to be readily treated, which has benefitted many, including the underserved and those living in rural areas.  PsyPact offers the possibility of more easily practicing across state lines.  

 

As President, I will put my energy into prioritizing the needs of practitioners, using my advocacy skills to obtain critically needed financial resources for Practice.  


I direct a rural consulting practice in Hampden, Maine, where I have created a space for practicing psychologists to care for the public through psychotherapy.  In my own practice, I have utilized psychotherapy in medical center settings (St. Mary’s Medical Center, Eastern Maine Medical Center [EMMC]) through individual and family therapy.  I have also utilized telemedicine to work with children and teens in an integrated specialty care setting addressing pediatric obesity.  I have also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maine-Orono, training predoctoral psychology students in psychotherapy as part of their practicum placements at The Acadia Hospital and EMMC’s Way to Optimal Weight.  I have presented internationally on my work in rural integrated care (Milan; Yokohama; Porto; Amsterdam; Montreal) and understand the importance of a global perspective.
 

Diana has been endorsed by:

- Division 29, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 

- Division 42, Psychologists in Independent Practice