My Approach to Helping
While implementing empirically supported interventions, I highly value connecting authentically with my clients.
“I appreciate transparency. What I have found is that the therapeutic relationship is a strong agent of change, and so, I use it. I pay close attention to the present moment, noticing any attachment and interpersonal tendencies that come up between us. This cultivates a rich, non-judgmental awareness of any maladaptive relational patterns. This can be uncomfortable; however, psychotherapy can be uncomfortable. It entails one to courageously face their pain and takes tremendous vulnerability to gain from this process – as such – finding a psychotherapist you trust and feel safe with is essential. I encourage you to be patient with yourself, prioritize your growth, and find that fit.” - Dr. Dziurzyński
I am currently completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship and provide psychotherapy to individuals ages 15 and up. I earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from an APA-accredited program at the University of North Texas.
I value listening intently to the way in which people share their lives, with deep curiosity around one’s perception of both internal and external experiences. Through qualitative analysis of story narratives, my initial graduate research investigated how perspective taking impacted distress recovery. Once I began providing psychotherapy, I grew interested in how significant early relationships impact the recovery process for individuals who are exposed to trauma.
In conjunction with, and inspired by this research, I focused my career on delivering empirically supported treatments, with an emphasis on exposure-based as well as cognitive-behavioral based trauma therapies. As a liaison for trauma inpatients (i.e., Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit) and outpatients at a Level-1 Trauma Medical Center, I worked with medically complex children, adolescents, and adults from diverse ethnic, sexual, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds facing trauma. Furthermore, I went on to work at the Department of Veteran Affairs and earned nationally recognized certification to provide Prolonged Exposure in Primary Care (PE-PC) (i.e., brief trauma-focused treatment of PTSD in the primary care setting). I am also well-versed in Cognitive Processing (CPT) Therapy and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for trauma-treatment. I believe exposure techniques empower clients to live a life of meaning, even in the presence of inevitable strife, conflict, and distress. In addition to trauma-informed work, I often work with individuals who struggle with anxiety disorders, depression, panic disorder, obsessional-compulsive disorder, substance use addiction, adjustment to chronic illness and pain, insomnia, identity issues, anger issues, and relational problems. Please see the "Client Concerns I Treat" list for more information on my areas of clinical focus.
In addition to psychotherapy, I have extensive training in psychological assessment. Individual assessments include intellectual testing, learning disability evaluations, personality testing, diagnosis and treatment planning, and neuropsychological screening. Notably, I am not conducting assessment services at Game to Grow at this time.