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Divya Kumar

PhD Practicum Student

Supervised By
Dr. Nathaniel R. Strenger, Licensed Psychologist
Practice Locations
  • Central Office
Areas of Focus
  • Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Educational testing
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
  • Testing and assessments
Languages
  • English
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Currently working on a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Southern Methodist University

Philosophy

I hope to empower clients through a primarily cognitive behavioral therapy lens in order to challenge negative thoughts that arise due to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Through therapy, I hope that clients will be able to not only reduce distressing symptoms that are a result of these disorders or difficult life adjustments, but also learn skills that can continuously be applied outside of session in order to attain their goals and work in line with their values.

As an undergraduate, Divya worked in a research lab examining symptoms of depression and schizophrenia and worked with children with autism doing applied behavioral analysis. After graduating, Divya worked as a research coordinator for The University of California, Davis, managing a treatment study integrating mobile health technology into psychotherapy at three community early psychosis clinics in Northern California.

Before starting at The Center, she provided psychotherapy and psychoeducational assessments to individuals in the SMU Psychology Clinic. Currently, in addition to seeing clients at The Center, Divya works on research and is a research therapist for studies examining treatment outcome and novel therapies for symptoms of disorders such as depression and anxiety.

In her free time, Divya enjoys reading fiction, spending time outdoors, and listening to podcasts. She also enjoys exploring new restaurants in Dallas and spending time with family and friends.

Additional areas of focus:

Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts

Diagnostic testing
Educational testing
Social skills
Stress management
Testing and assessments