Dr. Jayna Burleigh graduated with a Bachelors degree in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from Kutztown University, and obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Widener University’s Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology. She has had clinical experience working within both inpatient and outpatient settings and with many different populations, including but not limited to those with serious and persistent mental illness, chronic and relational trauma, identity exploration, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and general stress.
Working from a relational psychodynamic foundation, Jayna believes the relationship between client and therapist is critical in helping to understand why certain things might cause clients pain as well as in helping to facilitate growth and change that clients want and need. Using a trauma-informed approach, treatment frequently focuses on the uncovering and expression of emotions and the integration of new insights into how clients understand themselves in order to move forward in their journey of self-awareness. Additionally, techniques from treatment modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are at times integrated to help develop skills for coping and regulation to best support clients in reaching their mental health goals and provide a foundation on which to build from. Jayna feels that clients are the expert of their own experience, and, therefore, collaboration in therapy between the client and therapist is important to help clients feel safe, empowered, and secure, in order to best work together to maximize their wellness.