Dr. Harrison is a postdoctoral fellow who achieved her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology (WSPP), a small, APA-accredited clinical psychology program in Milwaukee, WI. She completed her clinical internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Tallahassee, FL.
Dr. Harrison has over 5 years of experience providing therapeutic services and interventions to a variety of individuals. Throughout her doctoral training and employment experiences she has had the opportunity to provide treatment at a variety of clinical settings including but not limited to residential/outpatient substance abuse facilities, community clinics, private practice, rehabilitation and nursing facilities, Veteran Affairs (VA), and Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
In therapy, She has worked with a wide range of clinical presentations and concerns including but not limited to; depressed mood, anxiousness, grief, trauma, communication difficulty, stress, interpersonal conflict, substance abuse, severe and persistent mental illness, adjustment problems, dysregulated mood, personality disorders, and problematic sexual behaviors. She has experience conducting psychological evaluations for diagnostic clarification. She also has experience completing Sex Offender Evaluations and treatment in the correctional and community setting.
Dr. Harrison is a professional and compassionate provider who uses her advanced skills in active listening to provide feedback and support. She challenges thought distortions while partnering with her clients to create effective strategies for change. She presents as open minded and nonjudgmental which allows for unrestricted discussion. Dr. Harrison believes that there is something appealing about many orientations, as they often have aspects that resonate as being beneficial to the client in the moment. She enjoys figuring out which one is most compatible to the way you understand yourself and your environment. She has found that CBT can be reasonably implemented in many settings and situations. It can also be proactive in nature as it attempts to anticipate problems that may arise and provide clients with skills to cope with their identified concerns. Flexibility is key!
Dr. Flegner earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a double major in psychology and Spanish. She achieved Masters and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Flegner is a licensed psychologist with more than 5 years experience in private practice and 10 years experience providing counseling. In addition to having her own practice that focuses on evaluations for disability and for immigration, she is also the psychology supervisor at a county jail, teaches at a graduate school, and supervises other clinicians. She is licensed in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Virginia. In therapy, she has worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, legal problems, and personality disorders. She has also helped many people who have experienced physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse.
Dr. Flegner's practice is quite diverse, as she enjoys learning and growing in different areas of psychology. Her approach to therapy incorporates various theoretical orientations, but with underlying Rogerian principles of client centered treatment. What does that mean? Rogers highlighted the therapeutic relationship as a fundamental key to therapy. Values include empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence/authenticity. Therefore, initially in therapy we strive to get to know you, the client. Moreover, we want to learn about your goals for therapy, and how we can collaboratively reach those goals.
Based on your goals, Dr. Flegner incorporates applicable theoretical orientations such as cognitive behavioral therapy, which explores the way one’s thoughts and feelings impact their behavior; or a similar approach, rational emotive therapy, which identifies self-defeating thoughts and feelings, challenges the rationality of those feelings, and replaces them with healthier, more productive beliefs. She also supports behavioral activation, which involves the client regularly scheduling prosocial, enjoyable activities that facilitate coping and improve mood.