About Dr. Grace Waite
Dr. Grace Waite is a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Samantha Winton. She specializes in the treatment of college age students, mood and anxiety disorders, and family of origin concerns. Dr. Waite works from a foundational psychodynamic and family systems lens while incorporating additional evidence-based approaches, such as CBT and DBT. She enjoys helping clients achieve greater understanding of their emotions and behaviors so that they can have comfort and confidence navigating their lives and relationships.
Dr. Waite has had focused training in university counseling centers working with individuals pursuing highly demanding academic, music, and arts careers. In these settings, Dr. Waite has helped clients to develop greater insight into their identity and their relationships with others, while addressing mood and anxiety concerns that may be impacting their day to day functioning. Dr. Waite has worked with a variety of presenting concerns with particular experience working with depression, family dynamics, trauma, self-esteem, and LGBT+ issues.
Dr. Waite utilizes a collaborative approach to help her clients reach unique goals for treatment. She believes that the therapeutic space should foster hope as clients explore challenges in their present and difficult experiences in their past. Dr. Waite works to create a non-judgmental space in which her clients can grow at their own pace while also challenging unhelpful coping skills that are no longer serving them.
Dr. Waite earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and her doctorate in Clinical psychology from William James College. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Florida State University Counseling Center where she worked with individual, couples, and groups navigating the challenges of undergraduate and graduate education as well as interpersonal concerns, identity development, and family dynamics.
Dr. Grace Waite: Specialties
Our families are our first experiences with understanding ourselves and others. Challenges in our families growing up can inform how we see ourselves and our expectations for how others treat us. For some, it may be difficult setting boundaries and taking care of themselves before taking care of others. For others, it may be difficult to open up to others who they would like to trust. Through exploring your unique family dynamics, we can work to foster greater understanding of how to navigate relationships in a way that best serves you and those you care for most.
The therapeutic group space has been called a social laboratory. With fellow group members, we can explore the ways that we relate to others in the safety of a space where feedback comes from a place of respect and care. Group can also be a place where you can share challenging stories and learn from others who may have had similar experiences. Together the group space can be a powerful force for growth and connections to others.
There is no one type of trauma, and every individual has a unique understanding of what may be a traumatic experience for them. What is similar, is the way that trauma, both recent or historical, can impact how we perceive the world and our relationship to others. Our sense of safety in the world and trust in others can feel fundamentally changed. Together we can work to process these experiences and develop in-the-moment coping skills to help with navigating emotions that may feel overwhelming or scary. In doing so, we can work to access your sense of strength and resilience. You can develop greater control of the narrative, so that these experiences can be just one part, but not your whole story.
Whether it is moving away from home and attending college or beginning your career, the first years of adulthood can feel overwhelming and uncertain. During these years, you may notice yourself developing an understanding of who you are that is different from who you were in childhood and who others in your life may have expected you to be. I will create a supportive space in which you can develop greater understanding of yourself and your place in the world while also navigating the unique relationship and career challenges of being a young adult.
Mood related concerns can feel like they take over all other aspects of our lives. Our goals for the future, our daily functioning, and our relationships can all feel colored by longstanding feelings of sadness and detachment. I will help you develop greater understanding of the core beliefs and experiences which may be informing your feeling of depression while also helping you to identify the unique copings skills that will help you to access the feelings of hope and joy that may feel far away
CBT — Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT is an evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety and depression. It focuses on identifying emotions and thoughts and uses cognitive restructuring (reframing thoughts) as well as behavioral changes to improve mood, decrease anxiety, and feel more in control of ones emotions and life.
Mindfulness – Mindfulness is a practice of turning ones attention to the present moment. It is a practice of noticing thoughts, feelings, and intentions through breath work in an effort to feel more safe, calm, and present. It is often incorporated within other therapy techniques, however it has been shown to be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression.
Group Therapy – Group therapy can be a highly effective way to access mental health care, receive feedback in a safe setting, and grow interpersonally. I am passionate about group therapy and hope to provide high quality group therapy at Integrated Care Clinic.
Family Systems – Family Systems is a type of family therapy that evaluates how the family connect, communicate, and interact with each other. It is helpful for families struggling with communication, boundaries or rules, and emotional expression.
Family Systems – Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on self-reflection and self-examination. It is helpful for clients who seek to further develop their own understanding of themselves and evaluate how their unconscious thoughts and memories may impact them as adults and within their relationships.