About Dr. Rebecca Crecraft
Dr. Rebecca Crecraft is a licensed clinical psychologist and Certified Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Therapist. Dr. Crecraft has a passion for working with clients who have experienced trauma, re-develop a sense of safety and regain control of their lives. She assists clients in replacing negative life patterns that are keeping them from moving forward and creating healthy boundaries and coping skills that will lead to healthier and more fulfilling lives.
In addition to her interest in helping her clients recover from trauma, Dr. Crecraft also treats depressed or anxious teens or adults, young adults transitioning into college, and couples having a hard time communicating, parenting, or just getting along. In Dr. Crecraft’s 12 years of experience, she has worked with clients aged 3 to 85 in numerous settings such as Baker Act receiving facilities, schools, homes, crisis lines, community mental health clinics, and private practices.
Dr. Crecraft is also an Intensively Trained (level 3) Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapist. She works with clients who identify as ‘over-controlled’ including those struggling with loneliness, connecting authentically with others, and persistent high-achievement that impacts happiness and relationships. RO-DBT is an evidence-based treatment for disorders of over-control including anorexia nervosa, chronic depression, maladaptive perfectionism, chronic anxiety, and autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. Crecraft earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida, a masters degree from Pepperdine University, and her doctorate from Alliant International University. Dr. Crecraft completed her residency at the Wright Institute, Los Angeles, one of the nation’s leading training programs for psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has since attended a certification program in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as being an Intensively Trained Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapist (RO-DBT). Dr. Crecraft uses evidenced based treatments to target problem behaviors for clients and get them feeling like themselves again.
Trauma can shatter your sense of security, and leave you feeling worried, numb or untrusting of others. I help teens and adults who have experienced traumas such as sexual assault, physical or emotional abuse, divorce, car accident, or loss of a loved one. I use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to process thoughts related to the trauma, as well as improve emotion regulation, and gain a sense of safety.
Being in a relationship isn’t easy! Arguing with your partner, moving past infidelity, being on the same page about parenting, disagreements about finances, difficulty communicating. It can leave you feeling hopeless and unsure of what to do next. I can help you learn how to communicate, compromise, co-parent, and rebuild trust to improve the overall quality of your relationship.
Being a college student is stressful! From tests, roommates, being away from home, sadness, sexuality/identity, worry, food and body issues, to sexual assault, being in college can bring up a lot. I work with college students at Eckerd College, USF-SP, SPC, and those taking a break from college to provide evidenced based treatments to address the unique problems that you are dealing with. I can teach you tools, provide support, problem solve, work through trauma, practice communication skills etc to get you back to enjoying all that college has to offer!
Life is stressful! Sadness, worry, and stress can make you feel like you are drowning. I can teach you coping skills to challenge negative thoughts that are keeping you stuck, examine the facts of the things that you are worried about, relax different muscle groups to release tension from your body, think through worries and problem solve ahead of time, use grounding skills to bring you back from a panic attack, and surf self-harm urges etc. We will use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and practice these tools together to get you back to managing your life!
Depression and anxiety can leave you feeling drained, controlled by your negative or anxious thoughts, and trapped by an overwhelming sense of sadness or worry. It can feel like a fog that seems like it will never lift. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to identify and challenge negative thinking patterns that are no longer serving you in your life, and teach you tools to better manage symptoms to finally get you feeling good!
Training & Certifications
Certified Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Intensively Trained Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapist
2-year Intensive Psychoanalytic / Interpersonal Psychotherapy
STARRT – Sexual Trauma and Risk Reduction Therapy
ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Exposure Response Prevention
- Motivational Interviewing
CBT — Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, and some eating disorders. I utilize CBT to help my clients understand how their thoughts affect how they feel and subsequently how they behave. We link these together to better understand areas we can implement change and improve quality of life by decreasing symptoms such as worry, loneliness, panic, avoidance, and sadness.
RO-DBT — Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy
RO-DBT- Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for disorders of ‘overcontrol’, which include chronic depression and anxiety, anorexia nervosa, perfectionism, autism, and some personality disorders such as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. The main objective of RO-DBT is to help people connect authentically and intimately to others – and subsequently, the main concern of people entering RO-DBT is loneliness.
TF-CBT — Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for trauma that involves a period of skill-building to bolster coping skills prior to developing a trauma narrative. This treatment can be effective for a single traumatic episode or chronic or prolonged trauma. The objective is for clients to be able to withstand the thoughts, emotions, and sensations of past events without having heightened activation. Basically, I help my clients move past their trauma, so it doesn’t have such an impact on their life and relationships.
IP — Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Interpersonal Psychotherapy or Psychodynamic is a longer-term therapy that identifies patterns, themes, and communications between self and others. We examine previous relationships, current relationships, as well as childhood and upbringing in order to facilitate changes that improve self-worth, relationships, and self-esteem.
DBT — Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for disorders of ‘undercontrol’ such as borderline personality disorder, ADHD, Bulimia Nervosa, and others. It helps clients regulate their emotions by implementing structured coping skills and accountability practices that seek to improve relationships, stability, and health.
ERP — Exposure Response Prevention
Exposure Response Prevention is an evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, and panic disorder. It uses exposure therapy to help clients systematically desensitize from the feared stimulus (e.g. heights, public speaking).
MI — Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing is a brief form of therapy that is meant to help people who are feeling stuck identify obstacles and facilitate change so they can live by their values and goals. It is goal driven, directive, and seeks to uncover resistance through identifying discrepancies, reflective listening, and empathy.