Joan Clayton, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with individuals of all ages in outpatient and inpatient settings. She received her Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and completed three years of a combined APA-accredited internship and fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division.
Since moving to Texas, Dr. Clayton has been a staff psychologist with the Department of Dr. Clayton provides individual and couple’s psychological services addressing various problem areas including anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and OCD. In addition, she helps clients with specific issues such as anger, relationship difficulties, organizational and memory problems, chronic pain, sleep issues, weight control, and changes associated with life transitions and aging. She recognizes and appreciates the diversity represented by her clients and is responsive to addressing concerns from the client’s unique experience and understanding.
Dr. Clayton utilizes a wide range of treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral (CBT), solution-focused, narrative, and compassion-focused therapies; coaching strategies; mindfulness; and principles based in humanistic and positive psychology. She believes in the importance of establishing a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship with her clients and tailoring her approach to the concerns of each individual at each stage of their progress. She works collaboratively with clients to identify and reinforce successful coping skills; build self-confidence; and draw upon inner strengths and resiliency. Clients are encouraged to replace troubling and self-defeating thoughts, feelings, and behavior with a more positive, self-affirming perspective for personal growth and well-being.