We all struggle at different points in life. There are times when we need support to gain perspective and make changes that help us find happiness and a sense of meaning in our lives.
As a psychologist, my doctoral training is founded in the practitioner-scientist model. I help individuals, men, women, and adolescents (14 and up), work through a variety of issues such as life transitions, anxiety and depression, stress management, intimacy and relationships, sexuality, history of trauma, fears of vulnerability, and desire to live a more meaningful and authentic life.
My treatment orientation and approach are rooted in Jungian analytical psychology and relational psychodynamic therapy. Through this in-depth psychotherapy, I work with individuals to explore the cause of struggle and to improve overall wellness and fulfillment by gaining an understanding of the relationship patterns and unconscious processes that influence one’s development throughout life. I am trained in advanced dream translation, which can be used on its own in a coaching capacity or as an adjunct to psychotherapy.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is also available as highly researched therapy proven effective for helping people to work through traumatic or highly distressing experiences, leading to relief of symptoms and improved resolution. For short-term, solution-focused goals in treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based techniques are also used in treatment.
In our work I will always incorporate an understanding of how our brains and bodies respond to stress and trauma. Through a trusting and confidential therapeutic relationship, I will help you to identify and let go of old fears, beliefs, patterns and expectations that may be standing in the way of your ability to enjoy life. Our goal is not perfection, but a greater sense of wholeness.
In a therapy session, you can expect that I will listen actively to what you have to say and ask questions to help us gain insight into your situation. My training and experience allow me to hear the truth of what is underlying your difficulties. It is important to me that at the end of our session, you will have felt understood and supported, with a sense of hope and direction for improvement.
Dr. Calkins is a co-owner of Associates in Family Psychology, is a Past-President of the Calusa Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association and a current member of the American Psychological Association, Division 51 and Division 35. She currently serves as a Board Member-at-Large for APA Division 51 (Society for Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities).
Florida Licensed Psychologist #PY6814
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: Florida Institute of Technology (APA Approved), 2002
Archetypal Pattern Analyst Program: Assisi Institute, The International Center for the Study of Archetypal Patterns (In Progress)
Advanced Dream Patterning Certificate: Assisi Institute, The International Center for the Study of Archetypal Patterns (May, 2023)
EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Therapist, 2020
Internship: Medical College of Ohio/NW Ohio Consortium (APA Approved) 2001
Master’s Degree in Psychology: Florida Institute of Technology (APA Approved), 2000
Dr. Calkins provides individual psychotherapy for ages 14 and up.
Hours: Dr. Calkins' hours are typically Monday through Wednesday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Thursday and Friday 9:00am to 2:00pm.
Dr. Calkins is a provider for Lee Health Employee Health Plans (Key Benefit Adm)
and Physician members of the Lee County Medical Society's Physician Wellness Program.