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ABOUT ME

Dr.  Speshál Walker Gautier
a.k.a. “Dr. Spesh”
Owner of D.I.V.E. Therapy & Consulting

Dr. Spesh is a Yale-trained, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, with over a decade of experience in providing psychotherapy. Her style as a therapist is empathic and compassionate, yet direct where needed.  She has experience in treating a broad range of psychological problems but specializes in culturally informed treatment of anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other stress-related disorders.  She has expertise in working with culturally diverse individuals (e.g. Black women and men, Ethnic/Racial minorities/People of Color, LGBTQ+ individuals) and identifies as a cis, straight, LGBTQ ally.  Her clinical and research background has specifically focused on trauma including combat and sexual trauma, women’s mental health, and individuals experiencing marginalization and/or minority stress. Over the years she has given a number of national, state, and local workshops, presentations, invited talks, lectures, and trainings on these topics.  She currently works for an Atlanta-based hospital where she leads a Trauma, Stress, and Anxiety Treatment Track and continues to focus on culturally informed mental health treatment for a range of psychological conditions.  She is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy, a gold standard, evidence-based treatment, shown to alleviate PTSD and symptoms of depression. She currently serves as a clinical supervisor on the Diversity Rotation for Psychology Training at the hospital and also serves as a member of the Diversity Education Committee for Psychology Training.

In her spare time, Dr. Spesh enjoys music and nearly anything outdoors.  When people ask what kind of music, the reply is always “good music.”  It can be a live musician or even recreating her favorite tunes via karaoke, one of her not so hidden talents.  Outdoors, she enjoys hiking, running, and perhaps most importantly patio dining. She left the northeast to escape the brutal winters and loves Atlanta for its warm weather, parks/trails, and countless festivals.  Her biggest gripe with Atlanta is being too far from the beach and the lack of enthusiasm for UConn basketball. 

 

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Dr. Spesh graduated Magna Cum Laude with her B.A. from the University of Connecticut where she double majored in psychology and women studies.  She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UMass Boston and was selected as an APA (American Psychological Association) Minority Fellowship Program Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellow. She completed her doctoral internship at Yale University School of Medicine where she focused on community mental health treatment and providing training and consultation in areas of mental health and diversity inclusion.  She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at West Haven VA-Yale School of Medicine in CT where she continued this work as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation-LGBT Health Fellow.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND SERVICE

Dr. Spesh is a member of American Psychological Association (APA) and the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA). She previously served on the GPA Board of Directors as the Diversity Directorate, Chair of Ethnic Minority Affairs.  Additionally, she has served on the Initial Review Committee for APA’s Minority Fellowship Program.

LICENSURE

Dr. Spesh is currently licensed to practice in the state of Georgia and New York State.  Additionally, she is authorized to practice via telethealth in a number of states via PSYPACT offering accessibility across the country.  See the Telehealth tab for a list of participating states. 

 

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