Katrina Simpson-McCleary

What do I do at the Counseling Center?

I am an associate director of the center, the Psy.D. practicum coordinator, the LGBTQIQAP+ liaison, and a licensed clinical psychologist.

What's it like to work with me?

In my clinical work, I emphasize quality relationships, compassion, growth, and humor.  These create the background for the work completed in sessions with me.  In addition to an interpersonal and multicultural framework, I incorporate cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and narrative approaches.  While I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients, I am especially interested in working with students from marginalized groups.  I find a focus on multicultural identity development, trauma and resilience, and gender (identity, expression, socialization, etc.) particularly rewarding.

What do I do at JMU outside of the Counseling Center?

I am excited to be the LGBTQIQAP+ liaison for the Center, and to serve on the LGBTQ & ALLY Education Program’s board.  In addition, I sincerely enjoy the opportunity to invest in the development of future clinicians; accordingly, I teach our Psy.D. practicum course.  I also serve on the Student Affairs Awards and Recognition Committee.