Dr. Jessica Chiu is currently a staff psychologist in the DBT Center and works with adolescents and adults.
About Dr. Chiu
Dr. Chiu is a licensed psychologist with advanced training and specialization in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with adults, adolescents, and couples. She has considerable training in DBT and the treatment of suicide, self-injury, trauma, and substance use.
Following the completion of her undergraduate studies, Dr. Chiu completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Xavier University. During this time, she engaged in one-year intensive DBT training with Dr. Nicholas Salsman, a previous post-doctoral fellow of Marsha Linehan (the founder of DBT). After that time, she went on to conduct standard Adult DBT therapy for four years in outpatient, residential, and inpatient settings. Dr. Chiu completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Carson Center for Adults and Families, a community mental health center, which emphasized the evidence-based treatment of trauma, suicide, self-injury, and co-occurring disorders. Additionally, she completed an empirical doctoral dissertation on avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. Specifically, the study looked at psychosocial and nutritional difficulties in adults with severe picky eating behaviors. Dr. Chiu completed also a postdoctoral fellowship in DBT at EBTCS.
Dr. Chiu has extensive training in evidenced-based treatments, including DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Behavioral Activation (BA), Seeking Safety, DBT for Substance Use (DBT-S), Relapse Prevention, and mindfulness-based therapies. Her expertise is in working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families with a variety of presentations and difficulties, including self-harm and suicidal behaviors, emotion dysregulation, mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders, with a particular interest in the integration of religious beliefs, particularly Christianity, into the counseling process.
Dr. Chiu is a licensed psychologist in the State of Washington and is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).