Dr. Jennifer Staples is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY30218). She is a devoted Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) therapist and believes DBT provides unique skills to not only help clients decrease distress and suffering, but also to build a life they truly experience as worth living. Dr. Staples is also dedicated to empowering clients and helping them cope with prejudice, stigma, and discrimination. Dr. Staples adopts a radically genuine therapeutic style that fosters a non-judgmental, trusting, and collaborative therapeutic relationship. She is passionate about adapting evidence-based treatments to be more inclusive and effective for clients with minority identities and has expertise in working with LGBTQ++ individuals. Dr. Staples welcomes clients from the kink, poly, and BDSM communities.
Dr. Staples received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle. At the University of Washington, Dr. Staples received specialized training in a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and DBT with the developer of the treatment, Dr. Marsha Linehan. Dr. Staples completed her APA-accredited internship at the Durham VA Medical Center, where she continued to practice full-model DBT and gained specialized training with Veterans in trauma-focused therapy including Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), as well as Integrative Behavioral Couple’s Therapy (IBCT). Dr. Staples also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in LGBT Mental Health at the VA San Diego Healthcare System where she expanded her trauma-focused specialty and gained extensive experience in working with sexual and gender minority clients, including providing support and guidance through gender transition and developing a DBT Skills group exclusively for transgender Veterans. Dr. Staples is a member of the Personal Evolution Psychotherapy DBT consultation team as well as the Gender consultation team.