Amanda Dougherty, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Doctor of Psychologist, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, 2006
Master’s Degree in Psychologist, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, 2004
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Missouri Southern University, 2001
Dr. Dougherty has provided therapy and psychological services in Missouri since 2000 at a variety of settings, including inpatient acute psychological hospitals, Division of Youth Services residential facilities, community mental health centers, county jails, and public school systems. Dr. Dougherty has also supervised psychological interns and residents assisting in the development of professional skills including acquisition, integration and utilization of therapeutic techniques. In addition, Dr. Dougherty has completed multiple psychological evaluations requested for Medicaid eligibility, Disability Determinations, Achievement and Cognitive Testing and Evaluations for Special Services for Jefferson City Public School District, and Compensation Evaluations for Veterans for Veteran Evaluations Services.
Approach to Therapy
Dr. Dougherty believes the fundamental component of positive and effective therapy is a strong therapeutic rapport. This rapport is the foundation from which all therapeutic work is derived. She believes that most people already know the answers to their life questions and struggles but they often need guidance, support, and a light shown in the right direction. Therapy is not about instructing one as to the best path for their life but rather allowing them to clarify their own path in a calm, supportive environment.
Dr. Dougherty has worked with adolescents in short- and long-term residential settings along with outpatient services. She feels this is a population that struggles not only with trying to find their identity but also to navigate the path between childhood and adulthood.
All humans experience a lifelong search for meaning in their lives. Therapy assists in this journey through self-exploration, self-understanding, and self-actualization. As humans, we are constantly striving to improve upon ourselves, searching for something that often appears just beyond our reach. Dr. Dougherty believes that we often establish unrealistic expectations for ourselves and those around us which are often derived unconsciously from society, our childhood, and previous experiences. Developing a healthy and realistic set of expectations allows us to learn to accept who we are, strive to become better, and appreciate that life is more about the journey than the destination.
Dr. Dougherty’s specialities and interests:
- Identity Exploration
- Life Transitions
Email Dr. Dougherty at: Amanda.Dougherty@findyourlifesong.com