About Dr. Korey Watkins
I first became interested in psychology in junior high. Over half my life has been spent acquiring the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be an effective therapist. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois, and obtained my doctorate in clinical psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. My training and experience have shaped me into a socially responsible clinician who is humbled by the striving and resilience of people from all walks of life. I have worked and trained in psychiatric hospitals, forensic settings, schools and universities, community centers, group practices, and child guidance centers. This broad range of experience has equipped me to help individuals and families from all ages and with diverse cultural backgrounds.
There are times in life when each of us has felt stuck or overwhelmed. We might feel as though no one understands what we are going through or that we are unable to overcome the challenges before us. We might be plagued with self-doubt and confusion about what to do next. It is during these stressful times that each of us will do the best we can with what we have, even if that means pursuing faulty or problematic solutions.
My approach to change and healing has largely been shaped by Alfred Adler. He once said, “Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.” As your therapist, it is my duty to meet you where you are in the change process and support you every step of the way. I will help you to understand how you got lost or stuck, as well as how to get where you want to go. In order to do this, we will work together to create an experience that is tailored to you. Whether you are looking to gain new insight and understanding, work on deep-rooted issues, or just need someone who listens and understands you, I am confident we can effectively and intentionally work towards your goals. I utilize a variety of cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and psychodynamic interventions.
I understand that pursuing therapy can be scary and difficult. My goal is for this process to feel safe and comfortable. However, it will be challenging at times. I believe all humans are worthy and deserving of a fulfilling life. Together, we can work to overcome the barriers you face, or the experiences you have had, that serve as roadblocks to the life you want to live.
Areas of Specialization
- Therapy with children, adolescents, and adults
- Depression and anxiety
- ADHD and executive functioning
- Struggles with screen time
- Autism Spectrum Disorder and related concerns
- PTSD and trauma (acute and complex)
- Adult attachment/relationship difficulties
- Anger management
- Evidence-based approaches to parenting
- Existential concerns (meaninglessness, freedom and responsibility, isolation, and death)
- Feeling stuck or in a rut
- B.S. – 2009, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
- M.A. – 2012, Adler University Chicago Campus
- Psy.D. – 2015, Adler University Chicago Campus
- Licensed Psychologist, Texas #37504