Anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, early intervention and prevention, adoption/foster care, parenting support training.
Dr. Cleary specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families who are recovering from the experience of trauma. Her mission and vision as a psychologist is to understand the impact of traumatic experiences on individuals' development across the lifespan, and to help aid in recovery from these experiences through the use of evidence-based practices and strengths-based positive psychology.
Dr. Cleary is a certified therapist in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and is also trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). A newer area of interest for Dr. Cleary is within Sports & Performance Psychology, and understanding how the difficulties that high-level performers face can lead to mental health challenges. Dr. Cleary hopes to continue working toward decreasing stigmatization of mental health issues in performance settings in order to increase awareness, acceptance and access to needed services. Dr. Cleary enjoys consulting on topics related to the study and treatment of childhood trauma, trauma-informed care, the intersection of psychology and medical ethics, and clinical supervision/teaching.
University Health Kansas City (formerly Truman Medical Centers) - Medical Ethics Committee, Psychology Department Member (2019 - 2021);
American Psychological Association (APA), Internship Training Site Visitor Volunteer (2021 - present)
Childhood trauma, trauma-informed care, best practices in clinical supervision/training and related topics