DR. TONYA MESTEMAKER PSY.D.
Dr. Tonya Mestemaker, a licensed clinical psychologist has worked extensively with individuals who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, mood instability, addictions, and life crises and transition issues. Dr. Mestemaker works with children age eight and above, adolescents, young adults, adults, and families. From the first session, she actively engages and collaborates with clients to develop an individualized treatment plan based on each person’s wants and needs. She frequently finds that a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment known as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT is extremely effective in changing maladaptive thoughts about self, others, and the environment. Modifying these thoughts leads to changes in feelings and behaviors as well as learning to accept oneself in the moment while still acknowledging the need to continue to make positive changes.
Dr. Mestemaker also specializes in the area of treating trauma and she finds DBT as well as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing or EMDR to be effective treatments. People can experience trauma symptoms from a variety of situations. Traditionally, trauma is thought to be the result of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, and neglect that can occur in childhood. However, individuals can experience the symptoms of trauma for example from a hostile work environment, medical procedures, illnesses, bullying, and witnessing accidents. Individuals who have been traumatized may organize their lives around ways to relieve and ward off traumatic memories and reminders. Additionally, when faced with a reminder of the traumatic event, an individual may react with intense fear, worry, and anxiety. EMDR provides a way to address traumatic memories and change thoughts about the traumatic event, which in turn decreases intense emotional responses. This change leads to more adaptive ways of coping and a healthier, more productive lifestyle.
Dr. Mestemaker’'s own life journey has led to her more recent therapeutic work in the area of family building options through adoption and fertility treatment. She draws on her own personal experience and over 14 years of clinical practice to provide stress management techniques and to support individuals and couples on their journey to parenthood.
A Licensed Professional Here to Guide You
Dr. Mestemaker received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology with a health psychology specialization from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Mestemaker worked as a licensed psychologist in Illinois and she is licensed to practice psychology in the state of Ohio. She was born and raised in Cincinnati. She received her BA degree in psychology with a minor in biology from Indiana University. She was trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by the founder, Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. and her group. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level I and Level II, an effective treatment for trauma. She continues to participate in training and supervision for EMDR. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Ohio Psychological Association, The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and the American Counseling Association. Dr. Mestemaker has conducted workshops and trainings on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Incorporating Dialectical Behavior Therapy Principals with Chemical Dependency Treatment. She also presented at the American Psychological Association Convention on Organizational Strategies to Prevent Staff Burnout.
“Discussing positive experiences leads to heightened well-being, increased overall life satisfaction and even more energy.”
A BIT ABOUT THERAPY
I implement effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding among patients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the patient and caretaker alike. But in the end, making small changes in self-defeating behavior and in feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results - and with my services, I will help you achieve just that. My services are personalized to suit everyone’s needs, and I go the extra mile to provide you with all the tools you need to recover.
SERVICES I OFFER
Your mental health and well-being is important to me. I love helping my patients develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges, and I get great satisfaction from seeing them heal and thrive. Contact me today to see how I can help you and let’s discuss the wide range of options at your disposal.
8587 Mason Montgomery Rd., Suite 9
Mason, Ohio 45040