LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Specialities: Obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, trauma and PTSD, chronic pain, insomnia, depression, couples and families with communication or relationship challenges
Treatment Modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness based treatments, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
Dr. Chango-James is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist trained to treat a wide range of mental health difficulties including anxiety (OCD, GAD, Specific Phobias, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety), depression, trauma and PTSD, insomnia, and chronic pain. Additionally, she is trained to work with couples and families experiencing relationship and communication challenges. She typically works with late adolescents and adults from a variety of backgrounds.
Dr. Chango-James believes in the importance of providing empirically supported treatments that fit the individual needs of each patient and integrating evidence-based approaches and scientific research into her psychotherapy practice. She was trained as a clinical scientist and has worked as a clinician on several NIH-funded treatment studies for anxiety and depression. She primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and frequently incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training and mindfulness-based approaches into her treatment with patients.
She values working collaboratively with patients and believes that the right “fit” between therapist and patient is important. Dr. Chango-James helps patients to set goals and track progress throughout treatment to ensure that established goals are being met. She strives to create an open and supportive environment for patients to work toward reducing their distress.
Dr. Chango-James received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and completed her internship at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital-Harvard Medical School. She has worked at the following sites:
Adolescent Residential DBT Program, McLean Hospital
Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Lab, McLean Hospital
Trauma Recovery Program, Baltimore VA Hospital
Sub-acute Inpatient Program, Baltimore VA Hospital
Pain Clinic; Infectious Disease Clinic, Baltimore VA Hospital
Mary D. Ainsworth Psychological Clinic, University of Virginia
Pain Management Center, Charlottesville, VA
Western State Hospital, Staunton, VA
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), University of Virginia
Virginia Institute for Development in Adulthood Research Lab, University of Virginia