Kristin Daley, Ph.D.
My favorite class in undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill was neuroscience. I loved it so much that I kept the textbook for years, but I was also challenged by one feature of the class- it started at 8 AM. I literally slept through our class on sleep! In my work, I love to incorporate our understanding of how the brain works into our utilization of CBT. To me, this is what really makes CBT so special- it results in meaningful changes within the brain. Dialectical Behavior Therapy provides essential training in emotional intelligence, and I love using this therapy to help people navigate emotional struggles and challenging relationships. Like all intensively trained DBT therapists, I utilize the skills of DBT in my personal life as well. When I went through ACT training, I found that this therapy helped to fill in some gaps with clients, particularly in the fact that it consistently orients us to our values system as a primary decision-maker, rather than thoughts or emotions. In therapy, we determine which approach is the best fit.
Andrea Umbach, Psy.D.
When people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I don't think I had any chance of making an accurate prediction. I never would have guessed I would be spending my time touching every doorknob in the office, laying on bathroom floors, holding snakes, stomping on cracks in the sidewalk, riding the elevator for 30 minutes, playing with needles, saying intrusive thoughts out loud, or making mistakes on purpose. I also never could have guessed how much I would enjoy doing it. I am privileged to spend my days helping people better understand their anxiety and how to overcome it. To take risks, test limits, and learn they can do things that might feel really scary or uncomfortable. Exposure and response prevention is a key ingredient in cognitive behavioral therapy, proven to get people unstuck by facing their fears. In my own life, I try to approach new, different, or challenging situations, because I have had a lot of practice doing things that make me uncomfortable. I aim to challenge others to do the things they are afraid of because I know they can learn to do the same.