Dr. Therese Cash, Ph.D.

ACADEMIC TRAINING:

Post-doctoral Fellowship (in progress), Clinical Health Psychology

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Ph.D., Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine Track
Virginia Commonwealth University

M.S., Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University

B.A., Psychology, Distinguished Major, With Highest Distinction
University of Virginia

Throughout my doctoral training, my coursework, clinical training experiences, and research have emphasized knowledge and skills specific to providing effective mental health services to individuals affected by a range of complex conditions that affect mind, body, and spirit. I have completed intensive clinical rotations and research training in a number of inpatient and outpatient medical settings, including at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the advanced cardiac therapy program, primary care clinic, and anxiety disorder specialty clinic, and at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran’s Medical Center in an integrative medicine chronic pain specialty clinic, an inpatient polytrauma unit, and as part of a home-based primary care team. In addition to my work at Behavior Works of Virginia, LLC, I am engaged in a year-long post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology through VCU’s Department of Psychiatry where I will continue to focus on compassionate, evidence-based clinical care and research to promote the well-being of individuals coping with complex medical and mental health conditions.

CLINICAL RESEARCH:

My clinical work builds upon a strong background in clinical and experimental research to better understand mind/body illnesses and test different treatment options for these conditions. I have specifically focused on improving care for individuals affected by anxiety disorders, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, chronic pain, and auditory conditions related to decreased sound tolerance, including misophonia, hyperacusis, and tinnitus. You can learn more about my current and past research activities here.

CURRENT MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • American Psychological Association, Student Affiliate Member
  • Division 38, Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine

FINDING BALANCE IN MIND AND BODY FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

My training background in behavioral medicine has taught me about the interconnectedness of our “mind” or mental health and “body” or physical health. In my clinical work, I focus on how we can find balance in our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to reduce psychological symptoms, better manage stress, and potentially even improve physical functioning. I am particularly passionate about sharing the benefits of mindfulness meditation practice with my clients.

WHY MINDFULNESS?

Mindfulness meditation is an ancient practice that has gained a great deal of attention and popularity in the West over the past several decades. Mindfulness can be difficult to explain in words (it is something that needs to be experienced through practice) but one definition is “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, 1994). When I was first learning to practice mindfulness 10 years ago, I found it very helpful to work with an experienced practitioner who understood some of the challenges of incorporating this practice into daily life. Research has shown that mindfulness-based therapy can be effective for individuals struggling with a range of issues including anxiety disorders, depression, chronic pain, and weight loss efforts. More generally, mindfulness can be a powerful way to better manage with daily stressors, improve relationships, and increase quality of life, regardless of whether you are dealing with a mental health or medical condition.

What to Expect When Working with Dr. Therese

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Dr. Leah’s private practice as an independent contractor to provide evidence-based psychological treatment. You can expect to communicate directly with me after your initial screening with Dr. Leah.

I believe that I can only help others effectively when I take care of my own health, including mind and body. Thus, my approach is to walk alongside you in your own journey towards health, drawing upon both personal and professional experience to help you identify the practices and tools that are most helpful for you. In my work with clients, I integrate evidence-based therapies, particularly CBT (see Dr. Leah’s description) and mindfulness meditation training, based on the problem area and client interest. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with you to reach your goals for better health!

**DR. THERESE IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME.**