Dr. Christen Pendleton is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who engages in integrative evidenced based practice with children, older adolescents and adults.

She specializes in treatment of college students and young adults in their 20’s and 30’s and the issues and challenges unique to these developmental phases. Dr. Pendleton also specializes in the treatment of children and parents. Dr. Pendleton formerly practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor before returning to school to earn a doctorate.

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Dr. Pendleton is a warm and empathic psychologist specializing in the treatment of the following life stressors and diagnoses:

Issues of emerging adulthood including transition to and from college and challenges faced by young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s (for example, issues related to loneliness, identity, relationships, perfectionism, work challenges)

Adjustment to life, relationship and career stressors and transitions
Anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement
Emotion and problem avoidance
Emotional and behavioral problems in children including ADHD, disruptive behaviors, anxiety, emotion regulation difficulties, social skills deficits, adjusting to life stressors and to learning difficulties
Parenting challenges

Please browse through Dr. Pendleton’s clinical and educational background below to get a better sense of her professional training, interests and areas of expertise.

  • Psy.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from James Madison University. Dr. Pendleton’s dissertation focused on gender role belief formation including the impact of social norms on men’s emotional development and emotional expressiveness.
  • Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Virginia with a specialization in diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.
  • M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Virginia.
  • B.A. in Studies in Women and Gender from the University of Virginia.
  • Staff Psychologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Instructor Faculty appointment at Columbia University Medical Center
  • Level 1 training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy with Diana Fosha, Ph.D., Eileen Stewart, Ph.D. and Ben Lipton, LCSW at the AEDP Institute
  • Introductory training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy at New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Part of Parent Child Interaction Therapy treatment team at New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course through University of Virginia
  • Training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through MUSC and Duke University
  • Dyadic Developmental Play Therapy workshop with Dan Hughes, Ph.D. through Thompson Child and Family Services
  • Circle of Security training with Dr. Bill Whelan and group assisting with Dr. Anne Stewart
  • Multicultural Play Therapy Center week long conference and training with Dr. Phillis Post and Dr. Garry Landreth through University of North Carolina
  • Sexual Abuse Treatment Conference and Training with Dr. Eliana Gil
  • Association for Play Therapy Leadership Academy graduate
  • Staff Psychologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center’s School Based Mental Health Program providing individual, group, family therapy and crisis intervention to children and parents, classroom intervention and training for New York City public school teachers.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship specializing in treatment of emerging adults including evaluation, assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, consultation, outreach and crisis intervention. at Saint Joseph’s University. Provided supervision of doctoral student trainees and acted as faculty co-sponsor of Active Minds, a student organization working to destigmatize mental illness.
  • Pre-doctoral Internship at the University of Virginia’s Counseling and Psychological Services specializing in treatment of emerging adults including evaluation, assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, consultation, outreach and crisis intervention. Provided supervision and acted as guest lecturer for graduate students. Completed minor concentration in treatment of insomnia using CBT-I and assessment of bariatric surgery candidates through the University of Virginia Health System’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences.
  • Doctoral clinical externship at Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents providing individual psychotherapy, evaluation and assessment to adolescents with severe mental illness and complex trauma history in a state inpatient psychiatric hospital.
  • Doctoral clinical externship at The Health Place through James Madison University’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services providing primary care behavioral health services including comprehensive psychological evaluations of children referred for learning, cognitive, attention, behavioral and emotional difficulties.
  • Doctoral clinical Externship in the Trauma Psychology Department of Shands Jacksonville Hospital. Provided psychological services to the Department of Surgery’s trauma center including assessment and treatment of patients and their family members.
  • Doctoral clinical externship at James Madison University’s Counseling and Student Development Center specializing in treatment of college students including evaluation, individual and group psychotherapy, consultation, outreach and crisis intervention. Provided clinical supervision of doctoral student.
  • Doctoral clinical externship at James Madison University’s Interprofessional Services for Learning Assessment. Provided individual and group psychotherapy for children, families and adults. Conducted comprehensive psychological evaluations for children and college students referred for learning, attention, emotional and behavioral problems.
  • Doctoral clinical externship at Mary Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic with Dr. Bill Whelan. Observed and analyzed parent-child interactions and projective assessments as part of a clinical observation team. Completed training in Circle of Security treatment model. Assisted with data collection.
  • Doctoral clinical externship at Spotswood Elementary School completing functional behavioral analyses, designing and implementing classroom intervention, providing individual and group counseling, conducting educational screening and providing consultation to teachers.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor at Thompson Child and Family Services conducting intakes, diagnostic assessments, individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and caregivers. Specialized in treatment of trauma and work with children in the foster care system.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor at Creative Counseling LLC providing in home individual, couples and family therapy.
  • Clinician at Child Development-Community Policing program providing trauma assessment, on call crisis response to police crime scenes and in-home and in school treatment for child and adolescent witnesses and victims of violence. Trained police officers and child protective service workers in trauma symptomatology provided court testimony and accompaniment for families.
  • Advocate/Counselor at Treehouse Children’s Advocacy Center through United Family Services. Provided assessment and treatment of child abuse victims and their non-offending caregivers. Assisted with evidence documentation during medical examinations, observed forensic interviews, provided on-call crisis hospital response for sexual trauma survivors, staffed rape crisis hotline and provided court accompaniment for trauma survivors.
  • Graduate internship at the University of Virginia’s Women’s Center providing evaluation, individual and group psychotherapy for college students and community members as well as presentations on sexual assault to the university community. Specialization in treatment of trauma.
  • Graduate externship at the University of Virginia’s Personal and Career Development Center providing intake assessments and individual counseling to college students.
  • Stewart, A., Pellegrino, J. & Pendleton, C. (2012, February). The ABC’s of Play Therapy. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Tabit, M., Cozen, J., Dyjak, K., Pendleton, C., Shealy, C., Sternberger, L., & Staton, R. M., Harding, H., (2011, August). The Sociocultural Impact of Denial: Empirical Evidence from the Forum BEVI Project. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Henriques, G., Pendleton, C. (2011, March). A Unified Approach to Conceptualizing. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Pendleton, C., Cochran, S., Kapadia, S., & Iyer, C. (2016). Understanding the Gendered Self: Implications from EI Theory, EI Self and the BEVI. In Shealy, C.N. (Eds.), Making Sense of Beliefs and Values. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Stewart, A., Whelan, W., & Pendleton, C. (2013). Attachment theory as a roadmap for play therapy. In D. A. Crenshaw & C. A. Malchiodi (Eds.), Creative arts and play therapy for attachment problems (35-51). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
  • Psychologist, New York State
  • American Psychological Association
  • Member AEDP Institute