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Gillian Kaag

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Gillian Kaag - Ph.D.

Offers sessions only online

Therapist Gillian Kaag professional headshot wearing a teal top and a necklace

I am a licensed psychologist who graduated with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Miami University in Oxford, OH and a BA from Middlebury College in VT. I have built my career around developing deep expertise and experience in traumatic stress and PTSD, depression, relationship problems, anxiety, complicated grief, and unwanted sexual experiences. I have training in the evidenced based treatments of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, CBT-Insomnia, Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality.

Since 2005, I have been fortunate to work with individuals across the lifespan in a number of clinical settings. Most recently, I was the clinic director for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center where I led the start-up of the clinic and provided evidenced based treatments for veterans and their families. Prior to this opportunity, I served as the assistant director of clinical services and trauma response at the University of Denver’s Health and Counseling Center, leading the university’s trauma prevention and response for sexual assault and gender violence. I also served as the team lead for a comprehensive DBT program at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis where I led the assessment and management of risk for the outpatient program. Other clinical training and employment opportunities have included work at an academic medical center, university counseling center, children’s residential treatment center, and community mental health.

In addition to my clinical focus, I enjoy serving community around broader prevention efforts. Most recently, I was elected to serve as the President of the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Colorado Chapter, whose mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Previously, I served on the state steering committee for the CDC’s Domestic Violence Enhancement and Leadership through Alliances (DELTA) program in North Carolina, focusing on preventing intimate partner violence.

On a personal note, I am a married mother of two children and love spending time with my family. For self-care, I enjoy running, skiing, and practicing mindfulness and gratitude. I also am a dual Irish citizen and am passionate about Irish culture and community.