Dr. Michelle Katz Jesop
Clinical Psychologist, Health Service Provider
Licensed in Colorado and Tennessee
Over 23 years of clinical experience working with adults
Providing care to military members, retirees, and their families since 2008
Specializing in anxiety, trauma, and emotion dysregulation disorders
I am a Clinical Psychologist, Health Service Provider, licensed in Tennessee and Colorado, with over 20 years of clinical experience. Throughout my experience as a clinician and clinical psychologist I have assessed and treated individuals from vastly different cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic, economic, and developmental backgrounds. It is vitally important to me to work together collaboratively with them, valuing their diversity, and in doing so, help them move beyond their trauma, loss, & life struggles, to a place of empowerment. Working together with my clients to gain a clearer inner sense of direction and purpose, and a greater sense of peace continues to be the greatest motivating factor throughout my career.
The foundation of my training and practice originally stems from Empirically Based Treatments (EBTs) and Empirically Based Processes (EBPs) and applying them in real world settings. As such, I am formally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a cognitive behavioral treatment originally developed for chronically suicidal individuals with the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT is now considered to be the gold standard of treatment for this population1. Similarly, my training includes behaviorally-based, mindfulness treatments for anxiety and depression disorders that have historically been treatment resistant.
Through my continuing interest in EBTs and EBPs, my practice led me to work with active duty service members and their families at the Stuttgart Army Behavioral Health Clinic located at the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. While in Stuttgart, I provided psychological testing, assessment, consultation, and treatment for all branches of service, to include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.
Many folks ask me where I am from, and in answer, I typically reply, kind of all over. While I am originally from Chicago, I have lived, worked, and trained throughout the United States and Europe. Some of my prior residences included, Bloomington, IN, Seattle, WA, and Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to my most recent relocation to the Nashville area, my family and I made camp in Colorado Springs, CO for about 5 years. We are now officially located in the Nashville area, without any plans to move anywhere (at least until the kiddos leave the nest…).
After a PCS (permanent change of station) with my new family back to the United States, I began my own private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In Colorado, I continued to see active duty service members, retirees, and their family members, and non-military clients with a wide array of life transitions, challenges, and struggles.
Out of the office I’m a mom to 2 ever-curious, ever-energetic, kiddos who are fabulous reminders for embracing the moment, because they're growing up way too fast. I’m also a wife to a most un-military, Buddha-esque, retired Army officer who served our country for over 25-years. Other aspects of my life go to making every effort to squeeze in a good run -preferably a long, mindful one, as well as read, catch up with friends, plan vacations, and play with my kiddos.
Tennessee Psychological Association
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
National Register of Health Service Psychologists
Nashville Psychological Association
American Psychological Association