Dr. Ward has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and older adults with a variety of mental health diagnoses. She works from a developmental perspective also taking into account biological (e.g. genetic, physiological), psychological (e.g. thoughts, behaviors) and social (e.g. societal, cultural, media) factors that impact an individual. She believes that understanding the individual’s experiences from birth and throughout development are important in being able to fully understand the person and their life experiences.
Dr. Ward understands the importance of the therapeutic relationship as part of therapy. It is important for individuals to feel safe, comfortable, heard, and understood. Establishing a positive working therapeutic relationship is an on-going process that includes listening, understanding of the individual from all aspects of their life, and recognizing that the individual is the expert regarding their experiences.
She believes that each of us has strengths and if we are aware of them and focus on those strengths, they can be used to bring about positive change. She also believes in empowering the client in order to make effective changes.
Dr. Ward’s areas of specialty include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
Evaluation and treatment of depression
Evaluation and treatment of anxiety disorders (social anxiety, panic attacks)
Psychological evaluations/assessments of children, adolescents, and adults focusing on mood, anxiety, personality, psychosis, learning disorders, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders
Objective and projective personality tests
Cognitive assessments/IQ testing
Childhood emotional and behavioral problems
Coping skills training
Behavior management training for ADHD and behavior disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Chemical dependency issues
Pre-bariatric surgery evaluations
Education & Professional Activities
Dr. Ward earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology and her master’s in marriage and family therapy from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University-Twin Cities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota. She completed practicum experiences at the University of MN Dept. of Pediatric Psychology and a private practice. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Range Mental Health Center, Inc. in Virginia, MN. She currently works in a variety of settings: inpatient and outpatient hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, community mental health clinic, and schools.