Celena Thompson, Psy. D

Dr. Thompson has been working as a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia for over 21 years. Following completion of undergraduate studies at Duke University, graduate studies at Wright State University, and a predoctoral internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Thompson resettled in the Hampton Roads area to become the Clinical Coordinator for a specialized program treating severely traumatized, underserved young women. Her early career was largely comprised of trauma work with adolescents in residential and correctional settings.  In addition to this, she has also worked at Eastern State Hospital as a forensic psychologist, providing both in depth psychological assessment and treatment for those requiring acute care in the residential setting.  For the past eight years, she has worked with Veterans suffering from a wide range of traumatic experiences, both combat and noncombat related, in her role as the Lead Psychologist of a PTSD treatment program.  Through her work as a psychologist in the Veterans Affairs Medical Healthcare system, she has honed her acumen in the provision of evidenced based psychotherapies for PTSD, specifically Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure.  Her clinical expertise also spans the treatment of a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, substance use issues, etc.  Utilizing her compassionate presence and skills, Dr. Thompson feels that “It is truly my life’s calling to help others heal from these challenges and reclaim their lives.