Dr. Patricia M. Watts earned her PhD. in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City. Her clinical training includes working with trauma survivors, evaluating and treating substance abusers, as well as treating patients with severe and persistent mental illness. In addition she trained at Whiting Maximum Security Service a forensic facility for criminals found not guilty by reason of insanity. There she trained on the assesment unit conducting psychological evaluations as well as providing pyschotherapy for individuals and groups.
Dr. Watts was awarded a post doctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry at the New York Presbytarian Hospital, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. There she specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders, treating patients with obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
She also trained at the Personality Disorders Institute
in the use of Transference-Focused Pyschotherapy,
a succesful treatment for patients with borderline personality disorder.
In her doctoral dissertation Dr. Watts explored how the therapist's emotional response to the client influences pyschotherapy outcome. Her study examined the importance of the alliance between client and therapist in promoting theraputic change.
Becoming a psychologist is a career change for Dr. Watts
As an undergraduate she completed a B.A. in English literature at Goucher College in Baltimore Maryland. She went on to pursue a 15 year career a a magazine editor and writer. She covered workplace issues including management strategies, balancing work and family, and negotiating office politics. Dr. Watts incorporates this experience in her therapy work, helping her clients fulfill their career porential.