Colleen Damino, Psy.D.
Colleen Damino began at Dennis & Moye and Associates as an intern in 2012 and has since transitioned to a fully licensed psychologist. Based on her humanistic training, Dr. Damino takes a person-centered approach to individual therapy, placing value on understanding individuals’ needs and goals for treatment. She understands that building trust and safety is the most important part of a positive therapeutic experience. For that reason, Dr. Damino works to create a safe, comfortable environment where clients can experience acceptance, understand themselves more fully, and work towards personal growth. While relief from symptoms or stressors that bring one to therapy are primary, Dr. Damino helps those she sits with to understand the nature of their difficulties in order to encourage ongoing resiliency and protective factors. Therefore, integrative techniques are used, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic approaches and more.
Dr. Damino graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Eastern Michigan University. She received her Master’s degree from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in 2010, where she examined “The experience of having a negative body image” through her Master’s thesis. She received her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in July of 2014 from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation research focused on the experience of religious rejection based a sexual minority orientation.
Dr. Damino worked with families in the foster care system for many years, as both a case manager and as a therapist, and also has experience through Community Mental Health providing crisis intervention and individual therapy, working with both children and adults. During her doctoral program, Dr. Damino received intensive training at the Michigan State University Counseling Center, where she received specialized training on multicultural competence in therapy, and worked with both undergraduate and graduate students on a wide variety of presenting issues. She spent two years with Dennis & Moye and Associates completing her doctoral internship and building a general practice with a special focus in eating disorders in adolescents and adults. Her 2000 post-doctoral hours were completed at Dennis & Moye and Associates under the supervision of Amy Baker-Dennis, PhD, and Ann Weeks Moye, PhD, receiving further training and supervision in eating disorders, as well as in general practice. In addition, she has received specialized training in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders through Postpartum Support International. Dr. Damino is an advocate for new moms and recognizes the amount of support mothers of young babies need.
Dr. Damino maintains a general practice, but has a special interest in women’s issues, eating disorders, issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity (taking an affirming approach), and difficulties surrounding pregnancy (before, during and after), including but not limited to, struggling with infertility, pregnancy loss, and postpartum mood disorders. Dr. Damino considers it an honor and a privilege to sit with clients as they share their stories.