Dr. Pikiewicz earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. She completed pre-doctoral training at the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center in Ojai, CA, and her post-doctoral internship at the Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research. At both sites, Dr. Pikiewicz worked with a range of adult, adolescent and child clients in individual, couple, family and group settings. She also holds a B.S. with a major in environmental science from Allegheny College and a elementary education teaching credential from Western Washington University.
Dr. Pikiewicz’s first career was in education. Through her mid 20s, she taught at an experiential science school from September through May and guided for Outward Bound Colorado during the summers. After earning her teaching credential, Dr. Pikiewicz worked as a grant-funded literacy specialist in a struggling California middle school and then as a 6th grade teacher in Bozeman, MT. During this time, Dr. Pikiewicz used her classroom to pilot innovative teaching programs, which she presented at local and national conferences and published with a variety of educational publishers. However, while she felt effective at meeting her students’ educational needs, her heart was drawn toward working with the root causes of individuals’ difficulties. It was the desire to work with underlying causes of human difficulty that led Dr. Pikiewicz to transition from education to psychotherapy.
Dr. Pikiewicz now works with adult, adolescent and child clients in Boulder, Colorado.
Dr. Pikiewicz is experienced with a variety of psychological and educational assessment and testing tools, especially including measures of parent stress, couples and relational style, IQ, depression, parent-child attachment, posttraumatic stress disorder, and posttrauamtic growth. The results of assessments inform treatment and possible recommendations for further services. She has widely published and presented her research with trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder and posttraumatic growth, including at conferences of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (see “presentations”). In addition to her office location, Dr. Pikiewicz also offers services via phone and Skype. It is her passion to guide people with a variety of challenges toward growth.
• Member of the American Psychological Association
• Editor of the APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) blog at PsychologyToday.com
• Editor of the APA Div 39 publication InSight
• Managing editor of the APA Div 39 publication DIVISION/Review