Clinical Psychologist, Trauma Specialist
Dr. Alexa Wilkins earned her MA and PsyD with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. As a doctoral candidate, Dr. Wilkins traveled to Africa where she collaborated with management and staff at Valley Light Home for Children to create and implement a trauma-informed milieu therapeutic program. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the APA-accredited program with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, where she completed a trauma-focused treatment rotation. Dr. Wilkins then went on to complete a two-year post-doctoral residency specializing in the area of trauma with the CARES Institute at Rowan University.
Prior to joining the staff at MDC, Dr. Wilkins was a staff psychologist and the campus advocate at Longwood University. In her role as campus advocate, she collaborated with campus partners as the Sexual Assault Response Team coordinator to develop strategies to comply with Title IX regulations and trauma-informed best practices for responding to reports of violence, gender based discrimination, and/or sexual misconduct. She also provided trauma-focused therapy and developed LGBTQ+ focused services and training for the campus and community.
Dr. Wilkins is a member of Division 56, Trauma Psychology, of the American Psychological Association. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Her approach to therapy is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also incorporates skills from Positive Psychology and Dialectical Behavior Therapy while working within strengths-based and social-justice frameworks.