Dr. wright's bio
DR. WRIGHT IS A LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST PRACTICING IN COLORADO and MARYLAND
LSHE IS ALSO A LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST FOR TELEHEALTH SERVICES IN FLORIDA AND ALL PSYPACT STATES
For a list of PSYCPACT states, please go to https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap
Dr. Jennifer Bugg Wright is a seasoned Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, and psychotherapist with over 30 years in the field of mental health, and over 20 years as a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She works with a very wide range of clients, addressing challenges induced by major life changes, stress related disorders, depression, trauma, health problems, and neuropsychological disorders. She is licensed in Colorado, Virginia, and Maryland, as well as for telehealth in Florida and Psypact states.
Dr. Wright fell in love with the fields of psychology and cognition when an undergraduate at CU Boulder. She also received her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, focusing on experimental cognitive research, neuropsychology, and jury decision making. She then worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the mid 1990s, as the coordinator for a study of children with head injury. It was there that she began working with patients and fell in love with clinical care. She returned to Colorado and completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a specialty focus in Neuropsychology and Forensic Trauma, at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2001. She completed her Doctoral Internship at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, at the APA and Division 40 approved Psychology Internship Training Consortium, where she did rotations in Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Rehabilitation, as well as minor rotations in Stroke and PTSD. She then completed her Post-Doctoral Training at Head Injury Rehab and the Pain Medicine Center in Denver, Colorado, before entering private practice. For 8 years, she worked at one of the first integrated medical practices in the nation, the esteemed East West Health Centers in Denver, Colorado. She then returned to private practice in the Washington DC metropolitan region until the pandemic brought her back home to Colorado.
Her influences in psychology come from the fields of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, and are also informed by teachings from Social and Developmental Psychology, as well as Interpersonal Processes, ACT, Self-Psychology, Gestalt Therapy, and DBT. She views psychotherapy as a very specific and interpersonal form of teaching. She uses rapid interventions and brief therapies, using diaphragmatic breathing, muscle relaxation, self-soothing, and mindfulness. She uses language and a conversational style to help change patterns of thinking that keep clients stuck.
Neuropsychologically, Dr. Wright's expertise includes Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimers and Dementia, Parkinsons, Seizure Disorder, Brain Injury, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disorder, and Stroke or Vascular Disorder. She believes that thorough assessment is the key to diagnosis and treatment planning, and she provides thorough feedback to all of her clients seeking to understand their cognitive strengths and challenges.
In working with medical and chronic pain patients, Dr. Wright takes a holistic approach centered on the mind-body connection. Using a “Pain-Strain-Drain-Brain” treatment model, she assists clients in considering internal as well as external and physiological factors in suffering, and provides clients with the tools necessary to understand how thinking, feeling, external stress, sleep, and lifestyle may impact pain, and medical care. She also runs a group (ACT UP for BBP) to address the challenges that fat people face, including body acceptance, societal prejudices, medical misinformation, and isolation.
Dr. Wright is a mother, wife, step-mother, and grandmother of 3. In her spare and creative time, she writes music and fiction, is an actress, and loves the arts and travel.