Alana Fondren is currently a doctoral student at the University of North Texas, where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She first fell in love with the study of mental health while completing her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin. She went on to acquire her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Michigan State University. Alana’s current research and clinical interests include psychological assessment, personality, and LGBTQ+ issues. As a clinician, Alana helps her clients understand more about their own personal narratives. She feels that clients can build stories that give shape to emotions, rewrite old passages, learn from previous experiences, work through conflict, and ultimately heal. One of Alana’s highest goals as a therapist is to help her clients learn about and tell their stories in an authentic and self-compassionate way.
In terms of treatment experience and modalities, Alana utilizes an integrative assimilationist therapeutic orientation, with primary emphasis in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). She has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings. She has completed several trainings and advanced coursework in psychodiagnostic, personality assessment, neuropsychological assessment, and play therapy. Although she has a passion for working with clients of all ages, she specializes in adolescents and emerging adults.