Dr. Kirby specializes in treating anxiety, depression, eating, and relational concerns. She works with individuals and families across the lifespan to provide them with evidence-based treatments tailored to who they are, integrating their culture, spiritual beliefs, and personal preferences to assist them in moving closer to living a meaningful life. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness approaches to support clients in making important shifts in their thinking patterns and how they relate to their emotions in order to meet their unique goals. She takes an active approach to therapy, getting out of the office for exposures and working with family members to support clients in moving toward their goals, when helpful.
Dr. Kirby earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College where she researched parent support, cognitive attributions, and depression and assisted in teaching courses on CBT, psychological assessment, grief, mental health concerns, and ethics. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with high honors and specialization in Psychopathology and Clinical Neuroscience) from Vanderbilt University where she conducted award-winning research on eating concerns and body image.
Dr. Kirby completed training at various sites, including Vanderbilt University Psychiatric Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Wheaton College Counseling Center, and Momentous Institute. She trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT-E), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE); she is also certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and credentialed as a national health service psychologist.
From North Carolina by way of Chicago, she can often be found tackling home projects with her husband on the weekends, traveling, or hiking.