Dr. Houlbjerg’s expertise is in helping individuals achieve overall wellness in both mind and body. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and a wide variety of health conditions such as chronic pain, diabetes, obesity, and insomnia. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based treatments. She also provides pre-surgical psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery and spinal cord stimulators. Dr. Houlbjerg received her doctorate from George Fox University where she obtained extensive training and experience in health psychology. Her studies and clinical training emphasized applying CBT and ACT approaches to promote whole body wellness. Her graduate research focused on utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain in the primary care setting. She received training at multiple VA medical centers across the country where she completed rotations in pain management, oncology, hospice and palliative care, inpatient psychiatry, and health promotion disease prevention. Prior to joining Dallas CBT, Dr. Houlbjerg practiced in chronic pain management and rehabilitation at the VA.