Dr. Houlbjerg’s expertise is in helping individuals achieve overall wellness in both mind and body. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, stress, and a wide variety of health conditions, such as insomnia, obesity, pain, infertility, and chronic and terminal illnesses. She uses therapies aimed to increase positive behaviors, improve health, and enhance quality of life, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness. She considers each client’s unique background, perspectives, and personal goals to create individualized treatments and emphasizes exploring personal values to help clients live more meaningful lives in the present moment.
Dr. Houlbjerg received her doctorate from George Fox University where she obtained extensive training and experience in health psychology, which involves managing and coping with medical concerns, improving health behaviors, preventing illness or the worsening of medical conditions, and improving stress management to promote whole body wellness. Her graduate research focused on utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to treat 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.
Dr. Houlbjerg is originally from the Pacific Northwest, where she developed a love for nature and animals. She enjoys being the mother of a sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.