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Dr. Vika Gallich, Ph.D.
Registered Psychological Associate

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Hello, my name is Dr. Gallich, and I am a post-doctoral Registered Psychological Associate practicing under the direct supervision of Dr. Acre and Dr. Dabdoub.

 

I completed my Master’s in Integral Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Health from the California Institute for Human Science. My research explored the

effects of anti-inflammatory diet on chronic pain and mental health in individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Recognizing the mind-body connection, I operate from an understanding

that chronic pain and mental health can improve through integration of nutritional interventions. I serve as a contributor to The Center of Nutritional Psychology, and I am certified in Nutrition and Mental Health through Harvard Medical School, MGH Psychiatry Academy.

My clinical expertise further lies in working with first responders and individuals dealing with trauma-related issues, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and brain injuries. Many of these

individuals also experience chronic pain or illnesses and may navigate coping strategies that no longer serve them effectively. Individuals suffering from PTSD can experience elevated rates of

physical health conditions which can pose another stressor and bidirectionally affect symptoms of PTSD. I approach therapy through the lens of understanding the implications for adverse

health outcomes due to mental health conditions. So, if you find yourself struggling with PTSD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, chronic pain or chronic health conditions, grief or loss, loss of identity due to illness, substance use and / or eating disorder, I would be deeply honored to accompany you on your path of healing.

I completed my pre-doctoral training in a chronic pain and worker compensation clinic focusing on treating law enforcement, firefighters, and chronic pain patients. There, I provided treatment for trauma, substance use disorders, brain injuries, chronic pain, general mental health, and conducted psychological evaluations for PTSD and chronic pain syndrome. Throughout my career, I’ve worked across various clinical settings including a residential program concentrating on substance use and trauma, inpatient/outpatient hospital for severe mental illness, and an eating disorder treatment center where I treated adolescents and adults.

My approach to treatment is holistic, I employ biopsychosocial (considering the social, psychological, and biological factors) and trauma-informed perspectives, recognizing that individuals who have endured adverse experiences and chronic stress may re-experience the effects of distress or pain in their bodies. They may resort to coping mechanisms such as dysregulated eating/exercise patterns, substance use, and other behaviors that can hinder them from becoming the person they aspire to be.

Based on clients’ needs, I integrate evidence-based treatment interventions while also embracing each individual’s unique journey through warmth and compassion. I have extensive experience and training in EMDR and I qualify for certification through the EMDR International Association. I am also trained in Prolonged Exposure. I further integrate cognitive behavioral

therapy for pain (CBT-CP), pain neuroscience education, mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy (MBSR), heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

 

I collaborate with you to nurture hope and resilience, guiding you in acquiring pain management skills and / or new tools for navigating life’s challenges, fostering a deeper understanding of the rich tapestry of your life story. Together, we gently unravel the treads of traumatic experiences, allowing healing to take root, ultimately, helping you discover meaning and fulfillment in your life’s path.

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