Kathryn Wright, Psy.D.

Kathryn Wright, Psy.D.Kathryn Wright, Psy.D.

Dr. Kathryn Wright has practiced with GMH as a clinical psychologist since 1999. She works with individual adults using traditional talk therapy techniques, EMDR, neurofeedback, mindfulness and relaxation training. She works with a wide variety of issues including trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, job stress, low self-esteem, perfectionism, ADHD, work-life and career-family balance, the effects of cancer and chronic medical illness, and spiritual concerns.

Dr. Wright is certified in EMDR therapy, a powerful yet gentle approach for treating PTSD and helping victims of abuse, natural disasters, traumatic loss, crime, car accidents and medical trauma. EMDR can also be very effective in helping people who may not suffer from a traditionally defined “trauma,” but are impacted by challenging family and social histories or lack of nurturing. This might include growing up in an alcoholic family, with highly critical parents, having a learning disability, being bullied at school, difficulty in close relationships, or living in a home filled with frequent conflict. EMDR is also used to enhance performance, self-esteem and coping skills.

A breast cancer survivor herself, Dr. Wright understands firsthand the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to health and wellness. She will work with you to develop a treatment plan that may include resources beyond the therapy room, such as stress-management practices like yoga, self-hypnosis and guided imagery, mindfulness and meditation. She also believes in the value of humor both within the therapeutic relationship and life in general. Change doesn’t have to be difficult or serious all the time—it can be gentle, rewarding and joyful as well.

Treatment Philosophy

From the time she was in high school, Dr. Wright was drawn to psychology because it seemed to be such a practical way to help reduce the suffering of others. “Therapy offers us a personal guide as we develop new coping skills and self-acceptance,” says Dr. Wright. “These are powerful tools when facing a traumatic event or even the gradual buildup of stress and unhappiness in our life.”

“Now that I’ve been doing it for 19 years,” reflects Dr. Wright, “I’m so grateful that I chose this path.” What moves her deeply is watching people heal from old wounds, re-program their negative beliefs about themselves, and let go of baggage they’ve been carrying, sometimes for decades. Others set aside traumatic memories so that the past no longer torments them.

“Initially of course people don’t know what is possible,” reflects Dr. Wright, “they only know what they are used to. But therapy is not about becoming ‘Perfect,’ it is about learning to handle your life and knowing you have the coping skills and confidence to do so. Seeing that positive change in the lives of my clients is an awe inspiring process that I am privileged to witness.”

Professional Affiliations
Publications and Appearances
  • Dr. Wright has authored numerous online articles and has appeared on WRAL TV5 and National Public Radio on the subject of the computer game industry, the Internet, and females in technology.
  • She has enjoyed public speaking engagements with various audiences on the topics of EMDR and trauma, gender in computer games, and holiday stress.
Education /Training/Licensure
  • Psy. D. Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • Internship at The Chicago Counseling & Psychotherapy Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Certified Therapist in EMDR through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)- 2006
  • Advanced training with leading experts in the field of trauma and EMDR, including Dr. Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. (founder of EMDR) and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
  • Graduate of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program through the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, 2003
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of North Carolina. License Number: 2695

Services Offered:


  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Relationship issues
  • Life transitions
  • Family of origin issues
  • Chronic medical illness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Confidential Voicemail:

(919) 406-6122


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