Colleen Duffy, Ph.D (University of North Texas, 2000)
Licensed Psychologist, Interim Training Director

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, I am the daughter of immigrant working class parents and was also the first in my family to attend college.  I completed my masters and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas.  I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Duke University’s CAPS and I worked at UNC-Chapel Hill’s CAPS for a number of years before starting a private practice.  Finding that I missed the vibrant, collaborative environment of a university counseling center, I joined the Emory University CAPS staff in 2009.

Conceptually, I am most drawn to dynamic and contemporary relational psychotherapy that is grounded in systems, constructivist, feminist, and multicultural theory.  My clinical interests include immigrant and international student issues, spiritual issues, trauma-treatment, and clinical supervision.  I identify as integrative and strive to tailor my approach to support the ongoing needs of my client.  As a generalist I value multi-modal treatment interventions and I strive to understand the intimate connection between culture and identity.  Faced with the nuanced intersections of a client’s visible and invisible identities and my own intersecting identities, I attempt to provide a holding environment for clients to tell their stories in their own voices.  With the addition of Beowulf, CAPS’ Therapy Dog, in September 2015, I utilize Animal Assisted Therapy when appropriate with some students.  Beowulf is in my office with me on Monday through Thursdays and rests in place until she is requested.   Beowulf is an amazing partner and I’ve enjoyed learning with her.

In my free time I enjoy being anywhere in the outdoors but especially the mountains and the beach.  I am also an avid rugby fan, reader of mystery novels, and writer of poetry.