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Holly Davis, Ph.D.

Therapeutic Style:

My style of therapy is integrative and strengths-based, including elements of interpersonal process, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical-behavioral theories within a sociocultural and feminist therapy framework. I enjoy integrating mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions into my work, and especially value a collaborative approach to therapy and clients’ holistic wellness.

Supervision Style: 

Much like my therapeutic style, I approach supervision from a strengths-based and collaborative perspective. I strive to provide a balance of support and challenge that promotes enhancing existing strengths, learning new skills, and reaching goals, at a developmentally appropriate pace.

I believe that being a skilled mental health clinician means understanding the influence and intersection of both our professional roles and personal identities. Because of this, supervision with trainees will include in-depth case discussions, case conceptualization, treatment planning, and building new skills, as well as issues related to professional development and identity. Consideration and discussion of growth in multicultural competence/development is always interwoven throughout supervision.

Professional Interests:

My professional interests include eating disorders, body image, size diversity and weight stigma, and I have a passion for promoting body positivity. My research background focused on experiences of body size/weight-related bias and oppression, which informs my work with individuals across the body size continuum. I enjoy supporting and helping the individuals I work with as they explore their relationships with health, weight, eating, and physical movement.

Other professional interests include: concerns that disproportionately impact women, working with survivors of sexual assault, and issues related to gender identity, sexuality, and sexual orientation. I strongly value my role as an LGB and Trans affirming therapist. I also love to work with students with relationship and family concerns, concerns related to identity development, and issues specific to graduate students.

In addition, I am enthusiastic about the power of outreach programming and prevention efforts to strengthen wellness and reduce stigma within our community.

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I enjoy facilitating the Journeys to Eating Disorder Recovery therapy group at CCS, am a member of the OSU Body Image and Health Taskforce, and have the pleasure of serving as the CCS liaison to the Dance Department.

I also currently serve as chair of the OSU Eating Disorder Treatment Team.

Educational Background:

I completed my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. I earned a master's degree in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. I completed my doctoral internship at the University of Michigan.

Personal Interests:

In my free time, I enjoy playing with my dog, spending time with loved ones, practicing yoga, taking dance classes, hiking, camping, watching movies, and spending time outdoors. I love to travel, try new things, and challenge myself to be adventurous, but also value curling up on the sofa with a good book.

My Pronouns:  

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