Tressa D. Stiles, PsyD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I am Jamaican-American, and my heritage is very important to me, especially the music and food! I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Those closest to me would say I have the travel bug. Jamaica, Italy, Greece and Dubai are among my favorite places I have visited thus far.
According to my mother, I have wanted to be a psychologist since I was 7 years old. I remember my pretend play with my siblings involved me placing them on a couch and asking them how their day was, while I took notes. I guess I was born for this profession and I truly believe I have found my calling.
About my practice
As a clinical psychologist I have worked with ethnically and clinically diverse populations. My training and work experiences range from juvenile detention centers and jails to an inpatient hospital and community based mental health center. I have had the pleasure of working for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and now Georgia. Within my role at Kaiser Permanente, I provide therapeutic services both in individual and group settings, but I also have experience conducting psychological evaluations, as well as forensic assessments. I mainly practice from a cognitive behavioral therapy/dialectical behavioral therapy framework, because I believe this offers the client a variety of life changing skills. However, I have also grown fond of positive psychology, which places more emphasis on the member's strengths and the valuable resources they bring to the table.
How I thrive
When I think about thriving, I think about what it means to me to be successful. If I am doing well professionally, interpersonally and feeling healthy, then I consider myself successful. While I realize I will not be perfect in all these areas, I do my best to see some progress. Professionally, I like to keep up with current literature and trainings within the field of psychology. In my personal life I try to make time for my friends and family when I can, or at least send them messages letting them know how much I value them. Lastly, when it comes to health, I work out regularly and try to make healthy choices with my diet. My favorite forms of exercise are Zumba and cycling.