Dr. Stephanie Kilpatrick
Individual, group, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to address trauma related disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as personality disorders for adolescents and adults.
Psychotherapy, psychedelic-assisted therapy, individual and family psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychological evaluations, forensic evaluations, and workers compensation evaluations.
Stephanie Kilpatrick, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist practicing in New Haven, CT. Dr. Kilpatrick is co-director at the West Rock Wellness, PLLC where she incorporates talk therapy based on psychodynamic, existential approaches, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and psychedelic assisted therapies to address existential struggles through exploration of root causes of distress and suffering. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in psychology and received a Psy.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Kilpatrick has been trained by M.A.P.S., worked as a therapist for Yale’s psilocybin-assisted therapy for depression study, and holds a psychedelic therapist certificate from Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research program at The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
Emotional and psychological difficulties arise from harmful lived experiences that contribute to shame and fear, fracturing and isolating us from each other resulting in reactive patterns of relating in the world. It is through identifying root causes of harm and excavating defense structures created in reaction to those original wounds that we work to differentiate pasts from present and identify injuries and reactive patterns of behavior created in an attempt to stay safe in an attempt to avoid fear and shame. To be witnessed in this struggle is a kind of bringing to light of what was previously in the shadows, and allows the opportunity for connection and a relearning to be in the world and in relationship to others.
Dr. Stephanie Kilpatrick was born in Balsas, Maranhao, Brazil and immigrated to the United States in 1988. In 1997 she left New Jersey for the west coast, eventually graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from The University of California Los Angeles, (U.C.L.A.) and with a Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she began her clinical career working with homeless populations in the skid row area of downtown L.A., as well as with adults transitioning out of the corrections system. Her multicultural background and early clinical experiences informed Dr. Kilpatrick’s approach in identifying concrete and systemic harm that impact the emotional and psychological well-being of each person and how they respond in the world.