INTRODUCING DR. GRIFFIN
Zhawantae Griffin, Ph.D. works from a cognitive behavioral approach in therapy and enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and families. Her style is supportive and encouraging, as she promotes overall well-being through the exploration of unhealthy thoughts, emotions, and behavior. She believes the therapeutic relationship to be collaborative, working together to reach goals. Dr. Griffin truly believes that change is possible and works with individuals to move beyond the “stuckness” that sometimes occurs in life. She also encourages the development of strong and supportive relationships. She is particularly interested in working with adolescents and adults in life transitions and those who are experiencing depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral concerns, and home, school, and work-related stressors. Dr. Griffin also conducts psychological evaluations with adolescents and adults for the assessment of concerns related to emotion, attention and behavioral issues, learning difficulties, and personality. She has received formal training in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Education and Career Background
Dr. Griffin received her doctorate in Clinical Adolescent Psychology and her masters in Juvenile Forensic Psychology from Prairie View A&M University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Texas Youth Commission – Giddings State School, working with youth who have been adjudicated for a criminal offenses. She completed a post-doctoral internship at Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas, providing outpatient services to local communities. Dr. Griffin has worked in various settings, including juvenile justice, psychiatric hospitals, private practice, universities, domestic violence centers, and community mental health. Her training includes working with individuals who experience sadness and depression, stress and anxiety, parent-child relationship difficulties, adjustment to life transitions, trauma, grief and loss, and behavioral/emotional difficulties. Dr. Griffin has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families from various ethnic, cultural, and spiritual backgrounds. In her work, she has provided individual, family, and group therapy, crisis intervention, as well as psychological evaluations. Dr. Griffin is a postdoctoral fellow at Great Life Counseling Center under the supervision of Dr. Crystal Gayle, Ph.D.