Dr. Pikiewicz earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. She completed pre-doctoral training at the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center in Ojai, CA, and her post-doctoral internship at the Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research in Boulder, CO. At both sites, Dr. Pikiewicz worked with a range of adult, adolescent and child clients in individual, couples, family and group settings. She also holds a B.S. with a major in environmental science from Allegheny College and an elementary education teaching credential from Western Washington University.
Dr. Pikiewicz’s first career was in education. Through her mid 20s, she taught at an experiential science school from September through May and guided for Outward Bound Colorado during the summers. After earning her teaching credential, Dr. Pikiewicz worked as a grant-funded literacy specialist in a struggling California middle school and then as a 6th grade teacher in Bozeman, MT. During this time, Dr. Pikiewicz used her classroom to pilot innovative teaching programs, which she presented at local and national conferences and published with a variety of educational publishers. However, while she felt effective at meeting her students’ educational needs, her heart was drawn toward working with the emotional needs of her students and their parents. It was the desire to heal the root causes of the difficulties faced by her students and their parents that led Dr. Pikiewicz to transition from education to psychotherapy.
Dr. Pikiewicz now works with adult, adolescent and child clients in Boulder, Colorado, and as a school psychologist at Mackintosh Academy, a school for gifted learners.
Dr. Pikiewicz is experienced with a variety of psychological and educational assessment and testing tools, especially including measures of IQ, spectrum disorder, dyslexia, parent stress, and parent-child attachment. The results of assessments inform suggestions for classroom accommodations, family support, and possible recommendations for further services. She has widely published and presented her research with trauma and posttraumatic growth in parents of chronically ill children, including at conferences of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is her passion to support students and parents in school settings to promote education, creativity, relationships and joy.
• Member of the American Psychological Association
• Editor of the APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) blog at PsychologyToday.com
• Editor of the APA Div 39 publication InSight
• Managing editor of the APA Div 39 publication DIVISION/Review