Dr. Gold is a licensed psychologist who has extensive training and experience in helping people deal with the broad range of concerns that present across the life span. Additionally, she has developed expertise in addressing eating disorders, compulsive eating, sexual, emotional and physical trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and women's issues.
She believes that a crucial component of effective therapy involves helping people gain awareness of the ways that past experiences impact current feelings and beliefs. By providing a warm and caring therapeutic environment, her intention is to help individuals approach their issues with increased levels of compassion, thereby facilitating positive change and growth. This allows old patterns to be released making way for more positive and productive ways of relating to self and others. Dr. Gold provides individual, couples, and group therapy.
Dr. Gold views the body, mind, and spirit as being integrally connected. As such, her approach involves a consideration of the entire context of a person's life. This perspective has led her to pursue post-graduate training in several innovative and cutting edge modalities that actually can help to "speed up" the healing process. These include : EMDR, HeartMath®, Energy Psychology®, and clinical hypnosis (see below)
Dr. Gold has worked in the field of psychotherapy for close to thirty years, and has been practicing in Wilmington since 1994. She initially provided services in university settings including the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. While employed at UNCW she assisted with the inception of two annual art exhibits, which featured works created by Survivors of sexual abuse. She subsequently coordinated two women's conferences at the university, Many Women, Many Stories and Whole Woman, New Millennium. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona , a M.A. in Marriage and Family counseling from the University of California , Santa Barbara , and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois , Urbana.