Alison Caldwell-Andrews, PhD, FAIS is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist offering examination, diagnosis, treatment and consulting services for persons confronted with a range of emotional, behavioral and relationship problems. Individual and group therapies are offered. In addition, Dr. Caldwell-Andrews is an entertaining and informative public speaker on topics of mind-body health and motivation.
Dr. Caldwell-Andrews is committed to offering quality care in the context of compassion, ethics and effectiveness. Her practice is located in central Connecticut with easy access from I-91, or Route 9.
Training and Experience
Dr. Caldwell-Andrews received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2000, and next completed a post-doc in Mind-Body Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. Then, as research faculty at Yale, she conducted clinical research studies on interventions designed to reduce anxiety in adults, families and children. During this time she published nearly 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, acted as a reviewer for several journals, and personally received two grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Learning to do real-life clinical research at an institution like Yale was invaluable in providing exposure and training in clinical research methodology and statistics. Dr. Caldwell-Andrews brings this experience to her own personal research efforts in the area of mind-body medicine.
Dr. Caldwell-Andrews received first-rate training in therapy during graduate school and during her internship in Community Mental Health. “Seeing the really tough cases – the people who were all but left behind by their families and by general health care – changed my perspective. I learned not only how to help people who were incredibly discouraged and unmotivated, but also how to better work with people who were lucky enough to not be in quite that difficult a position. I came out of that training with a deeper sense of compassion for humanity and for human frailty.”
Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy started in 1996 under the wonderful tutorship of Dr. Martha Wetter, and Dr. Ruth Baer. Dr. Caldwell-Andrews completed a graduate school course in DBT equivalent to the Intensive Training, and also twice worked through the Intensive Training materials with her colleagues, under the direction of Dr. Wetter. She completed an Advanced DBT training led by Dr. Marsha Linehan (1999) and co-led a 40-hour DBT training workshop for state mental health workers in Kentucky.
Dr. Caldwell-Andrews has been in private practice since 2006, and at her Middlefield office location since 2008. She became a Fellow of the American Society of Stress in 2013.
From Close-Up Talk Radio’s Spotlight on Dr. Caldwell-Andrews
Middlefield, CT – You can’t help your mind if your body is suffering. If you’re not eating right, sleeping right and exercising, you’re not able to heal, body or mind.
As a former member of research faculty focused in Mind-Body Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Alison Caldwell-Andrews studied the depths of the mind-body connection. Today, Dr. Caldwell-Andrews is a licensed clinical psychologist, dialectical behavioral therapist and an expert in mind-body health.
“It’s crucial to improve how you eat, sleep and exercise because the literature shows how deeply those things are connected to your mental health,” says Dr. Caldwell-Andrews. “The reason I include these things in therapy is because there is data that indicates this is appropriate and it works.”
Dr. Caldwell-Andrews specializes in what she describes as “sensitive people,” people who experience difficulty handling their emotions. Dr. Caldwell-Andrews employs a holistic approach to therapy to help her patients understand that their sensitivity can be a tremendous asset, not a source of pain in their life.
“We love insight, but the problem is insight alone doesn’t bring about change,” explains Dr. Caldwell-Andrews. “When you change your behavior, you find that your feelings follow change too. Working on creating behavior change is key to what I do.”
According to Dr. Caldwell-Andrews, creating change is more than a mental process. Change requires nourishing and disciplining the brain, as well as behavioral practice.
“When I see people change and make gains, it makes me so happy,” says Dr. Caldwell-Andrews. “I love working with people and watching them change and grapple with problems and really get in a dirty fight with it. You don’t have to run away from it. We can do it together.”