Colley Bishop has over 30 years working in the mental health field. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Education, she worked as a volunteer for the Cincinnati Mental Health Association. She returned years later to the University of Cincinnati and received a master degree in Counselor Education. Her work focused primarily on child counseling. She relocated to Houston, Texas, where she attended Houston Baptist University and received a Master Degree in Psychology. She spent a year working in a private psychiatric hospital doing psychological evaluations on incoming patients. The knowledge gained from her experience and degree in psychology have proven to be a valuable addition to her counselor education. She returned to Ohio and became licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She continued her work with children and families. In addition, she provided clinical supervision to therapists in the outpatient services department. She also became a team leader in the agency Partial Residential Treatment Program. It was during this time that she became trained as a provider of Parent Child Interaction Therapy through the Mayerson Center at Children’s’ Hospital of Cincinnati. She went on to be trained as a co-trainer. Ms. Bishop has spent most of her career working for various agencies, in addition to having her own private practice in Alpharetta, GA for 10 years, treating children, families, couples, and individual adolescents and adults.
Prior to moving to Virginia in 2018, Ms. Bishop resided in Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, she worked as a Clinical Supervisor for Child Guidance Resource Center, where she headed up a team of clinicians providing integrated behavioral healthcare at a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Primary Care in West Philadelphia. It was there that she became trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In addition, she spent six years as a Seminar Leader for graduate students in counseling at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Bishop has treated patients from age 2 to 70. Most of her clients present with symptoms of anxiety and depression, related to life changes and sometimes histories of trauma. She tends to use a variety of modalities, depending upon the needs of the client. Her primary orientation is in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as it adapts well to most situations’
Ms. Bishop’s practice focuses on treating depression, anxiety, life changes, parenting issues, relationship issues, and acute health issues. She uses a Cognitive Behavioral approach with Solution Focused outcomes. Her ability to engage with clients through a “laid back”, genuine, compassionate, and sensitive manner is an important agent for change. She is person of commitment and dedication in assisting her clients to be healthier. Her clients also appreciate her use of humor to enhance perspective when appropriate. When a person can change how he/she views a situation, then there can be a better response rather than a reaction. She has been providing psychotherapy to clients since 1989.