About Dr. Savia
I hold a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s in public health, and a master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology. I’m trained in faith-based care to those facing crises or life challenges that have them struggling with a sense of meaning. My broad background allows me to recognize, respect and incorporate the biological, behavioral, relational, and spiritual dimensions of my clients. I recognize courage is required to enter and continue with therapy. I provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment for people to do this important work. I truly care about my clients.
I have over three decades of work experience in a variety of settings. Prior to my clinical psychology practice, I worked in a Fortune 50 corporation health care division, in an independent medical laboratory, and in a high school as a science teacher and department chair. My clinical psychology experiences include working with adults in North Carolina, Virginia and California in hospitals, in private group practice, in the federal Veterans Affairs system, and in the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Treatment & Specialization
I enjoy working with men and women of all ages and ethnic, cultural, and educational backgrounds. My clinical interests include issues surrounding mood, anxiety, stress, relationship challenges, self-esteem, medical illness/injury, life transitions and adjustments, loss and grief, responses to trauma, and suicide. I have extensive experience working with men and women in health care, emergency medical service (EMS), fire service, law enforcement, the legal/judicial system and the clergy to address the unique stresses associated with these professions. This includes working with those whose loved ones are in these professions.
I am a frequent and well-received speaker on a wide variety of topics. I hold professional memberships in the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA), the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), and Postpartum Support International (PSI). I serve on the faculty for Fire Chaplain 101. I am also an active member of the Triangle Critical Incident Stress Management team; a volunteer with Duke Homecare and Hospice; and, a mental health team member for Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. I am also a trained Stephen Minister and Stephen Ministry Leader.