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Dr. Bethany Vaudrey, PsyD

I'm a mom, wife, and licensed psychologist. I founded Sunlight Psychological Services in 2019 with a mission to cultivate relational wellness for the whole family.

My clinical specialties include:

  • Little kids with big feelings

  • Child/adolescent anxiety, depression, or trauma

  • Helping families change unhelpful patterns

  • Psychological testing

Background & Experience

I earned my Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) from Azusa Pacific University. During my graduate training, I worked with traumatized children and teens at some of California's most well-known clinics including Hathaway-Sycamores and Pacific Clinics. I completed my pre-doctoral residency at the UC Davis Children's Hospital, where I received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of children with complex mental health histories. I became certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) at the UC Davis PCIT Training Institute in 2014. I worked at the Child & Family Guidance Center as a psychologist and supervisor until 2019, when I opened Sunlight Psychological Services. In recent years, I have also worked as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP). 

Philosophy & Style

I believe the best way to develop thriving adults is to nourish strong family relationships and emotional skills during childhood. Because our relational and emotional patterns develop throughout our lifespan, childhood is a perfect time for therapy!

 

I am committed to understanding the unique dynamics and needs of a family in order to provide therapy that is both empathic and research-supported. I combine elements of evidence-based therapies (such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy or Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) with a warm, fun, person-centered approach. I believe that parents are the solution for their children, and therefore I include caregivers as active partners in every therapy case.