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Deanna S. Pledge

Stephens College; University of Missouri- Columbia

Dr. Pledge is a psychologist in private practice and an author, who teaches at a local college (assistant professor in the graduate counseling program at Stephens College) and university (adjunct professor, University of Missouri-Columbia). She has been in private practice for over ten years, and her practice includes individual (adult, child, and adolescent) therapies and couples/family therapy. Interactions with the community include presentations, workshops, and consultation with families, agencies, and other professionals, including a weekly informational segment as part of the local news broadcast. Areas of specialty include child and adolescent therapies, women's issues, trauma/abuse treatment, family and group therapies, attention deficit, mood disorders, grief and loss, adjustment to life events and transitions, and journal writing. She has served as an ad hoc reviewer for THE COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGIST. She has contributed to GALE GROUP ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MENTAL ILLNESS and ERIC DIGEST. In addition to this book, she has published a book about abuse for teens with Free Spirit Publishing, entitled WHEN SOMETHING FEELS WRONG.