BLAKELY MULDER, M.A.

Ms. Blakely Mulder holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Counselor Education and is currently completing her doctorate; she is a licensed school psychologist. Ms. Mulder conducts individual, group, and family counseling and psychological, psycho-educational, and neuropsychological evaluations for all ages. She has experience working in private practice settings, schools, and hospitals. Ms. Mulder also has experience with educational consultation, particularly regarding eligibility for special education services and accommodations. She completed an undergraduate internship in neuropsychological assessment at the Medical University of South Carolina and a graduate internship in comprehensive school psychological services at Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.

Intervention Style: Ms. Mulder takes a problem-solving approach to intervention, working to help clients better understand their presenting concerns and give them the tools needed to improve their quality of life. To do this, she uses elements from cognitive-behavioral (CBT), humanistic, and psychodynamic therapies. Ms. Mulder believes that insight into the reason for one’s problems is only part of the therapeutic process. She works with clients to help them identify and change the patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that keep them stuck in their present situation. Ms. Mulder provides clients with tools and exercises meant to help change these patterns. She collaborates with her clients to identify the action steps needed for long-term change and provides encouragement for her clients every step of the way. These strategies have been effective with both adults and children and are adapted to the client’s needs and developmental level. With younger children, Ms. Mulder also incorporates play therapy in order to help the child feel comfortable, express themselves, and problem-solve using hypothetical situations.

Therapy Experience: Ms. Mulder has experience working with children, teens, and adults with a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns. She has provided therapy to individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, emotion regulation, trauma reactions, recurrent suicidality, self-esteem, social skills, communication, relationships, and job dissatisfaction. Ms. Mulder has specialized training in: parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT); cognitive-behavioral therapy for children impacted by trauma (TF-CBT); suicide risk assessment and intervention; and counseling LGBTQ+ adults and youth. She also has specialized experience providing individual and group therapy to children and teens whose mental health and behavior interfere with their ability to do well in school. Ms. Mulder especially enjoys working with children and teens with significant mental health needs and trauma histories.

Evaluation Experience: Ms. Mulder conducts comprehensive psychological, psycho-educational, neuropsychological, and forensic evaluations for all ages. She uses cognitive, achievement, behavioral, emotional, personality, and neuropsychological measures, as well as interviews and reviews of records, in order to gain a holistic sense of a person’s underlying strengths and areas of need. Ms. Mulder conducts evaluations with both adults and children. She has specialized experience with students ages 3-21 conducting evaluations to meet the state legal standards needed for students to receive Section 504 accommodations or special education services, and specialized training conducting neuropsychological evaluations for adults with memory loss due to seizures, head injury, dementia, and aging from the Medical University of South Carolina’s neurology clinic.

Personal: Ms. Mulder is an avid fan of chocolate, musical theater, and free museums. When not at the office, she can be found at her spin studio or writing in a local coffee house.