Psychologist in Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Jeanne Steffen, Psychologist, has a mission is to provide the highest quality psychological services that are designed to affect healthy, long-term changes that will improve people’s quality of life. Dr. Steffen specializes in using techniques that are backed by science and proven effective to make strong positive changes in the least amount of time possible. A multi-cultural and faceted approach for an all-encompassing life quality change is important to Dr. Steffen.

Psychologist Services

Dr. Steffen focuses on providing individual psychotherapy to middle school aged (12 and above) people with a variety of psychological and mental health needs.

Dr. Steffen has significant experience in psychological therapy, assessment and consultation, and has expertise in treating general psychological concerns such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Panic Attacks
  • Grief
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Academic Issues
  • Eating Problems
  • Adjustment/Reintegration
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Attention, Concentration, and Focus
  • Motivation
  • Intrusive thoughts (e.g., self/other harm, illness fears, identity fears, perfectionism)
  • Parenting Issues (e.g, school refusal, oppositional behavior, change in relational status/divorce)
  • Identity (e.g., LGBTQ, ethnicity/race, religion, ability, career, relationship status)
  • Many other challenges. Call to find out if Dr. Steffen can help you.


Psychotherapy: Dr. Steffen has helped many people conquer their psychological challenges through strong therapeutic relationship, which has been proven by science to be the number one predictor of therapeutic success. Establishing a positive relationship will be important. This means creating a shared language to identify and explore the patient’s challenges and problems. That way positive education about psychological risk factors and learning what to do about them can happen. Hope for change through confident interactions will propel clients into a mode for success.

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy or EMDR, is an adjunctive treatment for trauma that quickly and effectively assists people to process a wide range of past experiences.  Typically, Dr. Steffen may suggest adding this treatment to help people reprocess “paired associations” (e.g., triggers that result in flashbacks, fears, and/or over-reactions to current interpersonal “safe enough” experiences) or “body memories” (e.g., unconscious and, usually, protective body responses from the past that are no longer adaptive in the present).  This type of therapy has been proven effective for helping people retrain their responses and achieve their therapeutic goals faster and more effectively when added to psychotherapy.