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“Understanding what children are communicating through their emotions, behaviors and play is essential in responding appropriately to their traumatic reactions.”

Marshfield - Marshfield Medical Center

1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449

Appointment Phone:
1-715-387-5744

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For nearly 20 years, Dr. Myra D. West has specialized in the assessment and treatment of children exposed to trauma. She became interested in working to improve the lives of children as a teenager when she was exposed to, via the media, traumatic incidents against children.

Dr. West works with children who have experienced sexual, physical and emotional abuse, neglect, violence, child abductions, home invasions or witnessed domestic and community violence. She also has extensive experience assessing and treating traumatic reactions in pediatric burn survivors.

Dr. West believes it’s crucial to observe and listen intently to children and their caregivers and be sensitive to the issues they are dealing with.

“What I like most about my job is helping others understand children’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors through a trauma-focused lens,” she said. “Children communicate through their play and behaviors, and sometimes, as adults, we forget that they may not have the vocabulary to express themselves in a way that we would best understand.”

Dr. West earned her Psy.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Denver and her M.S. in child development from the University of Tennessee. She has received trauma-focused training from Yale University’s Child Study Center, Drexel University and other nationally recognized specialists in the field of trauma.

Dr. West has served as a director of a children’s advocacy center, a forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, expert witness at city, county and federal levels, a trauma-focused resource for law enforcement and first responders, and an adjunct instructor for a doctoral program in forensic psychology.

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  • Internship
    Advocate Christ Medical Center/Family Care Network Oak Lawn, IL, United States, Clinical Psychology 2002

    Fellowship
    La Rabida Children's Hospital Chicago, IL, United States, Childhood Sexual Abuse & Trauma 2004

  • Professional Societies
    American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children American Psychological Association International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

    State Licenses
    Illinois Wisconsin

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