Articles by Kelsey Ball, PhD

Kelsey Ball is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga instructor in the Washington, DC area. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Howard University and currently works as a consultant for various assessment companies as well as the Department of Defense. She recently launched a telehealth company, FiveMedicine, which provides medical, mental health, and complementary health services via phone and computer. Her work in forensic settings, schools, community mental health, and private practice have provided her with a variety of clinical experiences with diverse populations. Having grown up in Bermuda, she has a particular interest in minority mental health and consistently advocates for holistic approaches to health and wellness with at-risk populations.

How to Stay Positive During Your EPPP Journey

How to Stay Positive During Your EPPP Journey

Do you remember that catchy little tune by Bobby McFerrin? “In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double, don’t worry… be happy!” I know it’s a bit corny, but it is so true when it comes to exam prep.

The prospect of being happy seems nearly impossible when preparing for exams like the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Hours of time spent studying. Fatigue from sleepless nights of cramming and, of course, good ol’ financial strain from the hundreds of dollars spent on study materials. It can be a bit much. But, as someone who recently passed EPPP, I promise there are ways to make your EPPP journey a happy one.

Before we get into the tips for making EPPP a more positive experience, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge what everyone is probably thinking right now: Yes. The EPPP is a daunting exam. Yes. It feels cruel and unfair. Yes, it sucks. However, it is a necessary part of becoming a clinician.

Complementary & Alternative Medicine in the Therapy Room

Complementary & Alternative Medicine in the Therapy Room

As aspiring mental health professionals and clinicians, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve our practice to better serve our clients. As a field, psychology is known for integrating new innovations into existing practices.

It is this receptivity and openness to new methods and practices that have been essential components to maintaining clinical competence within our field.

3 Easy Mindfulness Techniques for Busy Grad Students

3 Easy Mindfulness Techniques for Busy Grad Students

Do you ever feel like you are moving through grad school like a busy bee? Completely on autopilot?

Externship. Clients. Supervisors. Emails. Research. Class. Professors. Assignments. Dissertation. Family. Friends.

Sometimes it can all seem like one, big blur.

As graduate students in the mental health field, we are tasked with the challenge of helping others achieve mental wellness. However, in focusing on the wellbeing of others, we often completely forget to take care of our own emotional health.