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Lea D. Queen

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Lea D. Queen

Dr. Lea D Queen completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and women's studies at University of California at Santa Cruz, subsequently pursued graduate training in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, Ca, and completing a doctorate in clinical psychology in 2004. For a number of years, Dr. Queen had a private practice in the Berkeley, Ca., but over time became aware of the exceptional need for mental health care in rural settings where health care providers were few and far between.  

Dr. Queen made the move to Mendocino County in 2012 and began working at Anderson Valley Health Center in 2019. She was immediately drawn to the approach of providing whole person care with the combined team of medical, dental and behavioral health care providers. Current research suggests that there is significant correlation between better overall health when people are able to access their providers at the same location, especially when a team approach is employed. Dr. Queen works collaboratively with the team at AVHC to provide the best care for each patient.  Her clinical interests include the dynamics of how people are affected by all the factors of daily living; including but not limited to trauma, acute and chronic medical illness, socioeconomic conditions, issues related to disenfranchisement and equity, healthy food availability, exercise, positive self-care, creating and maintaining healthy social and family relationships.  Dr. Queen works to understand how all factors of a person's life may be affecting their mental health, and collaborates with her patients to help them live their best lives. She uses a broad range of evidence based psychodynamic and behavioral techniques in the psychotherapy and counseling process. 

In her time outside of work she likes to garden, cooking healthy food, and she likes to hike the surrounding hills and at the coast, enjoying all that Mendocino county has to offer.