Staff Bio

Dr. Bridget Wieckowski

Psychologist

I have worked with children, teens, young adults, and families in a variety of settings including community mental health clinics, schools, clients’ homes, and hospitals. Through these experiences, I became passionate about psychological assessment. Having witnessed many situations where people did not feel seen, heard, or validated by professionals, my goal was to create a safe and comforting assessment space to allow clients to explore aspects of themselves that would otherwise be hidden or not talked about.

I strongly believe in trusting individuals as the experts of their own lives, and using my expertise in interpreting test data and active listening to peoples’ stories to provide clear and understandable answers through an evaluation. I find joy in hearing clients express that they feel more deeply connected to themselves at the end of the process.

I am now practicing full-time as an assessor with Relucent Psychology Group in-person in the Sacramento Region as well as virtually throughout the state of California. Over the past few years, I’ve found that virtual evaluations have just as many benefits as in-person (if not more in cases where folks feel very anxious about testing or prefer the comfort of their home), which is why we have chosen to offer both types and allow adults to choose their personal preference. For children and teens being evaluated, I decide the best method of testing based on age and developmental maturity. As an assessor who completed a child-focused curriculum educationally, I am confident in making decisions about whether in-person or virtual testing would better provide answers for families. Having a child-focused history also greatly benefits my adult clients in that I am highly capable of seeing the way that childhood experiences have impacted or influenced their adulthood experiences.

I earned a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from an APA-accredited graduate program at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California in Davis. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Ann Martin Center and my post-doctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente in Pleasanton.

In addition to being a therapist and assessor, I have presented at conferences such as the International Society for Autism Research. I have also provided corporate talks on topics such as Managing Parental Burnout and Work-Life Balance as well as guest spoken at local schools’ Psychology Club and Teacher Team Meetings. If you are interested in having me speak to your company, school, or group, please contact me at [email protected] to learn more.

Dr. Bridget Wieckowski

Education

  • Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA
  • University of California in Davis

Additional Trainings and Interests

  • Attachment and early childhood
  • Family therapy
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Social skills building
  • LGBTQ+ friendly
  • Work-life and school-life balance
  • Mindfulness

License

  • California Board of Psychology License: PSY 31996

Publications

  • Wieckowski, B. M., Mukhtar, Y., Lee, J. J., Xing, G., Walker, C. K. (2017). Higher Autism in Children of Women with Psychiatric Diagnoses. Res Autism Spectr Disord, 33, 10-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2016.10.004

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