Dr. Rankin received her B.A. in Psychology at Rice University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University. Before beginning clinical work, Dr. Rankin conducted cognitive and developmental psychology research. She interned at Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Medical College of Virginia, treating children and adolescents in day, residential, and acute settings.
Dr. Rankin has worked with a variety of adult and child clients at several community mental health agencies. She has intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has conducted group and individual DBT in private practice. Dr. Rankin performs psychological and psycho-educational evaluations and has experience testing in school, community mental health, inpatient, and private practice settings.
Her therapy approach is integrative, using cognitive-behavioral techniques with an awareness of dynamic processes and family systems. Dr. Rankin’s therapy practice includes individual child, adolescent, and adult work as well as parenting and family work.
Currently, she has a particular interest in integrating mindfulness practice, DBT skills, and exposure therapy into her treatment of adults and adolescents; working on organizational skills with adolescents with executive functioning difficulties; and using creative materials in therapy with adolescents and older children.