Title: Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Company: Eastern Kansas Health Care System; Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Administration Medical Center
Location: Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
Amber Guzmán, PsyD, LP, CCTP-II, Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Administration Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mental health rehabilitation treatment and trauma treatment.
Dr. Guzmán is excited to be entering her 12th year of government service, 10 years with the Dwight D. Eisenhower VAMC (Leavenworth VA). Her career path has had some winding roads, and she believes she is exactly where she is supposed to be, helping Veterans. After obtaining an Associate of Arts in linguistics and liberal arts from Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1992, she took a brief break to travel around the world. First she went to Thailand with her sister. Then she went to Germany for three years with her husband who was serving in the United States Army in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn (2003-2005). During his 16-month deployment to Iraq, Dr. Guzmán experienced anticipatory grief, which led her to become interested in helping other military families facing similar struggles. Upon returning stateside, she was accepted into Hood College in Frederick, Maryland where she subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2007 and a Master of Arts in Thanatology in 2008. She continued her education with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2010 and then a Doctor of Clinical Psychology in 2013 from the American School of Professional Psychology. Washington DC campus.
After graduation, Dr. Guzmán continued her training as a clinical psychology doctoral extern with Laurel Life of Manito Therapeutic Enrichment Center from 2008 to 2009, then the Maryland Correctional Training Center from 2009 to 2010. She completed her externship with the Martinsburg Veterans Administration Medical Center from 2010 to 2011. She joined the Leavenworth VA in 2012, as a Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Intern. She was offered the opportunity to work there upon completion of her internship, and beginning in 2013, she excelled as a Clinical Psychologist.
Since 2013, Dr. Guzmán has provided superior care including extensive psychodiagnostic evaluations, group and individual evidence based psychotherapy, and clinical supervision at the Leavenworth VA. Beginning in Geriatric Extended Care in 2013, she provided outpatient and inpatient care to older Veterans and their families. As a career highlight, she cites developing a pain assessment and management committee for the Community Living Center, which encouraged providers to utilize different types of measures to assess pain and approach pain from a more holistic perspective versus the medical model. She also provided extensive caregiver support, and provided family and couples therapy. In 2017 she transferred to be the psychology lead in the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP, or Domiciliary). She most recently transferred to Mental Health Outpatient/Posttraumatic Stress Treatment Clinic as the Trauma Specialist. Her specialties include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (for which she is a certified provider, consultant, and trainer), Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (certified provider), and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD. She is a VA-certified provider of Motivational Enhancement Therapy for Substance Use Disorders, and Motivational Interviewing. She also provides Mindfulness-Based approaches, Somatosensory Psychotherapy, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy.
During her doctoral studies Dr. Guzmán received a research grant/award from the Society for Military Psychology. She was co-author of a chapter in “Treatment of adult depression. In L.R. Grossman & S. Walfish (Eds.), Translating Research into Practice: A Desk Reference for Practicing Mental Health Professionals.” Additionally, she was published in “The Big Book of ACT Metaphors” in 2014. She has garnered Special Contribution Awards for COVID-19 Group Planning and as acting Domiciliary Chief. In 2021, Dr. Guzmán extended her training and experiences, obtaining level 2 certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP-II). Dr. Guzmán is a two-time nominee, and one-time winner of the Veterans Administration I CARE Award.
In the coming years, Dr. Guzmán is considering becoming an Adjunct Professor in Psychology and Thanatology at a local University.
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