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I’m the owner and founder of Momentum Psychology and a licensed clinical psychologist, performance coach, speaker, podcast host, trainer, and former lawyer, university professor, and researcher.

I specialize in working with high-performing individuals including executives, entrepreneurs, students, creatives, celebrities, and professionals in law, medicine, business, and other high-pressure careers and their families. I specialize in supporting people struggling with:

  • anxiety (including phobias, panic, social anxiety, and OCD)

  • trauma and PTSD

  • stress and burnout

  • relationship, life, and work difficulties and transitions

  • ADHD and executive functioning problems

Before I became a licensed psychologist, I practiced intellectual property law in one of the largest law firms in the United States.

Before opening my private practice, I was a psychology professor in an R-1 university and a program director managing a multi-million dollar grant-funded residential and stepdown treatment for at-risk youth with trauma and behavioral problems.

After living all over the US, I currently live in Charlotte, NC with my husband, two children, two German Shepherds, and a confused cat who thinks he’s a dog. 

I’m an avid outdoor enthusiast—hiking, backpacking, snow skiing, scuba diving (that’s my photo above!), whitewater kayaking—you name it—I’m there!

I help people get unstuck, claim more confidence and clarity, and unleash their full potential to build a life that aligns with their values

My greatest hope is that my clients will lead the rich and fulfilling lives that they have always wanted and, through our work, will have mastered how to make sustainable change from the inside out for the rest of their lives!

When I was a lawyer, it was very difficult for me to find a therapist or coach who could really GET what it was like.

Later, when I was a psychologist, my clients expressed such relief at finding someone who really GOT it.

Some described experiences of leaving their therapist’s or coach’s office feeling guilty or ashamed about their success or their lack of fulfillment in a job or career that others might feel “lucky” to have. Others said they felt, like me, that all they accomplished was complaining for an hour. They said they felt more stuck and hopeless after the session than they did going into the sessions.

My experience in law and business helps me to really GET what it’s like for professionals at work and at home. This allows me to offer my clients research-based, sustainable, and powerful solutions that are also real-world and pragmatic.

I’m known for my authenticity, collaborative style, and fierce dedication to empowering and supporting my clients. Clients tell me that they value my diligence and action-oriented approach and my warm, funny but “keeping it real” style.

I sincerely love what I do, and I do it with vigorous passion and gratitude. I’m insatiably curious about human behavior, potential, and performance. I’m constantly reading, learning, and challenging myself to master the art and science of what I do and “walk the talk” myself.

Yes, I have street creds. However, I have learned from my own experience and supervising dozens of therapists that in addition to the training and experience piece, a good therapist can create a feeling that you have someone 100% on your side, no conditions or exceptions. It is all about the relationship between the therapist and the client.

I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University with highest honors and my J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill with honors.

I completed my predoctoral residency in clinical psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Consortium at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Center of Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Study Center, and OU Medical Center. 

After my residency, I received postdoctoral training at Yale University, the University of Virginia, Emory University, and Auburn University.

Please see my Google Scholar and Research Gate pages for a list of my published works.

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  • Licensed Psychologist, North Carolina

  • Licensed Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) Telepsychology Provider

  • Licensed Psychologist (Telehealth), Florida

  • Licensed Attorney, North Carolina

  • Licensed Attorney, Colorado (Inactive Status)

  • Trauma-Focused CBT, Certified Therapist and Supervisor

  • SPACE, Certified Provider, Yale University

  • Individual Affiliate Member, Duke / UCLA National Child Traumatic Stress Network

  • Board Certified Coach, CCE

  • Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association

  • Former Treatment Director, Auburn University Residential Treatment Program

  • Former Faculty Member, Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Program, Auburn University

  • ADOS-2 Examiner Training, Emory University

  • Certified Forensic Examiner Training, University of Virginia

  • Interdisciplinary Training Program on Child Abuse and Neglect, OUHSC


I use only evidence-based approaches. In general, this means that I strive to use treatment approaches that have been supported by reliable and replicable empirical research to show positive outcomes for clients.

I have received extensive clinical training and experience in the following evidence-based approaches:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (completed advanced peer-reviewed postdoctoral training)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Certified Foundations Provider

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

  • Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), Certified Provider, Yale University

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

  • Trauma-Focused Therapies

    • Prolonged-Exposure Therapy for Trauma (PE)

    • Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma (CPT) (completed Advanced PET Training with Dr. Patricia Resick)

    • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Certified TF-CBT Provider and Supervisor


To read about Dr. Newman’s interviews for podcasts and publications, please check out our press.

“Dr. Newman’s level of dedication and empathy is unmatched. It is an exceptional sight to see an individual who possesses so much love for what they do and give an unprecedented amount of dedication to each case. ”
— Bea Moise, MS, BCCS | Board Certified Cognitive Specialist


If you are a current client of Dr. Newman, you may manage your account through her separate client portal.


As an online or virtual therapy practice, our mission is to offer a variety of online therapy services to help you focus on your needs. We take the stress out of getting the treatment you deserve with our flexible, convenient, and easy-to-use therapy and assessment services. We offer online therapy in several states including North Carolina, Alabama, Colorado, Washington DC, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennesee, Texas, Virginia, and Utah, and all PSYPACT states, and we new states added to our list on a regular basis.

We specialize in working with high-performing professionals, executives, lawyers, entrepreneurs, physicians and other healthcare professionals, creatives, athletes, and students (college, graduate, and professional programs). We will soon be offering for high-achieving teens who want and are a good fit for online or virtual therapy. Our therapists are all doctoral-level psychologists.  Depending on the therapist you see, we can offer help with stress and burnout, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, ADHD, and depression as well as vicarious trauma, life transitions, and relationship problems. Learn more about the cost of online therapy on our investment page. Getting the best therapist for your needs no matter where you live and being able to fit it into your busy schedule might be the secret. Online therapy may be the answer you’ve been looking for! 

We use evidence-based treatment methods including ACT, DBT, RO-DBT, CBT, ERP, and trauma-informed therapies.

Please contact our office and request an appointment to hear about the many ways we can help you thrive and be successful in work and life, and hopefully all the way around.

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