Intuition Wellness Center is a small multidisciplinary team of pediatric experts on the Northwest side of Tucson. Our clinical team currently includes psychologists and social workers who work together to best serve our clients. Our mission is simple: Inspire children, young adults, and families to live in health and joy.
We believe every person deserves access to high quality services. For this reason, we take many steps to help establish the accessibility of services and to ensure that our broader professional community is well-educated, supported, and trained in providing evidence-based and feedback-informated compassionate care to children, young adults, and families. Beyond offering clinical services and wellness programs, we regularly collaborate with other professionals and organizations, host a multidisciplinary professional listserv, offer continuing education, trainings and consultation, maintain a highly structured training program for graduate students, sponsor and participate in select community-based activities with shared goals, and seek out and engage in ongoing learning opportunities.
Intuition Wellness Center offers a limited number of clinical psychology internship placements to qualified graduate students completing requirements for a doctorate degree in the fields of clinical psychology and school psychology. Intuition offers a comprehensive and structured psychology internship focused on providing interns with high quality supervision and didactic training, a diverse and challenging client population, opportunities to supervise, as well as experience working within a multidisciplinary team. The primary goal of the internship program is to prepare interns for clinical practice as entry-level professionals who can work competently with children, adolescents, and families. We believe in providing a well-rounded training experience as a means of challenging interns, assisting them in finding their passions and preparing them for professional life and licensure after completion of their training program.
Our client population is diverse both in clinical and in cultural presentation. While the training experience is focused on individual child, young adult, and family treatment, interns may also have the opportunity to work with select adult clients, offer therapy groups, or make contributions to wellness programs. Intuition Wellness Center’s clients present with an array of difficulties, including adjustment issues, divorce reaction, developmental delays, co-parenting difficulties, depression, grief and loss, anxiety, social skills problems, chronic medical conditions, and academic underachievement. Our clients come from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual and gender orientations, religious affiliations and family compositions.
Interns who train at Intuition Wellness Center will benefit from the integrative model of treatment held by our licensed clinical team members. Theoretical orientations of clinical team members range from systemic to cognitive-behavioral to humanistic to existential and our staff have diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Each intern is encouraged to take full advantage of the range of theories represented at Intuition Wellness Center so as to deepen their skill set in multiple modes of conceptualization and intervention.
Systems engagement is a key component of the work at Intuition Wellness Center and each clinical team member has varied methods of incorporating this concept into their work. Our clinicians take a non-traditional perspective on the definition of “family” believing that a client’s family of origin is just one small component of a much broader concept. Students who train with Intuition Wellness Center’s team will learn to engage the school system, extended family members, service providers and other caregivers within their clients’ lives so as foster change that goes beyond the therapy office.
Intuition Wellness also provides a unique service to clients, which includes a team approach to cases. It is not unusual for a family to be served by more than one member of our clinical team and/or wellness staff. This looks different for each family. At times, this may mean that one team member is invited to observe the child at school and make behavioral intervention recommendations to school staff while another team member offers individual therapy sessions to the child and yet another team member offers a wellness class to one or more family members. In other cases, it may mean that, after a period of skill-building, a client is discharged by one team member and transferred to another to build upon the skills learned utilizing a different approach. Finally, it may also mean that while a client is receiving direct service from one team member, this provider is receiving consultation and guidance regularly from her team members so as to provide truly tailored support to her client.
Each of Intuition Wellness Center’s team members is engaged and committed to the training process. While official supervision assignments are steady throughout the year, interns will interact regularly with team members and receive at least a portion of their training from each of Intuition’s team members. Meet the Intuition Wellness team:
Dr. Baker is the Clinical Director and Training Director at Intuition. She received her masters and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at Connections-South Campus Therapeutic Day School in Palatine, Illinois and her postdoctoral work through Erie Neighborhood House and the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Baker has worked in teen residential, social service agencies, schools, not-for-profit institutions, and in other community agencies. Her areas of clinical interest include resilience, child maltreatment, play therapy, creative therapy modalities, self-esteem, shyness, and highly intelligent and gifted children. Dr. Baker primarily conceptualizes from a strength-based and person-centered orientation with an attachment focus. Dr. Baker is also influenced by the positive psychology movement.
Dr. Lennertz, who typically goes by “Dr. Lindsay,” is a Clinical Psychologist at Intuition Wellness. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University with a concentration in child, adolescent, and family assessment and intervention. She completed her predoctoral internship at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Children’s Psychiatric Center. Dr. Lindsay has worked in inpatient hospital, residential treatment, juvenile prison, outpatient, and in-home/at–school settings. Her areas of clinical interest include: developmental and complex trauma, self-harm and suicidality, anxiety, family dysfunction, parenting, and child and adolescent psychological evaluation. Dr. Lindsay primarily conceptualizes from a person-centered, existential, and family systems orientation. She is a certified yoga instructor who is continuing to receive training on how to effectively incorporate therapeutic yoga into psychotherapeutic services, especially for trauma recovery.
Dr. Torres is the co-founder and a Clinical Psychologist at Intuition. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a concentration in family systems. He completed his predoctoral internship at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Behavioral Health Services located in Chicago, Illinois and his postdoctoral work at Mount Sinai Hospital Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Torres has worked in hospital emergency departments, endocrine specialty clinics, social service agencies, and not-for-profit institutions. His areas of clinical interest include mind-body connection, family therapy, Tae Kwon Do Wellness, mindfulness, and depressive and anxiety disorders. Dr. Torres primarily conceptualizes from a family systems and existential orientation with a solution-focused and motivational approach.
Each intern who trains at Intuition Wellness Center is provided with a minimum of two hours of individual supervision and one hour of group supervision per week. Each intern is also engaged in the 2 hour clinical meetings every Friday where staff and trainees learn from case presentations, case consultations, experiential exercises and didactic instruction. Our team takes pride in our commitment to providing the highest quality services. Each intern who trains at Intuition Wellness Center will have the opportunity to learn about and engage in a variety of evidence-based work from our staff. This includes both traditional and non-traditional approaches to treatment such as art as therapy, yoga therapy, martial arts as therapy, Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy, play therapy, expressive arts therapy, and other forms of therapeutic intervention. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn how to carry out clinical supervision by providing clinical supervision to an extern as part of our internship training program. Periodically, guest presenters are also invited to offer trainings on specialized topics that vary in nature and depend, in part, on need and interest of Intuitions training team.
The internship at Intuition Wellness Center is a full-time (40 hours per week) 11-month program. The training year begins in late July and ends in late June. If an intern is unable to complete the required program hours due to illness or some other unexpected circumstance, he or she may petition for an extension of the training experience beyond the scheduled completion date. The training committee will make decisions regarding extensions of the training year on a case-by-case basis.
Contact Clinical & Training Director, Brandy Baker, Psy.D. at 520-333-3320.