Michaela Rivera is a doctoral trainee at KY-CARDS. She is currently in her final year of coursework at Spalding University in the PsyD program, working towards a doctorate in clinical psychology. Michaela obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Spalding University. Michaela has gained years of experience in treating anxiety and related disorders for children, adolescents, and adults. Michaela received psychotherapy and psychological assessment training for one year at a local middle school where she worked with students who experienced a variety of mood-related disorders that co-occurred with extensive trauma histories. She has gained an additional year of training at the Indiana University Southeast Counseling Center where she conducted therapy with a diverse range of students presenting with anxiety-related disorders, histories of trauma, depression, and substance use concerns. Michaela values the importance of utilizing the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client while implementing the evidence-based CBT model.