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Clinical Practice: Assessment and Psychotherapy

In her clinical practice, Dr. Wenzel delivers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments to a broad range of adult and adolescent clients with emotional, behavioral, and/or adjustment problems. She has built upon her scholarly areas of expertise in perinatal adjustment, suicide prevention, anxiety disorders, addictions, and the maintenance and enhancement of close relationships in order to translate theory and research in a meaningful and enriching way for her clients. Dr. Wenzel provides two types of clinical services: assessment and psychotherapy.

Assessment is the process by which Dr. Wenzel gathers information about a client’s symptoms, life problems, background, and strengths. Most of this information is gathered in a face-to-face interview format, but some clients also complete self-report questionnaires and/or invite a close other to provide his or her impression of the client’s difficulties. The assessment process typically takes between one and three sessions. At the end of the assessment period, Dr. Wenzel arrives upon a diagnosis and formulation of the client’s clinical presentation. In addition, she works collaboratively with the client to identify specific treatment goals, a plan for achieving those goals, and a strategy for monitoring progress toward them.

Psychotherapy is the process by which Dr. Wenzel works collaboratively with clients to address his or her symptoms and life problems. Dr. Wenzel practices evidence-based psychotherapy, which means that she uses treatment packages and strategies that research has shown to be efficacious with certain clinical presentations. The type of evidence-based psychotherapy that she most commonly uses with her clients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an active approach to treatment in which Dr. Wenzel works collaboratively with her clients to identify, evaluate, and if necessary, modify problematic patterns of thinking as well as to acquire behavioral skills to manage emotional distress and/or make positive changes in their lives. In addition to CBT, Dr. Wenzel also regularly practices Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Integrative Behavioral Couple’s Therapy (IBCT), and Quality of Life Therapy. You can learn more about CBT and other aspects of Dr. Wenzel’s therapeutic approach by reading the information in For Clients.

Dr. Wenzel’s office is located at:

1062 Lancaster Ave.
Rosemont Plaza
Suite 24
Rosemont, PA 19010

Appointments can be scheduled by emailing Dr. Wenzel at or by contacting her at 267.746.0566.

Training and Consultation

Currently, Dr. Wenzel provides CBT supervision through the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, such that she works intensively with clinicians as they acquire expertise in CBT. Over a six-month period, clinicians in this program regularly submit recordings of CBT sessions for Dr. Wenzel to review, and they meet weekly with Dr. Wenzel for telephone supervision, consisting of feedback on sessions, didactic instruction, and role-plays. Visit the Beck Institute website for more information on becoming a supervisee.

Since 2005, Dr. Wenzel has trained and provided consultation in CBT as applied to specific populations, such as consumers receiving services at community addictions treatment agencies and veterans receiving services at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, to clinicians locally in the Philadelphia area and nationally in all regions of the country. Many of these clinicians have master’s degrees in non-clinical psychology disciplines (e.g., social work, addictions counseling) and had little previous training in CBT. Such training has typically involved the provision of weekly telephone consultation to small groups of clinicians, the review of audiotaped therapy sessions, and the rating of audiotaped therapy sessions on the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale in order to determine whether clinicians achieved competency to deliver CBT. From these experiences, Dr. Wenzel has gained an understanding of the obstacles that clinicians often experience in implementing CBT in their everyday clinical practice and has devised ways to overcome or work with those obstacles. She also has identified common “stuck points” that clinicians often experience as they are acquiring skills to deliver CBT and has devised strategies for preempting or addressing them.

Dr. Wenzel also provides consultation in her specialty areas, including perinatal adjustment, suicide prevention, anxiety disorders, addictions, and the maintenance and enhancement of close relationships. Recent consultation clients include the National Institute of Mental Health, where her work focused on methodology to measure cognitive approaches to understanding suicidal behavior, and the Postpartum Stress Center, where her work focuses on developing an approach to apply CBT to women with postpartum depression and anxiety.

To contact Dr. Wenzel to discuss a training or consultation opportunity, please email her at or contact her via telephone at at 267.746.0566.

Speaking Engagements

Dr. Wenzel is available to give presentations on CBT techniques and CBT for a number of specific clinical populations for clinicians around the country who wish to receive continuing education credits. She regularly provides workshops on the fundamentals of CBT, CBT for depression, CBT for anxiety disorders, CBT for suicide prevention, CBT for addictions, and CBT for perinatal distress. In addition, she has developed a webinar series for Cross-Country Education where she describes the application of specific CBT strategies, such as cognitive restructuring and exposure. Dr. Wenzel routinely receives high ratings for her presentation content and style (a summary of Dr. Wenzel’s speaking evaluations are available upon request). Recent keynote addresses and workshops have been given at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, the Jonnie H. McLeod Substance Abuse Institute at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, the University of Calgary, the Kentucky Department of Public Health, and Texas Department of State Health Services.

To schedule Dr. Wenzel for a presentation or workshop, please email her at or contact her via telephone at at 267.746.0566.