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Dr. Meghan Clifford, PsyD, LP

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Dr. Meghan Clifford (she/her) is a neuropsychologist with expertise in collaboratively assessing the neuropsychological functioning of children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing impacts of their oftentimes complex medical, psychological, and social histories. Dr. Clifford has developed an area of expertise in assessing for the neuropsychological sequelae (after-effects) that can arise in those who have histories of stressful and traumatic experiences. She also has a specialized ability to assess for posttraumatic stress responses, including dissociative abilities. She has worked with internationally and domestically adopted children, as well as those in foster care, residential settings, and with individuals who are incarcerated. Dr. Clifford also has specialized training in working with individuals who have complex medical histories such as, genetic differences, lysosomal storage diseases, childhood cancers, histories of hematopoietic stem cell transplants and chemotherapy/irradiation, congenital heart problems, brain injuries, prematurity, and prenatal and postnatal exposure to toxic substances (e.g., alcohol, lead).  She also has competency in assessing individuals with developmental delays, ADHD, learning and language disorders, and complex neuropsychiatric conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia).

In addition to neuropsychological evaluation, Dr. Clifford is trained in multiple therapeutic modalities including the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), as well as other cognitive behavioral therapies for the treatment of a range of difficulties presenting in children, adolescents, and adults.

At the center of her practice, Dr. Clifford strives to hold multicultural awareness and the belief that those she is working with (and their caregivers) are doing the best they can with the resources they have. As a provider she uses humor and education and aims to be transparent and open. She understands that building a therapeutic relationship can take time and be difficult to develop given one’s past experiences. Dr. Clifford believes in the innate courage, strength, and grit that exist in each person. She acknowledges that a person’s past experiences and relationships can make it harder to hear and know their ‘real’ self. She supports those she is working with to find their purpose, discover what they love and value, and build a caring relationship with themself and their body.

​Dr. Clifford also provides training and consultation to clinicians providing neuropsychological and psychological assessment services. She has a passion for helping clinicians understand the unique and varied ways that traumatic stress responses ‘show up’ in a person’s life amongst other complex presentations.

Education and Training Experiences:

Dr. Clifford completed a 2-year APPCN accredited postdoctoral fellowship specializing in pediatric neuropsychology in the Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to her fellowship, she completed an APA accredited clinical internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School where she completed rotations in pediatric neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and pediatric psychology. She earned her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2019. Dr. Clifford also has prior work experience in program development, care management, and forensic psychology.

Meghan Clifford
Midwest Center for Trauma & Emotional Healing
16204 Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN 55345
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Website: https://www.mwtraumacenter.com/meghan-clifford-psyd-lp
Midwest Center for Trauma & Emotional Healing
16204 Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN 55345

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Practice Location:
Office-Based
Telehealth
Insurance Taken:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
HealthPartners
Treatment Modalities:
Adaptive Internal Relational Network Model (AIR)
Animal Assisted Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
DC 0-5
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Experiential Play Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Music Therapy
Neuropsychological Testing
Psychological Testing
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Areas of Practice:
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attachment
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Childhood Depression
Dissociation
Domestic Violence
Early Traumatic Experiences
Educational Consulting (IEP/504 Assistance)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
High Conflict Families
Infertility
Intellectual Disabilities
Juvenile Justice Involvement
Mood Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Parent Coaching
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Psychotic Disorder
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Self-Harming
Sex Trafficking Victim
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Suicidal Concerns
Transracial/Transcultural Families
Client Demographics:
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Adult (Adoptee)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Elementary Age (7-12)
Family Work
Infant (0-2)
LGBTQ+
Parent Coaching
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)
Young Child (3-6)

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