About Landmark Psychology

Landmark Psychology is based upon the principles of the field of Counseling Psychology, which include:

  • Brief treatment: Therapy can be as long as you feel you need, but the idea is to learn about yourself and learn the skills you need so that you can eventually "graduate" from therapy
  • Strengths-based: We will certainly examine your problems and concerns, but we will also give attention to your personal strengths and to how we can use those strengths to help you overcome your concerns
  • Culturally sensitive practices/person-environment interaction: We will explore any barriers that may be inside yourself (for example, low self-esteem or negative thinking) but also may discuss how the culture or environment may be affecting you or adding stress to your life, and how to cope with or overcome such stress.
  • Scientist-practitioner model: This means that we are trained to interpret research findings about the best psychological treatments, implement the research findings, and measure our own (and your!) success.
  • Social justice: In addition to conducting traditional psychotherapy, Landmark Psychology is committed to being a change agent, which is defined as “professional action designed to change societal values, structures, policies and practices, such that disadvantaged or marginalized groups gain increased access to tools of self-determination” (Goodman et al., 2004).


For more information, check out this infographic from the Society of Counseling Psychology:

https://www.div17.org/wp-content/uploads/CP-INfographic_4.14.16_AL.pdf

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About Dr. Walton Flynn

Education


Dr. Walton Flynn earned a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2001, and a Ph.D. from University of Maryland, College Park's #1 rated Counseling Psychology program in 2007. She completed her internship at the Boston VA Healthcare System and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Edith Nourse Rogers VA in Bedford, MA. Additional training sites included House of Ruth (a center for survivors of domestic violence) and Whitman Walker Health, a clinic for LGBT and HIV+ individuals (both in Washington, DC). 


Experience


Dr. Walton served as a staff psychologist at the VA Boston Healthcare System in Brockton, MA and an instructor for Harvard Medical School for 10 years. During her career, she published papers focused on women and LGBT individuals, provided presentations on patient/client diversity both locally and nationally. For part of the time, she also served as the chairperson of the hospital-wide diversity council, working directly with hospital leadership to improve the environment and equity of care for diverse veterans. Dr. Walton Flynn continues to participate in professional writing and presenting. She is a member of the American Psychological Association. 


Relationship with Clients


Dr. Walton Flynn is passionate about working with clients to find and highlight value in themselves and to navigate difficult life experiences. She serves as a fierce cheerleader and advocate for each individual with whom she works. Clients of Dr. Walton Flynn have noted that her passion, enthusiasm and energy are noticeable from the start, and that her genuine caring comes across throughout the therapy relationship.

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