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Critical illness psychology is a subsection of psychology that was created by Brittany Clayborne, PsyD. After experiencing multiple life threatening illnesses Brittany found herself seeking, not just a psychologist, but someone that specialized in understanding and helping others work through specific types of thoughts and feelings that are common to critical illnesses. 

As Brittany embarked on her own cancer healing journey she also started her Doctorate of Psychology to help other survivors to not only process but empower themselves from surviving to THRIVING. 

Using a combination of Psychosynthesis and Mindfulness-Based Counseling, Dr. Clayborne's THRIVE Therapy© was created for those that are seeking to heal mentally in conjunction with their physical healing. 

Studies show evidence of anxiety and depression in individuals that have experienced a critical illness. As a survivor and a psychologist not only can I confirm this medicinally, but I have also lived though it mentally, physically, and emotionally. Most individuals also have symptoms indicative of post-traumatic stress (PTSD) which I have experienced as well.

Delayed physical recovery may contribute to this psychological morbidity. I have developed the THRIVE model to aid those that have experienced any type of illness that could be a driving factor of PTSD or psychological morbidity.


If you’ve been through a critical illness and find yourself experiencing:


Fear or reoccurrence

Social Challenges

Body Insecurities


Intimacy & Dating Fears

Late Effects

Poor Mental Health

Hiding being a mask

Lost sense of purpose 


I’d love for you to regain: 





Personal Growth


We will accomplish this through weekly support meetings, optional 1:1 meetings, weekly mental resilience goals, intense community support and much more!


It's time to live again.

The first THRIVE Therapy Session is free of charge. 

May you heal. May you grow. May you THRIVE.

Dr. Brittany

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