About Renee Hoekstra, Psy.D.

About me:

My training is based in the behavioral sciences; more specifically the sciences that emphasize function, context, and non-judgmental descriptions of behavior. Behavior embedded in context is always changing based on interactions with environmental variables and is never reified, fixed, or permanent. Functions of behavior are also adaptive and related to what makes sense for a person in their situation. More information and training about the contextual behavioral sciences can be found here.

Specifically, I have had training in:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors
  • Cartoon Elephant bibliotherapy (see link)
  • White Privilege and Racism/ Diversity Equity Inclusion
  • Working with Transgender populations
  • Many, many, many other interventions in my seven years of graduate school

I have 20 plus years of experience in

  • Group therapy
  • Playful, creative, flexible, humorous, and present moment experiences
  • Integrating my personal experience and history to be adaptable to the needs of my clients
  • Seeing and being present with the people/ persons sitting in front of me
  • Being flexible in proactive in doing what I can in the moment
  • Knowing my limits in terms of where I can be helpful
  • Challenging people to make changes or hold them accountable
  • Helping people deal with mood reactivity, moodiness, understanding emotions, and adjusting to reality
  • Interviewing people with extreme and complex mental health histories
  • Handling Cartoon Elephants

I have worked or participated in the following

  • Crisis work
  • Inpatient psychiatric
  • Prison system
  • Inpatient, outpatient, and residential eating disorders
  • Group homes
  • Community mental health
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Private practice
  • Contract work for social security/ disability
  • Trainings and presentations
  • Peer consultation groups
  • Teen and parent groups
  • Teaching cartoon art

I finished my graduate school in the following locations:

  •  Seattle, Washington- Seattle University Existential-Phenomenological (EP) Masters in Psychology (2001)
  •  Portland, Oregon- Pacific University Psy.D. program (Doctorate in Psychology) (2007)

I completed my internship and postdoctoral residency at:

  • Cleveland, Ohio- Laurelwood Hospital (2005-2006)
  • Boston, Massachusetts – Massachusetts Mental Health Center, DBT Program, Forest Hills Lemuel-Shattuck (2007-2008)
  • License: 8921

More about me:

  • White, able bodied female (she, her, hers)
  • Conservative Dutch roots but do not consider myself conservative
  • Live and work in Boston’s North Shore
  • Enjoy paddling the Ipswich River; yoga, swimming, watercolor, farmers markets, and the outdoors
  • Have worked with teens but do not have kids
  • Published a book about cartoon elephants and emotions

Additional bits

I managed to get all of your cartoon elephants into one big book. Everything you need to know about your cartoon elephants (emotions!) has been condensed into a graphic how-to self-help book.  Here is the link to obtain your Cartoon Elephants. 

How is the last name pronounced? You will do fine if you say it “Hook-stra”, but if you are feeling particularly Dutch you can say it more like “Whook-stra”. It is not Ho-EK-stra, Hoke-stra, nor Hockstra, although I am rather forgiving if you don’t get it right.

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