IN the SPOTLIGHT is a new, regular monthly feature in The DPA Bulletin.
This month, our member spotlight is on Sharon Jacobs, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in New Castle County, Delaware. Sharon is licensed in Delaware and Pennsylvania and is also an affiliate staff member of the Christiana Care Health System. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Describe your current position. I am the Founder and Director of Associates in Health Psychology, LLC, a multidisciplinary private practice group with offices in Newark and North Wilmington. Our therapists have provided comprehensive services to the community for over 25 years. I also provide therapy and assessment services to a variety of clients and I oversee the administrative functions for the practice.
What do you like the best about the practice of psychology? I feel tremendous satisfaction with the positive difference I am able to make in the lives of others. I appreciate the flexibility my career offers, especially the opportunities to work as both a therapist and an administrator. The mind-body connection has always been of great interest to me. Beginning early in my training, I studied and practiced behavioral medicine, providing services to clients with both physical and psychological challenges. Becoming a psychologist was a great career choice for me.
What accomplishments are you most proud of? I am tremendously proud of developing Associates in Health Psychology and selecting the experienced team of clinicians who provide services. They are highly trained, well-skilled and compassionate therapists. Our combined areas of expertise enable us to provide services to all ages, from very young children through older adults and across the spectrum of individuals, couples and families. Many of our therapists have unique specialty areas which enable us to successfully meet the diverse needs of clients.
I helped to establish the Psychology Section in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical Center of Delaware (which is now called Christiana Care Health System) and I became the first Director. There are now many psychologists employed in various departments at Christiana Care.
In my work as a health psychologist, I feel like an “ambassador” for psychology. Many of the people who are referred to me for evaluations, screening and treatment have never before met with a psychologist in a professional setting. I feel pleased that many leave my office with a favorable understanding about what psychology offers. I am also proud of the services I provide to medical patients, helping them use psychological principles to ease their struggles.