Dr. Spiller uses research supported cognitive-behavioral therapies, tailored to the needs of each individual or couple. Her primary approach is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which encourages clients to engage in values-based, positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions, or sensations. ACT emphasizes values, forgiveness, self-compassion, and living in the present moment. Her work with couples builds emotional connection and strengthens the foundations of the relationship using Emotionally Focused CouplesTherapy.
Dr. Spiller has been a licensed psychologist since 2001. She has worked with clients in private practice, medical settings, and community mental health clinics. She has been in private practice since 2002. For 10 years, she was also a professor of Psychology at Midwestern State University. During that time, she was the director of clinical training for Midwestern State University's Masters Degree Program in Clinical/Counseling Psychology. She moved back to Houston in 2015 and was a professor at the University of Houston-Downtown prior to returning to full time private practice. She is active in clinical research, writing, and therapist training. She has authored numerous scientific journal articles and presents at national conferences.
Dr. Spiller graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Houston in 2000. Her training included a specialization in pediatric and general health psychology with practicums at Texas Children's Hospital and internship with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.