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. For over 10 years, she trained clinical psychology graduate students and conducted clinical research on relationships. She moved back to Houston in 2015 and returned 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.