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Clinical Psychologist
Business Information
Business name: 
Onna Brewer, PhD
Address line 1: 
113 S Monroe St
Virtual/Remote/Travel + Tallahassee
Postcode/zip code: 
United States
Contact Information
Email address: 
Telephone number: 
(815) 527-3982
Fax number: 
(321) 616-8333

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About Me

I began learning and practicing Motivational Interviewing (MI) in 2006 as a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) under the mentorship of Carlo DiClemente, PhD, ABPP. I had the opportunity to coordinate several translational research projects that involved training local health care providers in MI to support underserved and at-risk populations with health behavior changes ranging from smoking cessation to HIV treatment engagement. I completed a PhD in Human Services Psychology at UMBC in 2013 with concentrations in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. My post-doctoral fellowship was at the Department of Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System where I continued my emphasis on training others in communicating with compassion as well as blending MI with other evidence-based treatments. I went on to become a Staff Psychologist in the VA system, where I was a Regional MI Trainer and Consultant with the VA's National Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Training Initiative, followed by full-time teaching and research in the Psychology Department at Rockford University. I am a licensed psychologist in the State and Florida where I now maintain a private psychotherapy and consulting/training practice. When I'm not providing therapy or training, I enjoy spending time with my family, outdoors, or practicing yoga.

Service Information
Services offered: 
Introductory Training
Intermediate training
Advanced training
Training for Groups
Area of practice: 
Mental Health
Organisational Change
Trainer Statement

I am passionate about teaching and helping others grow in compassion for themselves and others. After over ten years of practicing MI and feeling just so grateful to Bill Miller and Stephen Rollnick, among other mentors who have helped deepen my practice, I was pleased to join MINT at the Training for New Trainers in Malahide, Ireland in 2017, led by Daniel Mullin and an inspiring team of trainers, where I was thrilled to meet my now co-trainer, Margo Bristow. I have been a member of the MINT Nominating Committee since 2021.

I offer tailored in-person and online, interactive training as well as video-teleconferencing and in-person consultation for MI implementation, program development, and coded feedback of session recordings using the MITI 4.2.1 coding system. I also deeply enjoy co-training collaborations with other MINT members and aspiring trainers across the U.S. and around the world. The best way to reach me is to email onna@brewerbristow.com. Thanks for visiting this page, and I hope to hear from you if I can help you or your organization meet your MI learning goals!

Training Interests
In addition to training mental health providers and helping professionals in MI for a range health behavior changes and personal growth, my interests include the application of MI in higher education and for outreach with underserved populations.
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