“I believe how people think about things can affect their mood and behavior. By learning how to change our perspective and be flexible in our thinking, we can help decrease anxiety and depression. I love to help my patients learn to better control their emotions.” ~ Jewel C. Gear, Psy.D.

Virginia Women’s Center is excited to welcome Dr. Jewel C. Gear to our care team. Dr. Gear will care for patients virtually and in person at our West End office at 6600 West Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia. 

Dr. Gear works with individuals who want to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. Dr. Gear specializes in treating perfectionism, chronic depression, obsessive-consultive disorder (OCD), race and cultural identity, immigration and acculturation, disordered eating, executive functioning difficulties, parenting/behavior management issues, and divorce and co-parenting conflict.  Additionally, her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, female-specific issues, gender dysphoria, and issues related to sexual identity.  Dr. Gear enjoys working with the LGBTQIA+  community. Additionally, Dr. Gear is fluent in Spanish and has worked with the Spanish-speaking immigrant community since 2003. She has an incredible sense of humor and uses it regularly — when appropriate — in therapy.

When she was younger, Dr. Jewel wanted to be a forensic psychologist with the FBI. But, she changed her focus when she started working with women and children.  Now, she feeds her passion for criminology by listening to True Crime podcasts and watching the Investigation Discovery Channel for hours.

Dr. Gear is a proud dog mom to a very cute, slightly entitled pitbull. And she loves cooking, especially Mediterranean and South American recipes. 

 

Board Certification(s)

  • Clinical Psychologist

Areas of Expertise

  • Mental Health
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Parenting Capacity Assessments
  • Coparenting Counseling
  • Parent Coordination

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Education

Graduate School

American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Washington, District of Columbia

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
New York, New York

Undergraduate School

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. Psychology
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Professional Associations

  • American Psychological Association
  • The National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts