Cara English, DBH



Cara English, DBH

Cara English, DBH

CEO and Director of the DBH Program at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies

Cara English, MA, LAC, DBH, is the Director of the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.  She has been a counselor for over 12 years, with specialties in postpartum depression, adolescents, and families.  

Dr. English oversees the Institute’s day-to-day operations and teaches courses as needed.  The program is further supported by an assistant director and faculty members.

She earned a Masters in Counseling in 2002 from Northern Arizona University, and worked as a community and school counselor and behavioral health consultant in a wide variety of settings during her graduate work at NAU and following graduation. She earned a DBH degree from Arizona State University in 2013.

Dr. English completed a doctoral practicum internship at the Chandler CARE Center, a school-based health center which primarily serves the uninsured population of Chandler, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. During the internship and subsequent paid position, Dr. English worked with pediatricians, nurse practitioners, lactation consultants, WIC educators, food banks, public health officials, hospitals, grant writers, and community centers to integrate or coordinate care for patients across settings.

Dr. English’s doctoral Culminating Project focused on documenting the rate of depression and diabetes-related distress in adolescents from this population who were diagnosed with Type I diabetes mellitus.

Dr. English currently serves as a DBH in the birthing community of Phoenix. Services are provided in a Breastfeeding Center (one of only 2 in the state of Arizona) for pregnant and postpartum mothers experiencing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Panic, OCD, PTSD, and Psychosis. Dr. English collaborates care for mothers and families with physicians, psychiatrists, and a variety of community organizations to improve health outcomes.

Dr. English traveled to Beijing, China in 2014 as a DBH student to deliver two 3-day trainings to physicians in two hospital districts (one serving adults, the other serving women and children) on integrated care delivery models and use of the Biodyne Model.


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The “four questions” of the refocused psychotherapist [in the Biodyne Model] and the concept of the “onion/garlic” psychodynamic enabled me to not only conceptualize a case and plan treatment more rapidly, but to rise to a new level of professional confidence in meeting the behavioral care needs of my patients.

Dr. Gayle Cordes, DBH July 12, 2016

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