Dr. M. Kathleen Holmes, Ph.D.








I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in providing culturally sensitive, evidence-informed psychotherapy for individuals (ages 17+).  The treatment I provide is both informed by research and tailored to each client’s unique needs, goals, and circumstances.

I am highly skilled in using CBT-based approaches for:

In fact, I have particular interest and expertise in helping clients address trauma/severe stress and its effects (e.g., PTSD, dissociation, difficulties managing emotions, relationship concerns). I use evidence-based approaches including cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, adaptive disclosure, and skills training in affective and interpersonal regulation

I also have significant experience with dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and I frequently use DBT techniques and teach DBT skills (interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness) in therapy. 

I have extensive experience working with veterans and active-duty service members (including members of the special forces community) and their loved ones, as well as with first responders.  I have also worked with many clients who identify as LGBTQ+.


I see clients Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8am and 8pm via telehealth. I do not currently offer in-person services.

I am fully licensed as a psychologist in VA and NC. As a PsyPact member psychologist, I am permitted to provide therapy via telehealth to patients in the following states:  AL, AZ, AR, CO, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, CT, DE, District of Columbia, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, & WY. I am based in VA. 


My graduate training at St. John’s University in diverse Queens, NY helped me to develop a culturally sensitive approach to psychotherapy, which I continue to prioritize in my work.  During my training, I gained experience practicing in a variety of clinical settings, including a community mental health clinic, a college counseling center, a residential substance abuse treatment program, an acute inpatient psychiatric unit, and a state psychiatric hospital.  More recently, I spent seven years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in various clinics.

Prior to focusing more on clinical practice, I trained and worked in several research settings (e.g., the National Institute of Mental Health and various academic departments).  My strong background in clinical research helps me stay informed of the latest developments in the field, and I strive to apply these developments in my therapy practice.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, PTSD Track

VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA

Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, General Track

Central Virginia VA Healthcare System, Richmond, VA

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY

M.A., Psychology

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

B.S., Psychology

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA


Johnson, S.L., Tharp, J., Holmes, M.K. (2015). Understanding Creativity in Bipolar I Disorder. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9(3), 319-327.

Ameli R., Luckenbaugh D.A., Gould N.F., Holmes M.K., Lally N., Ballard E.D., & Zarate C.A. Jr. (2014). SHAPS-C: the Snaith-Hamilton pleasure scale modified for clinician administration. PeerJ, 2, e429.

Johnson, S.L., Edge, M.D., Holmes, M.K., & Carver, C.S. (2012). The Behavioral Activation System and Mania. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 8, 243-267.

Glahn, D.C., Robinson, J.L., Tordesillas-Gutierrez, D., Monkul, E.S., Holmes, M.K., Fox, P.T., Green, M.J., & Bearden, C.E. (2010). Fronto-Limbic Dysregulation in Asymptomatic Bipolar I Patients: A Paired Associate Functional MRI Study. Human Brain Mapping, January 2010.

Holmes, M.K., Bearden, C.E., Barguil, M., Fonseca, M., Monkul, E.S., Nery, F.G., Soares, J.C., Mintz, J., & Glahn, D.C. (2009). Conceptualizing impulsivity and risk taking in bipolar disorder: Importance of history of alcohol abuse. Bipolar Disorders, 11, 33-40.

Holmes, M.K., Erickson, K., Luckenbaugh, D.A., Drevets, W.C., Bain, E.E., Cannon, D.M., Snow, J., Sahakian, B.J., Manji, H.K., & Zarate, Jr., C.A. (2008). A comparison of cognitive functioning in medicated and unmedicated subjects with bipolar depression. Bipolar Disorders, 10, 806-815.

Gould, N.F., Holmes, M.K., Luckenbaugh, D.A., Fantie, B.D., Pine, D.S., Gould, T.D., Burgess, N., Manji, H.K., & Zarate, Jr., C.A. (2007). Performance on a virtual reality spatial memory navigation task in depressed patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 516-9.


Dr. M. Kathleen Holmes, Ph.D. provides services to Atlanta CBT on a contract basis.