Dr. Jacquelyn Gilles
Dr. Gilles is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Kentucky with Health Service Provider in Psychology (Supervisor) credentials. She is the principal founder and Executive Director of Mandala House. She is also a member of the Kentucky Psychological Association.
Jacquelyn moved to Louisville in the Summer of 2004 to begin her graduate training at Spalding University. In 2010, she completed her predoctoral internship at the Butler University & Aspire Indiana Consortium. After graduating from Spalding in 2011 with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, she opened her first private practice, Gilles Psychological Services. Around this same time, she began a full-time professorship with Lindsey Wilson College. She served as Resident Faculty Supervisor for the Master's-Level cohorts on the Cincinnati, OH campus until leaving in August 2017 to work at Mandala House full-time.
As a Psychologist and Supervisor, Dr. Gilles has plenty of opportunities to engage her curiosity and passion for knowledge. She especially loves creating and participating in opportunities for growth and challenge, which are an integral part of the Mandala House philosophy. In addition to teaching and training future clinicians, she is also highly committed to continuing her own education and seeking consultation. In the Summer of 2013 she completed a two-year certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. This program included didactic coursework, individual supervision, and case conferences. She looks forward to continuing to grow alongside the staff of Mandala House.
In 2015, Dr. Gilles began to envision a group center, Mandala House, to bring together a talented team of clinicians and staff to challenge, nurture, and inspire one another to reach our fullest potential in service of the Louisville and surrounding communities.
Dr. Gilles knows therapy is a challenging and vulnerable process and works to create a space that is both safe and reflective of the reverence she holds for her clients and the work. She is strongly committed to understanding, non-judgment, respect, empowerment, and celebration of individual differences and struggles. Dr. Gilles has been described as a "calming presence" and as someone who has a "strong ability to take others' perspectives." Perhaps this is why Couples Therapy is a favorite for Dr. Gilles. She strives to create a delicate balance of nurture/support and paced interpretation/reflection optimal for growth. She has many areas of clinical and research expertise including identity development, sexual orientation, gender, multiculturalism, family-of-origin issues, shame, and attachment. She also has training and interest in the areas of personality disorders, relationship problems, trauma, and parenting.
Community involvement is important to Dr. Gilles and she has had the honor to serve locally, regionally, and globally over the years through her involvement in organizations such as the Louisville Youth Group (a resource for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Youth), Kentucky Psychological Association, Water for People (which collaborates with communities in need across nine countries to build systems for safe drinking water and sanitation), and the LWC Cincinnati Community of Care Social.