Bre-Ann Slay, PsyD
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in infant and early childhood mental health, child welfare, and diagnostic assessment. (What is Infant Mental Health?) Education and training are just as important to me as direct service work with children and families. I believe everyone can play a part in promoting the healthy growth of our young people. My goal is to disseminate education and provide support to the many people involved in the lives of infants, toddlers, and their caretakers. I created Reflect to Connect as an avenue for advancing that goal. Making time and space for reflection is the only way we will be able to create and promote connection.
My Credentials and Experience
I graduated from the University of Denver with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology (PsyD) as well as a master's degree in forensic psychology. I have worked as a part of the Infant Team, a branch of the Safe Babies Court Team, and as a juvenile probation officer. My clinical experiences also include community mental health, hospital settings, and schools. I am rostered in ChildParent Psychotherapy (CPP) and IoWA-PCIT. I am a certified trainer of IoWA-PCIT. I also write for Psychology Today and serve on the executive board of the Missouri Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MOAIMH-EC).
How I Work
Clinically, I work from an attachment and behavioral lens, focusing on meeting goals through understanding the relationship a caregiver has with their child and their goals for their future. I specialize in CPP, PCIT, and other play-based treatments to improve a child's overall well-being. I enjoy getting to know people in a genuine way meet people where they are while providing a gentle nudge. I get to know parents very well because it is important for me to understand you, your background, your values, and your goals to assist you best.
Caring for a child with behavioral or emotional struggles can result in stress, sadness, shame, and frustration. Know that this is temporary, and the right tools can set a child back on their path to success! Caring for a child is also exciting, fun, and hopeful, and I work to build these playful moments in sessions as well. For more information about therapy or assessment services, please book a free 15-minute consultation at the Services Page.
Meet My Intern
Analyssa Escudero, Doctoral Student
I hail from Silver City, a quaint town in New Mexico, but I recently relocated to Kansas in June 2022. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and a Master of Science degree with an Emphasis in Health Psychology, both from Grand Canyon University. Presently, I am a second-year PsyD student at Kansas City University (KCU), and I am set to commence my diagnostic practicum at Reflect to Connect Psychology. When I am not busy studying, I love spending time with my family and exploring Kansas City, hunting for new coffee shops to work and read in. I am eager to broaden my clinical expertise, knowledge, and skills while working with individuals under the guidance of Dr. Slay to provide them with the resources and services they need.