Psychologist - Richardson, TX
VIRGINIA NEAL - Ph.D., M.S.
Dr. Virginia Neal began working Meier Clinics in 2016, and works with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Neal is unique because she is a former Advanced Nurse Practitioner as well as a Psychologist. A strong relationship between the patient and the psychologist is a major influence on the patient’s experiences and outcome. Family members may also be important in collaborating in these processes for their loved-one. She believes the strongest therapeutic approach is counseling along with medication management. For younger children and adolescents, she likes to utilize a behavior management approach, cognitive behavior therapy, and supportive therapy.
Dr. Neal has experience working with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Psychosis, Grief, Adjustment Issues, Anger Management, Sleep Disorders, Substance Abuse, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and OCD
She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. She earned her Advance Nurse Practice certificate from UCLA. She also earned a postdoctoral Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, through a joint-program with Texas A&M University.
Prior to working at Meier Clinics, Dr. Neal worked at the Minirth Clinic for 15 years seeing a large variety of patients. Dr. Minirth named her Director of Research, and together they published a book and a medical article.
Her hobbies and interests include swimming, exploring the outdoors, fishing, reading books, beading, art, listening to music and sewing. She has 4 children and made most of their clothes until they started school and wanted their clothes to look closer to what the other children were wearing!
She enjoys going to church at a small country church in Lucas, Texas. Another interest is finding Bible verses that are inspiring for her clients such as: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. (Isaiah 43:2)