Kirk Mochrie, PhD
ABOUT KIRK Mochrie, PhD
BIO: Dr. Mochrie is originally from Cary, NC. He completed his predoctoral internship at Mental Health Systems, PC (Eagan, MN) and a postdoctoral fellowship at the TAP Clinic, where he focused on deepening his knowledge of DBT. He is excited to be living closer to his family and friends in Cary since completing his Doctoral degree in August 2019. Dr. Mochrie enjoys spending his time with his wife and daughter, playing guitar (rock n’ roll), cooking/grilling, taking care of animals, and watching sports. In addition, he is extremely enthusiastic about DBT and thoroughly enjoys his clinical work and related research activities.
TRAINING: Dr. Mochrie completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNC-W). He also received his master's degree from UNC-W in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Substance Abuse Treatment. Finally, he completed his doctorate degree in Clinical Health Psychology at East Carolina University. While in graduate school, Dr. Mochrie rotated through various training sites including several general psychology outpatient clinics, a substance abuse outpatient facility, college counseling center, family medicine practice, and a Veterans Affairs office. Moreover, he has received specialized training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) for Substance Use Disorders, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Activation (BA), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). On his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Mochrie received more intensive training in utilizing DBT with various patient populations, including individuals with Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Mochrie also has interest and training in working with individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He completed his doctoral dissertation on treatment/coaching with ADHD and substance use, has completed numerous ADHD psychological evaluations, and currently provides ADHD coaching to individual therapy clients. In addition, Dr. Mochrie attends at least two international conferences each year to present research related to DBT and substance use, as well as to stay current in these treatment modalities.
EXPERTISE: Dr. Mochrie has expertise in the treatment of mood disorders and associated concerns, including anxiety and depression, personality disorders (primarily Borderline Personality Disorder), Substance Use Disorders, and ADHD. He has received specialized training in DBT for individuals who experience significant emotion dysregulation and who engage in self-injury and suicidal behaviors as well as extensive training in working with individuals who engage in problematic substance use.
POPULATIONS SERVED: Dr. Mochrie sees both adults (ages 18+) and adolescents (ages 12+) for individual therapy. He does not see children under 12, or provide couples therapy or family therapy.
Dr. Mochrie also provides DBT skills group treatment for adults and adolescents.
Learn more : You can learn more about Dr. Mochrie's expertise and therapeutic style by reading his blog posts on substance use (substance use symptoms & substance abuse treatment) and ADHD (symptoms, treatment, and co-morbidities).