Holly Kozee, PhD

Holly Kozee, PhD

Psychologist and Owner of Empower Therapy for Women, Fairhope, AL, USA
Work Experience: 15+ years in counseling psychology

“I’ve always been in awe of the profound transformations that occur in a short period of time during pregnancy and early motherhood! As a psychologist, I enjoy helping women take time to slow down, digest, and honor all of these changes.”

Career Highlights 

  • Owner of private psychology practice Empower Therapy for Women, Fairhope, AL, 2016–present
  • Psychologist at Wright Patterson Hospital, Patterson Air Force Base, OH, 2013–2016
  • Director of Behavior Solutions at D&S Community Services, Austin, TX, 2008–2013
  • Serves on editorial board for Psychology of Women Quarterly, a feminist, peer-reviewed medical journal

Education

  • BS in Psychology from The Ohio State University, 1999–2003
  • MA in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University, 2003–2005
  • Internship in counseling psychology at University of Texas at Austin, 2007–2008
  • PhD in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2003–2008

Featured Publications

  • “Measuring transgender individuals’ comfort with gender identity and appearance: Development and validation of the Transgender Congruence Scale.” Psychology of Women Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 2, 19 Apr 2012, doi: 10.1177/0361684312442161
  • “Development and psychometric evaluation of the Interpersonal Sexual Objectification Scale.” Psychology of Women Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 2, 01 June 2007, doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2007.00351.x
  • “A test of objectification theory with lesbian women.” Psychology of Women Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 4, 01 Dec 2006, doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2006.00310.x

My Journey in Psychology

I believe that every woman has a natural source of wisdom and strength within. I find it deeply gratifying to help women reconnect with this source. I founded Empower, my private psychology practice, to help patients regain a sense of control and authorship in their lives and support women during pregnancy and early motherhood.

When I work with my patients, I use a unique blend of self-compassion, mindful authenticity, and humor to help them bring out their inner strength and wisdom. In my sessions, I strive to create a supportive, warm, and nonjudgmental environment so my patients can feel completely comfortable discussing any and all issues that are bothering them. We also spend a good amount of time laughing! Through both individual and group psychotherapy, I equip my patients with the necessary tools for their self-healing and self-actualization. 

My research has focused on interpersonal sexual objectification and gender identity, including within the LGBTQ+ community. I’m proud to serve on the editorial board for Psychology of Women Quarterly to help advance the science around women’s mental health.

At Flo, I enjoy contributing to content that empowers millions of young people and parents to prioritize their mental health with daily tips and self-care practices. 

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