Associate Director, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist, Clinical Associate Professor


PhD Counselor Education – Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention, University of Florida.

Professional Interests

Her interests include crisis intervention, suicide prevention, trauma recovery and grief work.  Additionally, Dr. Sixbey is interested in relationship concerns and family or origin issues.

Approach to Therapy

Dr. Sixbey enjoys working with both individuals and couples. She approaches therapy from a resilience and strength-based lens.  She uses a humanistic and interpersonal orientation in her work.

Approach to Supervision

Dr. Sixbey primarily utilizes a developmental, therapist-focused orientation to supervision.  By combining these two areas, a trainee works to see his/her impact as both a person and professional in the room with a client.  Dr. Sixbey is a Qualified Supervisor for registered counseling interns in the state of Florida.

Approach to Wellness

Dr. Sixbey maintains her personal wellness through seeking balance between work and family life.  Spending time exercising, playing at the park, or feeding the ducks with her family are significant components to Dr. Sixbey’s wellness.

Other Activities

Currently, Dr. Sixbey directs the UF Crisis and Emergency Resource Center where she coordinates the counseling response to campus crises, disasters, emergencies, and other traumatic events. Dr. Sixbey has provided on-site local, state, and national crisis response for man-made and natural disasters including violent deaths, shootings, hurricanes, and wildfires. She provides trainings nationally on crisis intervention, suicide prevention, threat assessment, and trainings on how to best assist individuals in distress and psychological first aid. Since 2012, Dr. Sixbey has been an active contributing member on UF’s multidisciplinary threat assessment and behavioral consultation team where she offers mental health consultation regarding individuals who pose potential safety risks campus. She provides trainings nationally on crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and the mental health provider’s role on threat assessment teams as well as trainings on assisting individuals in distress and psychological first aid. Dr. Sixbey has completed various threat assessment and management trainings including ones facilitated by Gavin DeBecker & Associates, Gene Designer, Marisa Randazzo, and Steven White. Additionally, Dr. Sixbey is one of 12 clinical-law enforcement learning site partners who were selected by the Bureau of Justice Administration’s Council for State Governments to provide content expertise in informing law enforcement-mental health collaboration policies and procedures nationally. Her clinical and research interests include, threat assessment and management, suicide intervention and prevention, and post-trauma recovery. She has written on topics such as: help seeking behaviors, family resilience factors after a trauma as well as the implications for therapists’ when working with individuals in crises.