Amelia Villagomez, MD
Board Certified, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Board Certified, General Psychiatry
I was born and raised in North Texas, and it is a privilege to now serve the DFW community. I attended medical school at Texas A&M, completed my training in General Psychiatry at Yale, and did a fellowship in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard.
After completing fellowship, I served as the Medical Director of the outpatient clinic at the University of Arizona. I then practiced child/adolescent psychiatry in Canada, and worked in various settings (inpatient, outpatient, and ER).
I have always been interested in searching for tools to help people heal more holistically. To this end, I completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and am certified in Mind-Body Medicine techniques. Mind-Body Medicine aims to enhance the ability to manage emotions and behavior by techniques like guided imagery, meditation and mindfulness, and emotional awareness and expression.
I take an integrative approach and look at the whole person, starting with a comprehensive and thorough evaluation. Integrative medicine is informed by evidence and makes use of complementary/alternative approaches when appropriate. Treatment plans may include mindfulness, dietary changes, vitamins, therapy, herbs, and supplements. As part of this perspective, I prescribe medication when indicated, carefully discuss the risks and benefits of medication, and strive to use the lowest effective dose.
At the end of the first appointment, my goal is for clients to know that there is hope for getting better.
Adult and Child Psychiatry
I welcome adults and children from 6 years-of-age and older. I treat a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including the following:
- Traumatic Events
- ADD and ADHD
One Type of Treatment: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
I treat many patients using Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which is a powerful technique that can be extremely effective for treating a wide range of issues including traumatic events, phobias, and grief. What makes it powerful?
It’s quick – many patients see improvement after the first session and most courses of treatment are 1 to 5 sessions. Usually, after a short course of therapy, nightmares and flashbacks stemming from PTSD, are completely gone.
The therapy is different from traditional talk therapy. You can tell me as little or as much as you want. Some people don’t like to talk about what happened – and that’s okay. You just have to think about it and picture it as you follow my hand back and forth with your eyes. These movements are very calming for the brain and help to process the trauma.
ART changes the way your brain stores a traumatic memory. “Keep the knowledge, lose the pain.” ART makes use of the way the brain remembers events. Each time we remember an event, that memory is susceptible to change – ART makes use of this to change the emotional memory connected with the event for the better!
During the session you will recall the trauma and identify the physical feelings in the body connected with the memory. We will use eye movements to process out the strong negative sensations in the body connected with the memory.
Please click HERE to see a comprehensive outline of ART
Disclaimer: I may refer patients to other psychiatrist if ART would be helpful but their medication needs would be better served by another psychiatrist in our practice.
In addition to seeing patients, I am a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona and teach remotely from Fort Worth. Currently, I am co-directing a course to teach integrative medicine to the next generation of physicians.
Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Villagomez A, Ramtekkar U. “Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Zinc Deficiencies in Children Presenting with Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” Children, October 2014.
Villagomez, Amelia. “Examination and Diagnosis,” First Aid for Psychiatry. Ed. Jason Yanofski.
Villagomez A, Ranjbar N. “Integrative Approaches for Adolescent Depression,” Integrative
Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention, CRC Press, December 2015.
Presentations at Conferences:
Ranjbar N, Murzl C, and Villagomez A. “Evaluation of a Blended-Learning Elective Curriculum in Integrative Psychiatry,” American Academy of the Directors Psychiatry Residency Training, Poster Presentation, February 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Brooks A, Ranjbar N, Erb M, Villagomez A, Lebensohn P, Ricker M, Maizes V, “Designing an Integrative Medicine Curriculum with Mind-Body Skills Training to Impact Wellbeing in Psychiatry Residents.” Annual meeting of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, December 2015, Huntington Beach, California.
Diaz E, Hafler J, Aggarwal N, Armah T, Villagomez A, Knudson-Gonzalez D. “Designing and Implementing a Curriculum on Cultural Sensitivity.”Accepted for presentation at the Annual meeting of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training, March 2011, Austin, Texas.
Weil A, McClafferty H, Lam N, Ranjbar N, Villagomez A, Erb M, “Introduction to Integrative Mental Health: Depression & Anxiety,”
University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (https://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/online_courses/intro_to_mental_health.html).
"I first met Dr. Villagomez as a colleague, a fellow Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Impressed by her warmth, openness and receptivity, I eagerly looked to her for advice around difficult cases. Her knowledge of traditional psychiatric care combined with her knowledge of the mind-body connection is impressive. She has an exceptional understanding of both psychotherapy and natural remedies, while maintaining connection to the needs of the whole person, both medically and psychiatrically. She is exceptionally talented in being able to put these different aspects of the person in perspective. Having consulted with her on many therapy cases using Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), I was impressed with her abilities and obvious compassion through the therapy process. Patients truly do get better quickly with ART. I would not hesitate to put my trust in Dr. Villagomez, either for my patients or one of my family members." - Dr. C. Zimmer, MD, FRCPC
"Dr. Villagomez is one of the most caring, brilliant, knowledgeable, compassionate and competent physicians I've ever worked with. I've had the privilege of knowing and working with her as a colleague for a decade. Her patients in Boston and Tucson, some of whom I inherited after she moved away from those positions, spoke exceptionally highly of their experience with her. She goes above and beyond addressing needs of those she cares for as if they were her own family member. She is skilled with using medications safely and effectively, while addressing many other aspects of treatment including lifestyle measures and therapy modalities. Her training in Integrative Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) makes her an even more gifted clinician, and I have heard of numerous patients from all walks of life who have tremendously benefited from her evidence-based, yet holistic approach to mental health. If I had a family member who needed to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Villagomez would be on the top of the list of those I'd consider referring to." -Noshene Ranjbar, MD