Geri-Lynn Utter

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Dr. Geri-Lynn Utter, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with those struggling with co-occurring mental health concerns, such as trauma and drug addiction. Her expertise in the field of psychology has captured the attention of prominent media outlets regionally and nationally, such as Fox Business, MSN, Insider,, Suburban Life and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dr. Utter’s motivation for choosing this field was personal. As a child, she frequently witnessed the familial turmoil and violence that arise from such issues. These experiences gave her a rare insight into how our life experiences and the way we see ourselves impact our mental health, both positively and negatively.

Dr. Utter’s experiences have left scars on her soul, which she sees as marks of wisdom that have shaped her understanding of human behavior. She tries to understand what makes people do the things that they do, and this curiosity and desire to help others is what drove her to pursue a career as a psychologist.

In 2020, Dr. Utter released her first book, “Mainlining Philly: Survival, Hope and Resisting Drug Addiction,” which resulted from her desire to share her story and instill hope in others. The book is based on her life experiences and challenges as a result of her parents’ struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, and other mental health concerns like major depressive disorder and severe anxiety.

Dr. Utter currently lives in a Philadelphia suburb with her husband and two children. When she is not practicing psychology or writing, she can be found on the soccer field or basketball court cheering for her kiddos.

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“It’s crucial for providers and loved ones of people struggling with addiction to understand the importance of meeting them at their current stage. People in active addiction must find their own motivation for recovery — we can't do it for them. And because this is so difficult to witness, we have to take the appropriate steps to care for our own mental health. Therapy is a gift, a valuable support."
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Fox 29 Philadelphia: Save Our Streets: Documentary looks at addiction in Kensington

A new documentary titled “Utter Nonsense” is shedding light on the opioid crisis in the Philadelphia, and its particular effect on the city’s Kensington section. 


Mainlining Philly by Geri-Lynn Utter


Dr. Geri-Lynn Utter, PsyD website.

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