Fully accredited by the American Psychological Association
COUNSELING STYLE, SUPERVISION STYLE, AND INTERESTS
- David Kearns, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist & Assistant Director / Training Director
- Dorinda Lambert, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist / Director
- Chaz Mailey, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
- Stephanie Morris, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist/Performance Enhancement Specialist
- Matthew Reiser, Ph.D., Temporary Licensed Psychologist
- Katie Tolle, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
- Laurie Wesely, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist & Assistant Director / Clinical Services
I began my work in Counseling Services (CS) in July of 2011. I was drawn to CS because of the central role it plays in both clinical service and training. The opportunity to assist in the clinical and training missions of CS is very exciting to me.
I was born and raised in Kansas. I completed my doctoral work at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and my internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research in Chicago. Over the years it has been my good fortune to work in a variety of settings: in community agencies, in mental health clinics, in medical settings, in a number of training venues, and also in private practice. I learned something of value in each of these settings and I firmly believe that those experiences have prepared me for the work that I will do in CS.
It is a great privilege to work with people at times of difficulty in their lives. I approach my clinical work with several core assumptions in mind: that in addition to the difficulties they may experience, everyone has talents, strengths, and capabilities that are every bit as important in successful clinical practice as a clear understanding of their identified problems, that successful clinical work is driven by a strong, collaborative relationship between the client and the clinician, and that a successful resolution of problems often requires attention to a broad range potential influences (e.g., culture, gender, biology, cognition, development, relationships, etc.). It is the influence of so many factors that makes clinical work simultaneously so intriguing and also so difficult. I have extensive experience working with clients experiencing a variety of presenting complaints: anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, and problematic heath behaviors. In my clinical work I try to create therapeutic experiences that can help clients think, feel, and behave in ways that are more to their liking.
My interest in training has been longstanding. This interest undoubtedly was shaped by my own experiences—some good, some bad—as a trainee. Just as I view it a privilege to work with clients at times of difficulty, it is an equal privilege to participate in the training of Psychology interns. Early in the training process, I try to learn as much as possible about my trainees: their strengths, talents, and capabilities, their hopes and concerns regarding training, and very importantly, their views about the very nature of clinical work. I am particularly interested in their often idiosyncratic views about how problems are formed and maintained, what the goals of treatment should be, how change occurs, and the role of the clinician in facilitating change. Responses to these inquires provide important markers of some of what interns believe very early in their internship training. In turn, these beliefs provide a partial glimpse at how they may relate not only to the clients they will see, but also to the training they are about to receive. I view rigorous supervision as an invaluable component of clinical training. It is in the supervisory context that interns learn not only how to sharpen their assessment and intervention skills, but also how to manage the complexity and uncertainty that often accompanies clinical work. I firmly believe that as much as good clinical work is about doing, it also is about thinking. That said, one of my overarching goals in training includes helping interns learn how to make increasingly informed decisions about the work they do: how to hypothesize effectively about the clients they work with, how to plan the clinical work ahead, how to make things happen in sessions that have therapeutic value, and how to revise treatment plans in ways that further the objectives of treatment. As a trainer, I am suspicious of what I will call “paternalistic supervision.” This includes any form of supervision in which a supposedly all-knowing supervisor imparts knowledge to a supposedly less-knowing intern. I believe that the best supervision always includes an active, respectful collaboration between the supervisor and the intern. It also includes a clear appreciation that there will be times when I, the supervisor, may be as uncertain about how to proceed with a case as the intern might be. But I view these moments not as instances of failure and embarrassment, but as moments that often speak to the complexity of the case. Often these moments are reminders that additional factors may need to be considered to render the case solvable.
I enjoy reading, music, bike riding and hiking, and spending time with family and friends. And I have long enjoyed the landscape surrounding Manhattan. Over the years I have made many pilgrimages to this area for bike riding and hiking. I will continue to ride and hike here, now without having to drive miles and miles to do so!
I approach clients with a sense of solid, clear safety and have been told by some that they knew they could trust me by my direct and friendly manner. In the 26 years since I finished my doctoral degree I have integrated my INTJ personality style with the blend of cognitive/behavioral, feminist, family systems, dynamic, and a variety of other perspectives. I love to assist clients in their exploration of possibilities as they strive to develop their own structure and efficacy in their lives. For me the excitement comes in helping a person reach that deepest core of self in order to honor and nurture that inevitable seed of change and growth. I believe it is also important, at times, to help clients question the fit of their sociocultural context with an eye towards the expansion of their options. Conceptually, I embrace the dialectic of change, the ever-present conflict (and I use that term in a positive sense) inherent in growth and often use the term "striving for balance" as the dynamic goal of all my work. Within a holistic, systems/community view of humans, I emphasize inclusiveness: for example, rights AND responsibilities, self AND others, strengths AND weaknesses, growth AND loss.
I bring to supervision a value for personal honesty, mutual respect, a drive to learn and grow, a willingness to deal with conflicts as they arise, and a commitment to walking that unknown path with the person. Within a discussion/interpersonal format in supervision sessions, I try to focus on the interaction of the client's presentation and the therapist's perspective throughout the process of therapy, working with a supervisee at whatever level she/he is at with an eye towards further development. I attend to the broad context as well as important details of the supervisee's work and the client's needs. I provide support for exploring the patterns presented (by the client, the intern, the supervisory dyad itself) in order to consider what interventions are needed to achieve the change desired. Besides attending to personal growth in therapy skills, I pay particular attention to helping supervisees develop a sense of themselves as a Professional Psychologist.
I am committed to being effective in a variety of roles available to me as a psychologist. Besides working to help individuals develop better coping skills, I am also interested in prevention both on individual as well as on community levels. In my work with the K-State Campaign for Nonviolence and the SafeZone program I hope to help build a safer and more equitable community culture as a complement to my clinical work. Besides my campus activities, I am a member of the Psychology Advisory Committee to the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board and maintain my memberships in the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Kansas Psychological Association (KPA). Prior to my becoming the Director at the K-State Counseling Services in summer 2010, I was the Clinical Director (1988-2010) and the Training Director (1985-1988) so I have extensive knowledge of the varied operations of this agency. Overall, I believe strongly in community (local, regional, national, and global) and so I work on local issues involving social justice and keep aware of national/international political scenes.
As a widow, I value my circle of friends as great supports and a source of great laughter and conversation. I come from an Italian-American background, having been born and raised in a northern Illinois suburb of Chicago by parents who were born of Italian immigrants settled in Buffalo, NY. My late parents taught me, my 3 sisters, and one brother through their warmth, generosity, and great love of Italian (and all) food... though I could never reach their expertise in cooking! I enjoy movies, theater, art museums, and I travel as much as I can (all over the USA; Carriacou, West Indies; and Venice, Italy are my favorites). When I get a chance, I read mystery novels (Elizabeth George, Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Tony Hillerman). Finally, I am a "computer nerd Wannabe" and am continuing to learn ways that we may use the Internet more effectively for reaching students.
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I am originally from the great state of Indiana and the lovely city of Indianapolis. I earned my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Illiana VA Health Care Systems in Danville, Illinois and completed my postdoctoral hours at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign counseling center. I have trained at a community mental health center for children and adolescents, a veteran's hospital, and college counseling centers. My primary areas of interest include men's issues, alcohol and other drug education and awareness, managing/coping with race-related stress, and working with student veterans. Additional areas of interest include mood disorders, relationship concerns, self-esteem issues, and disordered eating.
I tend to approach my work with clients in a way that combines humanistic, interpersonal, and rational-emotive behavior modalities. I find that in this way clients and I can begin to explore their wants/needs and how their reaction to or perceptions of situations can impact how they react to said situations. I also find that a critical part of what I like to do is assist individuals in finding ways of accepting the self as they are, without preconditions of their worth. However, I am often open to new methods and enjoy reading about new approaches that I think can aid me as I attempt to continue growing as a clinician. Regardless of theoretical orientation, I find that the relationship I am able to develop with individuals is the most compelling aspect of what facilitates progress in the people with whom I am working.
As a supervisor, I try take a less directive approach and work with the supervisee wherever they may be with regards to their developmental level. I tend to grant the supervisee freedom to work with clients in the way that they see fitting with their theoretical style. I think it's important for supervisees to feel safe, and so I often focus on their strengths and gently approach areas where I think there is room for growth. I especially enjoy discussing issues with regards to professional development. I have had some wonderful supervisors/mentors in the past who were crucial to my development in this area, and so I feel it is now my duty to pass along the bits of wisdom that I received.
When I am not at work, I spend a lot of time with my family and friends. My little family moved to Manhattan in 2012 and we have had very few complaints! I love sports. Primarily Indiana sports. I am an avid fan of Indiana University Basketball, the Indiana Pacers, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program. I am a bit of a nerd/weirdo in that I love fantasy and thriller novels, and I am a big fan of supernatural horror, fantasy, and science fiction films. I am usually trying to organize trips to see the latest scary flick or alien yarn that is out in theaters.
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Being from Kansas it seems like Kansas State has been a part of my life since I was a child. As a family we would come up every weekend to tailgate and attend the football games. In my adult life, I keep coming and going from K-State. I came to K-State as an undergraduate, a doctoral intern, and now a licensed psychologist. Though I have ventured to other places in between, it seems I always come back and now consider it home.
As a psychologist, I come from a transtheoretical approach with an emphasis in interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral therapy. I find helping clients discover their strengths both successful for the client and exciting to watch unfold. It is important that clients understand the broader context in which they live and at times to question the status quo. I enjoy helping the client become their own advocate. My professional interests include: body image, eating disorders, special concerns for men around body image and eating disorders, group therapy, and treating as well as advocating for the GLBTQ community. Helping others grow by gaining self-acceptance is an important aspect of my work. I believe the most important ingredient in therapy is the therapeutic relationship. The client's approach and navigation within this relationship becomes the means to change. It is a collaborative process in which both the therapist and the client develop treatment goals.
From my perspective, supervision should be carried out while always considering the developmental stage of the professional being supervised. The supervisee ought to be given the freedom to explore their own approach to counseling while continuing to provide quality care to the clients. It is the supervisor's duty to ensure that the supervisee is comfortable and able to receive both challenge and support. I also see supervision through the lens of the supervisory relationship. I believe that attending to the supervisory relationship is imperative as it is a key ingredient to facilitate growth.
As mentioned before, I love sports and in particular I enjoy attending K-State football games. I always have been and always will be a Wildcat. Aside from tailgating with my family and going to the games, I enjoy playing golf, exercising, cooking, and enjoying time with friends/family. I try not to take myself too seriously and am always up for a good laugh. Since coming to K-State I have become an expert at organizing potlucks and baby showers. I think it is extremely important to celebrate each other's life events and provide support during difficult times.
My career has been devoted to working at university counseling centers and, as a psychologist, I cannot imagine a better job. I enjoy the variety of tasks that I perform, from counseling to supervising interns to presenting. I also find it fulfilling to work with college students. Students face the challenges of achieving academically, choosing a career, and transitioning into the world of work. Additionally, they may face individual challenges that range from adjusting to college, struggles with relationships, mood difficulties, eating and body image concerns, and recovering from traumatic experiences.
Counseling is a unique relationship where clients allow me the privilege of joining with them for part of their journey. It is my goal to create a secure enough space where clients and I can collaborate to move from their initial “thin” description of what is bringing them to counseling to a “thick” understanding. This deeper, richer understanding takes into account the larger context which results in a non-pathologizing viewpoint. Thus, my theoretical underpinnings stem from humanistic and feminist viewpoints. Intertwined with this is the knowledge I have gained from working in the area of trauma and being trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This has taught me that everyone has the innate drive to heal, but that there is a time and place for everything. Listening to clients, maintaining my curiosity, empowering clients to tap into their innate knowledge of what they need, having compassion for them, and incorporating my knowledge and instincts all combine in counseling to help clients reach their goals.
Supervising doctoral interns parallels my work with clients as I strive to provide a supportive, compassionate environment that also challenges interns to grow. I take a developmental perspective and focus on strengths while encouraging interns to achieve their goals. My internship year was one of tremendous change and was very enjoyable and challenging. My goal is to provide a similar experience for interns as they transition from students into professionals. It is a delight to be part of this process.
Professionally and personally I am always growing and learning. K-State is a great place in which to learn and work with the strong school spirit both on and off campus and the supportive, collaborative environment within Counseling Services. In terms of personal interests, I enjoy spending time with my partner, children, and dogs. I also enjoy watching our chickens (yes, you read that right!), reading, and knitting.
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