Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Teens, LGTBQ
John helps people navigate this often bumpy road we call life. He uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to help clients achieve their goals such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy as well as various forms of exposure therapy. One of John’s interests is developmental psychology so he often uses that in addition to attachment/object relations theory to understand the foundations of struggles clients are experiencing.
John particularly enjoys working with mood and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, adult children of alcoholics, boundary issues, life transitions, divorce adjustment and self-esteem/identity exploration. His warmth and humor are a tenant of his therapeutic approach and the healing relationships he builds with his clients.
John has been a psychologist in Tulsa for over 30 years, He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (but in his heart he is a Razorback) and immediately began his career at the L.E. Rader Center where he was Chief Psychologist for the Intensive Treatment Program working with incarcerated adolescent males. From the Rader Center John went to Children’s Medical Center where he worked with children and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
As the Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital was built, he became one of the first professionals to be hired and was a part of the planning team that led to the success of Laureate. While at Laureate, John was an integral member of the team of psychologists that created the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program which specialized in the treatment of major depression, bipolar, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress.
In addition, John was selected by the National Institute of Health to be a part of the STAR-D Study which studied various modes of effective treatment for major depression. As a requirement for his participation, he completed intensive training in the application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression and anxiety and as a result of this training was a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Clinician for the study. His experience and expertise have been highly sought by colleagues and beginning professionals. He has been a mentor to many clinicians in the field.
Outside the office John is known for his culinary skills, invitations to his house for dinner are rarely turned down and his cheese grits are legendary! He likes to travel, read, cycle, and any James Bond movie.
When not pursuing these interests he is spending time with his best Lab friend Jack, who is the king of the house! John and Jack still can’t decide who rescued whom.