James Deegear, Ph.D., ABPP
Associate Director - Clinical Services
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University – Whoop!
- M.A., School Psychology, Trinity University
- B.A., Philosophy, Washington and Lee University
License and Certification
- Licensed Psychologist, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, No. 32907
- Board Certified Counseling Psychologist
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
My approach is an existential, person-centered one that accepts we are all in-process in life. At its fundamental base, counseling (to me) is a dialog between two human beings. It is an opportunity of intersection between two stories, mine and the client’s. While my story largely remains silent, my understanding of life and the processes of identity, challenge, loss and growth are starting points to connect with the story of the client. A shared understanding of the client’s experience hopefully unlocks options and empowerment to pursue the client’s goals, while my understanding of what life is (in all its varied forms of struggle and renewal) has been changed. I have special interests in better understanding change processes, dealing with grief and loss, and in working with first generation students.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
“Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.” ~Helen Keller. My hope is that I can see and live beyond the limitations and comfort of my own privilege, engage in dialog and experience to understand the narratives of others, and grow to use my place in this world to share in the mutual responsibility of cultivating welfare for all.
Approach to Supervision
I see my role in supervision as adding to the knowledge of psychological disorders and processes while facilitating the development and expression of the supervisee’s unique voice and life-perspective.
Spending time with my family.