Nancy Welch Bio

Psychologist IV: Coordinator of Veteran Services

Personal Statement:
As a psychologist at Texas A&M University, I am honored to work with college students and the concerns they bring to the counseling relationship. Instead of being a sign of weakness, the decision to seek therapy is a quality of strength, indicating a level of self-awareness and a willingness to be instrumental in how one's life unfolds. That first step of coming through our doors takes courage and commitment, and I realize that the trust and personal investment necessary in therapy is not always an easy journey. The demands of college life often lead to challenges and struggles, and the therapeutic process provides an opportunity to experience a safe and respectful environment while addressing these important concerns. Some of my specific interests include issues of returning veterans, relationship concerns, women's issues, trauma work, and self-growth and discovery. In addition to my clinical work, I find special joy and satisfaction being involved in the training and supervision of future psychologists.

As a therapist, I hold a humanistic, relational perspective; that is, I focus on the context of one's life instead of viewing the self in isolation. This context includes both the person's present situation as well as the context in which one has experienced life.  I believe that personal well-being and self-esteem are strongly related to the ability to connect with others in a mutually authentic and meaningful way.

On a personal note, probably due to my previous nomadic life and living in Central America for several years, I have wanderlust and enjoy traveling and experiencing other cultures, especially if it involves a reef or a beach. I also enjoy playing the harmonica (not very well I might add) and spending time with my family and our usual assortment of adopted pets.

Academic Training:
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
M.S., Counseling and Human Services, Texas A&M University
B.S., Psychology, Texas A&M University

Internship:
Counseling and Mental Health Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Licensure/Certification:
Licensed Psychologist, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, No. 30901

Areas of Special Interest:
Issues of returning veterans; trauma/PTSD; women's issues;; GLBT issues; eating disorders; group psychotherapy; self-growth and discovery; spiritual concerns, and supervision/training

Theoretical Orientation:
Existential/humanistic with emphases in relational-cultural and psychodynamic perspectives.


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