Benjamin Spear Bio

Benjamin Spear, PhD
Psychologist I, Supervised by James Deegear, PhD, ABPP

Personal Statement:
Howdy!  I am glad to be part of the wonderful Texas A&M community!  Gig ‘Em!  

In my clinical work, I focus on helping students find ways to manage their stressors and worries, so that when they experience a particularly challenging life stressor “stress” does not necessarily turn into “distress”.   In therapy I utilize a client centered humanistic approach.  This means I view therapy as a collaboration between therapist and client, where the goal of therapy is to have a safe and supportive space to explore the different challenges that arise in a person’s life.  I see my clients as being the experts on their own experiences, and I see my role as helping to facilitate exploration by asking questions that help people identify their thoughts/feelings/values, with the goal being to help my clients put those experiences into context in regards to how they are navigating their current life.  I also provide psychoeducation and help clients learn new skills and approaches that they can utilize outside of therapy to help them manage a wide range of concerns (e.g. anxiety, stress, feelings of depression, loss).  I believe everyone has their own strengths, and the trick is finding out what works for someone individually, and finding ways to continue to build those coping strategies that complement a person’s unique way of navigating the world.  

Academic Training:
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Psychology, The University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Internship:
Counseling and Psychological Services, Washington State University

Postdoctoral Fellowship:
Counseling Services, Southern Methodist University

Areas of Special Interest:
Identity development, family and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem/self-worth, and college adjustment concerns.

Theoretical Orientation:
Existential/humanistic utilizing a person-centered, interpersonal process and cognitive behavioral approach.


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