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

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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