My treatment philosophy

I take a holistic approach to understanding each client and their unique presenting concerns. I appreciate that our mind, body, spirit, and relationships are all intertwined and intimately affected by one another. I try to focus on each client's strengths and talents in addition to their struggles and areas for growth.


I have a flexible therapeutic style that draws from several major theoretical approaches to psychotherapy. At a basic level, I believe that there is inherent value in increasing self-understanding and self-acceptance. As clients come to a deeper appreciation for how their personal history can affect their current feelings, motivations, and relationships, they often feel more grounded and better able to make well-informed decisions about how to live their lives in a rewarding manner.

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My short bio

Education


I graduated from Ohio University with my Bachelor's Degree in 1971. Graduate school began a year later, first attending Xavier University. Transferring to Marshall University for one year, I returned to my favorite university and completed my Master's Degree in 1976. After working many years, I returned to Ohio University and completed my Ph.D. in 1989. My Psychologist license was granted in 1990.

Work Experience


In 1971 I was hired in the psychology department of Portsmouth Receiving Hospital, a short-term psychiatric facility operated by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. I  completed my graduate studies while working at this facility. During the 1990's I returned to work for several years as their Consulting Psychologist.

Hospital Practice


Over the years, I have worked as a Consulting Psychologist for hospitals in the region. These hospitals include Southern Ohio Medical Center, River Valley Health Systems, and Adena Regional Medical Center. At Adena RMC in the early 1990's, I provided psychology consultation for their new Counseling Center which is now a major provider of mental health services in the region.

My standards


When considering concerns about a practitioner, take account of the standards and documents listed below. You can download these documents from this website. Printed copies of Board documents can be provided on request (email here: contact me).

  • THE RELEVANT CORE COMPETENCIES FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS (INCLUDING CULTURAL COMPETENCIES AND ADDITIONAL COMPETENCIES FOR VOCATIONAL SCOPES OF PRACTICE);
  • ANY RELEVANT BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES ADOPTED OR PUBLISHED BY GILLIAN;
  • THE BOARD’S ADOPTED DECISION GUIDELINES RELATING TO PARTS 3 & 4 OF THE HPCA ACT.
  • THE CODE OF ETHICS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS WORKING IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND 2002 (ENGLISH VERSION, OR SEE TE REO VERSION HERE);
  • THE HEALTH PRACTITIONERS COMPETENCE ASSURANCE (HPCA) ACT 2003;

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