In 2002, I had the privilege of being awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center, specifically in the esteemed Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. During this fellowship, I had the opportunity to work closely with parents and their children and adolescents who were grappling with significant emotional and behavioral difficulties. This immersive experience played a pivotal role in shaping my professional values and approach to providing services.
Working full-time at Stanford University Medical Center allowed me to collaborate with brilliant minds in the field of clinical psychology. Through clinical consultation and supervised experiences, I gained invaluable insights and knowledge that have greatly influenced my practice. The interdisciplinary environment and exposure to cutting-edge research and treatment modalities at Stanford have solidified my commitment to providing exceptional care to individuals and families facing emotional and behavioral challenges.
Following the completion of my doctoral degree in 2001, I relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico. As part of my professional journey, I pursued clinical internship training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of New Mexico Medical School. Throughout this training, I had the opportunity to work in diverse clinical settings, both inpatient and outpatient, where I assessed and treated child and adolescent patients. These individuals presented with a wide spectrum of mental and emotional health issues, as well as addictions and medical illnesses.
Working with this population not only allowed me to gain valuable experience in providing comprehensive care, but it also fostered close collaboration with parents or guardians. This collaboration proved to be instrumental in my professional development and influenced my interest in extending my services to adults. Recognizing the impact of mental health on individuals of all ages, I became motivated to expand my expertise to address the needs of adults facing various challenges.
These formative experiences in Albuquerque shaped my clinical skills and deepened my understanding of the complex interplay between mental health, addiction, and medical conditions. They also reinforced my commitment to helping individuals of all ages achieve optimal well-being and find effective strategies for managing their unique circumstances.
I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon (UO). During my time at UO, I was extensively involved in research activities, taught university classes, and received comprehensive training to work with individuals across the lifespan who were facing emotional and behavioral challenges that impacted their daily lives.
My training at UO covered a broad range of areas, including working with children, adolescents, and adults. I gained invaluable experiences in conducting therapy with individuals, couples, and families, all under the guidance and supervision of experts in the fields of anxiety and mood disorders, as well as couples and family therapy. This rigorous training equipped me with the necessary skills to address a diverse range of mental health concerns and provided a strong foundation for my clinical practice.
Recognizing my passion for becoming a clinician, I went above and beyond the required clinical training hours to ensure that I was thoroughly prepared to provide psychological services to my clients. The additional clinical training I pursued further honed my abilities and deepened my understanding of effective interventions and evidence-based practices.
I bring this wealth of education, research experience, and comprehensive training to my clinical work, allowing me to approach therapy with a strong theoretical framework and a commitment to providing the highest quality care.
As a therapist in private practice, I take a collaborative and pragmatic approach to therapy, drawing from the scientific foundation of clinical psychology. For over 27 years, I have worked with teenagers and adults dealing with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief, stress, life transitions, family challenges, and interpersonal conflicts.
My journey in the field of psychology began with my doctoral training in a Ph.D. clinical psychology program, where I first integrated research and scientific practice into my therapeutic approach. Throughout my career, I have held various roles, from providing clinical services in various settings to engaging in research and training. I have served as co-Clinical Director at a therapeutic boarding school, where I worked with teens, young adults, and their parents. Additionally, I was Director of research and later the founder and Director of a predoctoral clinical psychology training program that prepared doctoral students to become professional, licensed psychologists. I have given talks about clinical psychology research and treatment of adolescents and adults at regional, national, and international conferences.
My leadership and professional experiences inspired me in 2014 to create a private practice. Recent years of collaboration and consultation with other mental health providers have reinforced my strong desire to provide the best psychological services possible through my private practice. I believe in creating a safe and supportive environment for my clients to be themselves and explore the challenges they are facing.
"Being the 'best you can be' is really only possible when you are deeply connected to another. Splendid isolation is for planets, not people." — Dr. Sue Johnson
Through our work together, we will develop strategies tailored to your specific needs. Help me understand what it is that has brought you to therapy. What or who has helped, hindered or hurt? We will work together to create meaning from your experiences —usually rooted in attachment or relational challenges — and we will develop an active and pragmatic approach of effective strategies and interventions that work for you. You may already be engaging in change with your own effective solutions that we will make more obvious. I engage clients in collaborative coaching, inviting them to recognize, acknowledge, and work through their emotional, cognitive, and relational patterns that serve to support or undermine daily functioning. My clinical approach utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other mindfulness- and evidence-based interventions.
Dr. Nick Hong (phone: 503-755-8571)
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