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Dr. Mitchell Durham
Dr. Mitchell
Durham
828-424-3773
828-424-3773
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LifeChangeCPS.com
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105 Vintage Rd
Candler
North Carolina
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28715
USA
1982
Clinical Psychologist
OFFLINE
As a Christian Psychologist, my worldview is shaped by my faith. Every clinician brings their worldview into the counseling relationship, and even though they should not impose their perspective on the client, it will influence the process. John R. W. Stott said Christianity should provide a “counter-culture with its own distinctive goals, values, standards, and lifestyle – a realistic alternative to the contemporary technocracy which is marked by bondage, materialism, self-centeredness, and greed. Christ’s call to obedience is a call to be different, not conformist.” Also, as a believer, I interpret psychological theory and research findings within the context of Scripture. In other words, primacy is given to Scripture as the filter through which all other truths are interpreted.

 


Dr. Mitch Durham, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist (NC License # 4175)

North Carolina Certified Health Services Provider – Psychologist

Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (#4257) from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

 

Professional Disclosure Statement

 I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve you. This disclosure statement provides information about my qualifications and how I view the therapeutic process.  This information will be helpful in making an informed decision regarding my services.

 

My Qualifications.   I received the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Seminary in 1986 prior to the transfer of the program to George Fox University.  I received a Masters (MA) degree from the same institution in 1982 in Counseling Psychology.  The training program was specifically intended to integrate psychology and theology into a holistic understanding of people from a Christian perspective.  I have been licensed as a psychologist in Nevada, Arkansas, and North Carolina.  In addition, I have received the Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.  I am certified in North Carolina as a Health Services Provider – Psychologist.  I am a member of the Society for Christian Psychology.  Many insurance companies cover the services of a licensed psychologist.  

 

Clients Served.  I provide therapy with individuals, couples, families and groups dealing with a wide range of therapeutic issues.  I work predominantly with adults, as well as adolescents and older adults.

 

Specialty Areas.   I specialize in the practice of clinical psychology with a primary emphasis on psychotherapy, and sub-focus on psychological testing, supervision, and consultation.  In psychotherapy I have extensive experience in depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-esteem, anger, marital/family conflict, substance abuse, grief, eating disorders, and struggles of faith.  More severe problems such as psychosis and suicidal threat are also within my scope of practice.  In the area of psychological testing, my emphasis is on single psychological tests to aid in treatment rather than providing comprehensive batteries for external purposes or entities, such as the court system.  I have provided supervision for over 20 years to Masters and Doctoral students from over a dozen different graduate training programs.  I particularly enjoy consultation to churches and community treatment providers regarding improving mental health service provision to their population.  

 

The Counseling Relationship—What to Expect from Therapy.  As a Christian Psychologist, my worldview is shaped by my faith.  Every clinician brings their worldview into the counseling relationship, and even though they should not impose their perspective on the client, it will influence the process.  John R. W. Stott said Christianity should provide a “counter-culture with its own distinctive goals, values, standards, and lifestyle – a realistic alternative to the contemporary technocracy which is marked by bondage, materialism, self-centeredness, and greed.  Christ’s call to obedience is a call to be different, not conformist.”  Also, as a believer, I interpret psychological theory and research findings within the context of Scripture.  In other words, primacy is given to Scripture as the filter through which all other truths are interpreted.

 

The last 50 years of research in psychotherapeutic outcome has consistently identified what are called the “Common Factors.”  Change is most dependent on client factors, or, what the client brings with them or has available to them.  This includes such things as motivation for change, events that occur facilitating change, supportive relationships, a strong belief system, etc..  These client factors account for 40% of all therapeutic change.   The next most powerful change agent, accounting for another 30%, is the relationship formed between client and psychologist, often called the therapeutic alliance.  This is why a good “fit” with your psychologist is important.  The final 30% of change is equally attributed to the final two Common Factors:  development of hope and therapeutic technique or strategy.  My treatment approach emphasizes these common factors while using what is called a “Cognitive-Behavioral” therapy approach.  This “road map” for treatment emphasizes that the thought processes we have, whether true or not, determine the resulting emotions and behaviors.  I find this approach most consistent with Biblical insights, for example:

  • Proverbs 4:23  Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
  • Romans 12:2  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5  We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
  • Philippians 4:8  And now dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 

 

As treatment progresses, we expect that internal changes taking place should result in observable, external changes.  These external changes serve as “road signs” that we are headed toward the destination we set out for.  This is what are termed “goals” in treatment.  We will establish these early on to determine if we are making progress in the desired direction or not.  In addition to establishing target goals, I have written and copyrighted a tool to use at each counseling contact.  Five questions are scored on a scale at the beginning of each session and five different questions at the end of each session.  The process of session by session evaluation using a similar tool is considered an Evidence-Based Practice by the federal government Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

 

Treatment will conclude when the sought-after goals have been sufficiently achieved, or you choose to leave, or if it becomes evident that you should continue therapy with another therapist due to a therapeutic impasse or need for increased specialization. You have the right to terminate participation in therapy at any time, for any reason, without needing to explain, and without financial obligations other than those already accrued.  Termination is most often a mutual decision based upon the welfare of the client. If I must miss any session(s) due to illness or vacation, I will provide an on-call therapist and/or an emergency hospital number to ensure continued client care for possible emergencies. I am not a medical physician and cannot prescribe or provide any medication. If medical treatment is indicated, you will be encouraged to seek such attention.  I will work closely with a psychiatrist or other physician if medication is warranted.

 

Please Ask Questions.  You may have questions about me, my qualifications, the therapy process, assessments, fees, or something that has not been addressed in the previous paragraphs.  It is your right to have a complete explanation for any of your questions at any time.

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Integration of Psychology and Christian Faith for Adults, Adolescents, and Elderly. Treating depression, anxiety, loneliness, anger, eating disorders, family conflict, grief, and substance abuse.

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