Dorrie Ferguson, PsyD.
Who do I work with? I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples who are interested in better understanding their emotional experiences and stories. I specialize in working with men who would like to build stronger connections with others.
I also have extensive experience helping those grappling with substance misuse, the special concerns of creative artists, as well as the unique needs of the hard of hearing.
My areas of interest. I enjoy working with a wide variety of clinical issues. I am interested in life transitions, relationship issues, and family dynamics. As a creative person I am especially drawn to working with clients who have a background in the creative arts and/or those who appreciate creative expression. I also enjoy working with men, and people who use substances to cope with day to day stressors. Additionally, I regularly work with clients who are hard of hearing, and differently abled.
I have a strong interest in the healing power of humor and I have presented my research on humor at the national conference for the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. I often reflect on the words of Patch Adams: “laughter is the white noise of happiness” and appreciate the importance of laughing with my clients. I understand that shared laughter builds stronger relationships and provides a welcome release from the difficulties of life.
“Worthy now. Not if. Not when. we are worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minute. As is.” -Brene Brown
How I practice. A proverb that I often turn to is “the best time to build a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” I believe that today is always a good time to address challenges or difficult experiences. I truly enjoy getting to know my clients and understanding their unique life stories. I also appreciate the power of creativity and flexibility in my work with my clients, drawing on my experience and training as a dancer, storyteller and comedian. I take a strength-based approach to working with clients and regularly find myself feeling humbled by the kindness and resilience in my clients. I build upon my clients’ strengths and abilities to help facilitate healing and growth. I understand that life presents difficulties and challenges, and I am interested in recognizing and honoring the heartbreak, while also celebrating small daily triumphs.
In session I tend to be very practical and solution-focused. I am collaborative with my clients, working with them to define their goals and develop an action plan for them so they improve their quality of life and their relationships.
My background: I have over five years of experience working with couples and individuals of all ages. I received my doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and I completed my training working in universities with traditional and non-traditional students. I have extensive experience working with the unique needs of those who struggle with substance misuse as well as individuals who are hard of hearing. In my work with couples I have training and experience using the Gottman Method, which is a practical and applicable approach to building stronger relationships that was developed utilizing over 30 years of couples’ research.