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Dr. Spence Wilson, LHSP

Licensed Psychologist, Certified Health Service Provider, Co-Owner **  

Education:

  • Ph.D. - University of Missouri - Columbia, Counseling Psychology [4.0/4.0 GPA]* 
    • Specialties: Psychological, Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Testing, Health Psychology
  • M.A. - Oklahoma City University, Counseling Psychology [4.0/4.0 GPA High Honors Graduate]
  • Graduate Study - Southern Nazarene University, Religion [36 credit hours]
  • B.S. - Southern Nazarene University, Dual Majors in Psychology and Religion [Magna Cum Laude Graduate]
     

Clinical Training:

  • Postdoctoral Training: Family Medical Care of Tulsa and In His Image Medical Residency Program
  • Internship (Clinical Residency) - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (Renamed: OU Medical Center) (Rotations: Health Psychology, Geropsychology, Neuropsychology, Primary Care Psychology, Pediatric Psychology)
  • Clinical Externship - Harry S. Truman Memorial VA Hospital - Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Licensure:

  • Oklahoma Licensed Health Service Provider Psychologist #966

Awards:

  • Superior Graduate Student Achievement Award (MU)
  • Research Award (Oklahoma Psychological Association)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year (Oklahoma Wesleyan University)
  • High Honors Graduate (OCU)
  • Magna Cum Laude Graduate (SNU)

Leadership and Service:

  • National Health Service Corp Member
  • Director - Oklahoma Psychological Association (2009-2011)
  • Managing Member - Wilson Psychological Associates, PLLC
  • Managing Member - Behavioral Health Group of Northeastern Oklahoma
  • Board of Directors - Christian Association for Psychological Studies (2004-2009)
  • American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health
  • Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corp
  • Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences (OWU, 2001-2006)
  • Director of Admissions (OWU, 2003)
  • Committee Membership: Insurance Committee (OPA), Academic Affairs (OWU), Presidential Search Committee (OWU), North Central Accreditation Committee (OWU)

Clinical Proficiencies:

  • Psychological Evaluation of Behavioral, Affective, Anxiety and Personality Disorders
  • Neuropsychological Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, and Dementia
  • Presurgical Behavioral Medicine Evaluation (Spinal Cord Stimulator, Gastric Surgery)
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Couples Psychotherapy
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health Crisis Intervention/Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Pain Management
  • Substance Abuse Treatment

Specialized Clinical Experience and Proficiency:

  • Crisis Counselor - Federal Emergency Management Agency (Alfred Murrah Building Bombing)
  • Trauma Desensitizaton Therapy and EMDR
  • Mental Health Triage
  • Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Biofeedback (Former M.U. Clinic Director)
  • Focus on the Family Affiliated Counselor
Professional Memberships:
  • American Psychological Association (Full Member)
  • Oklahoma Psychological Association (Full Member, Former Director)
  • American Association of Christian Counselors (Silver Presidential Member)
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (Full Member)
  • Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (Full Member)
 Journals Regularly Read:
  •  Journal of Psychology and Christianity
  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • Journal of Health Psychology
  • Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Practice
  • Clinical Psychology Abstracts
  • The Counseling Psychologist
  • American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology

Psychological and Neuropsychological Evaluation:

Dr. Wilson specializes in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation.   The evaluations are used to assist with diagnostic and treatment questions by physicians and therapists.  These evaluations are based upon clinical best practices and are used help to systematically clarify the problems a client may have and are used to make treatment recommendations for the most efficient and effective treatments of problems.

Therapeutic Approach/What to Expect:
Clients who meet with Dr. Wilson can expect, in the first few sessions, for Dr. Wilson to gather extensive psychiatric, physical, and social histories in a context of compassion, safety, and respect. From there, Dr. Wilson will work with the client to set treatment goals and a plan for their work together. Sessions are then generally scheduled weekly. The length of therapy is determined by the goals the client brings.  Dr. Wilson has been privileged to have as clients physicians, ministers, students, therapists, attorneys, farmers, homemakers, executives, artists, technicians, paraprofessionals, engineers, scientists, teachers, professors, ranchers, nurses, adolescents, children, and those with disabilities. 

Dr. Wilson continues to maintain a limited psychotherapy load.  Dr. Wilson’s approach to individual therapy is practical and "no-nonsense" and generally focuses on linking a client’s thoughts and behaviors to his emotions, and learning new ways of thought and action to improve his everyday experience. He works to incorporate what will work best for each client.  Dr. Wilson believes getting better is preferred to just feeling better.  Dr. Wilson's theoretical approach is called cognitive or cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Personal about Dr. Wilson:
Dr. Wilson is married to Kristin, also a mental health clinician, and together they have three children: Luke, Abbie Claire, and Annaliese Grace.  They attend Life.Church in Owasso.  Outside his work, Dr. Wilson enjoys spending time with his family, and just about any activity outdoors, including biking, spin cast and fly fishing, golfing, hiking, and gardening, as well as reading and restoring their old house in downtown Bartlesville.

*The prestigious Counseling Psychology program at the University of Missouri - Columbia, in which Dr. Wilson earned his Ph.D., has been consistently ranked in the top five programs nationally among public, private, and Ivy League institutions in the U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings system for the last 30 years (2017 and previous - see:  http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/student-counseling-rankings) .
 
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