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Tom Harrison, Ph.D, MFT
About Me
My therapist wife, Terianne, and I have four children between us. After spending several years as a consultant to the University of Florida Athletic Department for performance issues, I moved here in 1988 to take a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Being the Department Chair for that program led to my becoming Associate Dean of the College of Education. While Associate Dean, I have continued to teach in the marriage and family therapy program. I was a co-founder of the Downing Counseling Clinic at UNR, was Director for 13 years, and have been in private practice a bit longer than that. My doctorate degree came from the University of Florida and my undergraduate degree in philosophy came from Furman University. At the University of Florida, I was formally trained in Client-Centered Therapy and since received additional training in Gestalt Therapy, Rationale-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Marriage and Family Therapy. I received my MFT training at UNR in the early 1990's and have been licensed in Nevada for 15 years. Although I have extensive experience in sports performance enhancement with individuals and teams, including the UNR teams and athletes, my current interests lie in helping individuals and couples find meaning, connection, and happiness in their daily lives, relationships, and work. Over the years, I have learned a great deal about different therapies, and perhaps a good way to characterize my approach is that I tend to pay attention to communication and the language that people use as they go about describing the issues and concerns they have about themselves and their relationships. In listening to how people describe their concerns, I attempt to understand systemic communications and interactions though a structural and solution-focused perspective. This means that I am interested in the communications/interactions involved in how people attempt to solve problems, make decisions, and in the impact that these communications/interactions have upon themselves and others. True to the more solution-focused therapies, I tend to focus on what individuals and couples want and how they can go about achieving their wants.