Today we’d like to introduce you to Zane Dodd, PhD.
Dr. Dodd, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Even as a child, I was incredibly curious about my own mind, as well as the minds of others. In adolescence, that curiosity developed into a desire to not only understand, but to use that knowledge to help others gain insight into themselves. As I grew through my graduate training and experience, the focus became more about how to facilitate positive change through the relationship built with my patients. It’s apparent that I’ve learned as much from the people I work with, as they have from me, going back to my very first patient. Like most young therapists, I was primarily oriented around whether I was implementing proper therapy techniques. However, through our work together, I developed a deeper appreciation for the power of the therapeutic relationship and its ability to facilitate lasting change. It’s not simply about the intellectual insight, the “aha” moments that television and media so frequently portray in therapy situations. Rather, real lasting change derives from a deep emotional awareness that resonates within the therapeutic relationship. This opens the possibility to be different rather than merely think differently. This emotional awareness empowers the patients to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, which enable them to make more conscious choices while navigating their own lives.
Training: Following my doctoral work at the University of North Texas, I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Institute of Living in Hartford Connecticut. Upon conclusion of the internship, I returned to the University of North Texas as a senior Staff Psychologist, and remained for 3 years in the Counseling and Testing Center. I opened my private practice in January of 2013.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Developing a private psychotherapy practice can depend on many variables. Those include the population you work with, what forms of payment you take, and whether or not you choose to join insurance panels. I chose to build a private pay practice, so that our work would be based on the patient’s best interests, as opposed to a third party insurance provider. This approach also ensures complete confidentiality, which I feel is essential. Although I have not regretted this decision, it does take longer to establish a full practice. However, I did find it helpful to utilize some of the initial down time to develop relationships within the psychology, psychiatry, and established medical communities. This further helps to fully coordinate care of our shared patients who value that collaboration.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Zane Dodd Psychology – what should we know?
My training and experience during my doctoral training and internship was wide reaching and well integrated. I worked with individuals, couples, families, groups, and teams. I worked with adolescents, young, middle, and older adults. I have worked in community outpatient clinics, university counseling centers, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospitals, and private practices.
I completed two areas of specialization during my doctoral training: Marriage and Family and Sport Psychology. During my training I also began to develop a specialization working with individuals who had experienced trauma. While I work with many forms of trauma, many of those I see have had extensive attachment trauma over the course of their development.
My practice is currently full and I’m in the process of diversifying my professional activities. I am increasing my work with athletes and other masters of craft (e.g., artists, musicians, creative entrepreneurs). I also enjoy providing supervision and teaching for young psychologists.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The success of my work is rooted in developing the therapy relationship. It’s important that those seeking psychotherapy with me do find relief from the symptoms that bring them in, but this is often just the introduction to a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships. The relief of symptoms is only part of what makes psychotherapy so helpful. My approach to psychotherapy will hopefully lead to a deeper and more enriched life. The hope is that I’m able to share an approach that is not only oriented to what is experienced as unhealthy, but also one that is focused on developing greater psychological health and well-being. I truly believe that this form of psychotherapy can be helpful for everyone, regardless of their status, identity, of background. I’m passionately invested in aiding those I work with to find this level of meaning in their lives.
My own development as a clinician did not stop after completing my graduate training. I continue to be actively involved in several psychological organizations, professional reading groups, collegial consultation groups, and individual consultations with experts in the field.
- Currently, my fee is $170 for the 50 minute clinical hour.
- Address: 305 Miron Dr., Southlake, TX 76092
- Website: www.drzanedodd.com
- Phone: 817-416-8970
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org