Joseph DeWitz

Title: Associate Director, Clinical Director

Additional Roles: Senior Staff Psychologist

Alma Mater: Ohio State University (2004)

Professional Interests: I maintain a humanistic and existential philosophy toward life and work—integrating solution-focused and holistic ideals in therapy, within a multicultural framework. I enjoy working with a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to: anxiety and mood problems, adjustment difficulties, identity exploration and development, relationship concerns, men's issues and positive masculinity, finding meaning and purpose in life, severe and persistent mental illness, and generally finding ways to make life more enjoyable and productive for individuals.

Personal Interests: I like walking and biking, watching movies, the Food Network and cooking (of course eating too), gardening, and spending time with friends and family.

UO Love: Students, staff and faculty—the people!

Associate Director, Clinical Director

Professional Interests

I enjoy working with a wide range of clientele on a variety of concerns. My clinical interests include, but are not limited to: anxiety disorders, college student adjustment and self-efficacy, identity development, finding meaning and purpose in life, men’s issues and positive masculinity, and people with severe and persistent mental illness.

Theoretical Orientation and Therapy Approach

I tend to view work, and life for that matter, through a humanistic and existential framework. I believe most people are motivated by a desire to find meaning in their lives. People with a greater sense of purpose in life experience greater satisfaction and tend to manage stress and challenges more effectively. In my work with clients, I draw heavily on ideas from the areas of Solution-Focused Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) while always striving to respect individual differences. I take a holistic approach with clients, in that I believe there are often multiple ways to address problems through different areas of clients’ lives. I also believe in a collaborative approach that empowers clients to make changes for themselves. Additionally, I enjoy exploring the uses of humor in the process of positive change.

Supervision Approach and Model

When providing supervision, I emphasize a collaborative, developmental approach tailored to the interests and needs of each supervisee. My style with supervisees tends to be less structured and more open-ended. However, I find it helpful to have a clear idea of each person’s desired outcomes and goals. On a practical level, most people benefit from viewing tapes of their clinical work as part of the supervision process.