Brett Vicario

Assistant Director, Training Director

Alma Mater: Florida State University (1994) and Auburn University (2003) 

Personal Interests: I enjoy being active and outdoors, and I regularly play soccer, ultimate frisbee and tennis. I love music and movies and dabble with playing guitar and piano. My partner and I spend some of our spare time trying to manage our devious cat, Clementine. 

UO Love: I have lived in the Northwest for the past 14 years and love the landscape, especially the beautiful trees. I’m also a big fan of the Oregon Coast. 

Professional Interests: I have particular interests in process/experiential groups and couples therapy, having been able to do some extended training in both areas. I believe that my interpersonal/psychodynamic approach to therapy is a good match for family of origin concerns, interpersonal trauma and any kind of relational disconnect. I have also found it valuable to consider the impact of my own identities on relationships and from this standpoint have been interested in exploring the literature about men and masculinity. Finally, I have a mindfulness practice and have felt personally and professionally enriched by learning about Buddhism.

Theoretical Orientation and Therapy Approach: My clinical approach blends interpersonal, relational psychoanalytic, and gestalt influences. I find the most vitalizing work for me is helping clients to discover meaningful insights that can lead to greater self-awareness and self-compassion. I also really value the process of attuning to others and using the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle to better understand the client’s relational dynamics. And as a person who holds many privileged identities, I work to understand how these identities interact with the cultural backgrounds of clients to impact our work. Finally as a therapist in a university community, I find it helpful to contextualize some student challenges within a developmental framework. 

Supervision Approach and Model: Being able to provide supervision is a highlight for me professionally, and I find myself almost always looking forward to these relationships. Over my career thus far, I have had the opportunity to provide a variety of supervision across differing training and professional stages. I find unique joys and challenges in each and try to be flexible and attuned to unique developmental markers. As with therapy, I bring a relational framework and often find it helpful to discuss interpersonal processes while paying attention to cultural interactions and power dynamics given the institutional power I hold as the Training Director.  To this end, it’s important to me to self-disclose some of my own vulnerabilities in order to join with supervisees in our common humanity.