Brett Vicario

Title: Assistant Director, Training Director

Alma Mater: Florida State University 
Graduate Program: Auburn University

Professional Interests: I have particular interests in process and experiential groups, couples therapy, and relational dynamics. I believe my approach to therapy maps well on to attachment concerns, family of origin issues, and interpersonal trauma. I also practice mindfulness meditation and borrow some principles from Buddhist psychology. 

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. 

Training Director, Assistant Director

Professional Interests

I continue to find the work of psychology enriching and fascinating, and I enjoy reading in the field (graduate school could not knock that out of me). I am particularly drawn to the theoretical and philosophical aspects of the field. I also deeply value social justice and benefit from both connecting with others who have had different experiences than me and the internal work of exploring my own cultural background. 

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.