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Counseling & Testing Center Staff - Debra Crisp

Debra Crisp, Ph.D.

Debra Crisp, Ph.D.

Training Coordinator, Licensed Counseling Psychologist

Office:  Potter Hall 409
Phone:  270-745-3159
Email:  debra.crisp@wku.edu

Bio

I arrived in Bowling Green, KY in 1998 after spending a frigid year at the University of Pittsburgh as a Predoctoral Intern in their Counseling Center. I am someone who enjoys the energy of a college campus. I received my undergraduate and master’s degree from Appalachian State University (The Back to Back Champions of Division IA football and the spoilers of the University of Michigan football team). My background is in student affairs so I have worked with career counseling, African American Student Development, parent orientation, and financial aid. However, I really enjoy working with students on a more one on one basis. I earned my doctorate at the University of Memphis in counseling psychology. It is my great pleasure to be the training coordinator as we assist therapists-in-training to develop their skills.

Individual Counseling

I approach each client as what they are, an individual. I believe that we each are a product of our culture and previous experiences; as a result it important to understand the client in context. I tend to provide a counseling environment that is warm and nurturing with an eye toward helping the client challenge the issues that brought him/her in to counseling. I work each session to put myself out of business because I believe that clients are inherently experts of what they need. My theoretical influences include the client centered work of Rogers, the multicultural theories of Sue & Sue, Parham, Helms, and Cross. I also adhere to interpersonal theory which suggests that the past is an excellent way of understanding the present and sometimes the future.

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