W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. - Psychologist
Everyone needs a little help in life every now and then. In my practice, I work collaboratively with children, teens, families, couples, and individual adults to help identify and solve problems that get in the way of achieving life goals. I provide brief, goal oriented therapy as well as long-term therapy, depending on the issues and circumstances. I use evidence based treatments that have a track record for success.
I am a direct and compassionate therapist, and use my sense of humor when helping people make changes in their lives. My clients and I work as a team, and we often include family members, friends, coworkers, and other community members as resources in our work. I work with clients from underserved populations (e.g., gender spectrum, race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religion) and continually develop myself in awareness of privilege, culture and power. Together, we can work to help you or your loved one get back on track to accomplishing your goals.
AREAS I HAVE EXPERIENCE
CHANCE THE THERAPY DOG
Chance is a great addition to the therapeutic experience. He greets clients as they arrive, may sit at your feet, or sleep on his bed during session. Chance puts kids and teens at ease and sometimes comforts clients of all ages when they're sad and helps ease the anxiety of coming for a therapy session. Studies have found that petting an animal decreases blood pressure as well as anxiety.
TEACHING & SPEAKING
I teach a number of workshops for clinicians:
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Cultural competency is important to being a good therapist, but having knowledge about diverse cultural experiences, and especially, continued work and awareness of one's privilege and intersectionality is essential. I have worked with many clients from diverse genders, on the gender spectrum, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, social classes, ethnicities, immigration statuses, and other classes of cultural identity and experience. One of the reasons I went into the field of psychology was because I was fascinated with understand the way people think, and cultural context plays a significant role in addition to family upbringing and other life experiences. In addition to studying psychology in undergraduate, I also studied anthropology, sociology, and philosophy, and I have worked with a variety of clients throughout my life, both from dominant cultural groups and underrepresented populations. I continue to attend continuing education regarding cultural competency, had started the cultural competency committee during my presidency of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California, and continue to seek culturally informed consultation. I work to partner with my clients to bring my responsibility as a person in power in having knowledge of my clients macro and micro culture, as well as the responsibility to be aware of my own privilege, to our therapeutic partnership, and work to make a safe context for clients to provide feedback and share if there are micro or macroaggressions that have happened in our work together.
Dr. Sutton's Podcast for Clinicians
Therapy On the Cutting Edge
With so many developments in the field of psychotherapy, so many integrations, innovations, and shifts from evidence-based to common factors, its hard to keep up! Therapy On the Cutting Edge is a podcast with hour long interviews of clinicians that are creating, innovating, researching, developing, and perfecting treatments for clients.