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Dennis Patrick Wood, PhD

Psychologist

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I have had the privilege of having gained specialized psychological skills and expertise during the past 45 years and it is my ongoing intent and endeavor to share these tools within the framework of individual psychotherapy. My treatment philosophy is to ensure that each one of my patients have the most contemporary, individualized, and specialized treatment within the comfort of the Tele-Psychology Model. For instance, I invite prospective and current patients to access not only my webpage but also the Virtual Reality Medical Center's webpage to find out more about Virtual Reality Therapy.  Virtual Reality Therapy utilizes computer technology, biofeedback, meditation, and Exposure Therapy to successfully treat our dedicated and brave men and women in uniform who deployed in harm's way so that we can continue to enjoy our freedoms and quality of life in the United States.  Virtual Reality Therapy is also utilized to treat Flying Phobia, Generalized and Specific Anxiety Diagnoses and Chronic Pain.

Hopefully, within a few years, Virtual Reality Therapy can be offered within a Tele-Psychology format.  Even without access to Virtual Reality Therapy, there are fantastic and evidenced-based advantages to utilizing both meditation and biofeedback within a Tele-Psychology model.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Military Psychology

MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS RESOURCES
(MY FAVORITE RECOMMENDATIONS)

Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Crisis Line: Phone: 1-800-273-8255; Text: 838255

At War with PTSD by Robert N McLay

Beyond Survival: Building on the Hard Times – a POW’s Inspiring Story by Captain (Retired) Gerald Coffee

Adaptive Disclosure (A New treatment for Military Trauma, Loss, and Moral Injury) by Brett T. Litz, Leslie Lebowitz, Matt J. Gray & William P. Nash

Rule Number Two by Heidi Squier Kraft, Ph.D.

BIO

Dr. Dennis Patrick Wood is a Clinical Psychologist and a Retired U.S. Navy Captain. In August 1980, Dr. Wood first entered private practice in San Diego following four years as a Staff Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, Naval Medical Center San Diego. He specializes in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and military psychology. Dennis has authored or co-authored over 25 articles that have been published in peer review journals. During the past 13 years, several Dr. Wood’s published articles have discussed the successful utilization of Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET) with warriors diagnosed with combat-related PTSD. For additional information concerning Dr. Wood, you can view his webpage.

CLINICAL EXCELLENCE.

During the past 13 years, several Dr. Wood’s published articles have discussed the successful utilization of Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET) with warriors diagnosed with combat-related PTSD.

Education

  • BA, Psychology - St. Mary’s College of California
  • MA, Child Development - University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • PhD, Psychodiagnostics and Psychotherapy - California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego (now Alliant International University)
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Hobbies

  • Reading
  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Traveling
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Awards

  • Member, Scientific Committee, Annual Cyberpsychology, Cyber Therapy & Social Networking Conference: 2016, 2018 & 2020
  • U.S. Naval Reserve, Certificate of Retirement, May 1, 2005
  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), June 14, 2002
  • Golden Shellback, USS Carl Vinson (CV-70), April 20, 1999
  • U.S. Navy Promotion to Captain (Medical Service Corps), October 1, 1996
  • U.S. Navy Commission, Ensign (Medical Service Corps), March 17, 1975
  • Honorable Discharge, United States Navy, April 3, 1975
  • Crew, 3 Varsity Letters, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA: 1969, 1970 & 1971