QUALIFICATIONS OF THERAPISTS: Dr. Jarod J. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington and Idaho. Dr. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (from Washington State University, APA Accredited). He continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Idaho and Educational & Psychological Services. Dr. Fitzgerald’s training included a one year APA Accredited internship in the Special Education Department at Lewisville Independent School District, Texas, a one-year assistant-ship at Washington State University’s Counseling Services, and three years of practicum work at University of Idaho Child & Youth Study Center. His score on the National Licensing Exam makes him eligible for license in every state. Dr. Fitzgerald has also taught several classes at Washington State University and University of Idaho, including Behavioral Disorders of Childhood, Principles of Childhood Development, Diagnosis and Case Conceptualization, Comprehensive Stress Management, and Introductory Psychology. He has made professional presentations to
students, parents, teachers, and other mental health professionals on topics that included bullying, aggression in youth, academic anxiety, treatment of autism and Asperger’s, family counseling strategies, parenting strategies, reactive attachment disorder, social skills training in children with autism and social anxiety, and classroom management techniques. Dr. Fitzgerald’s research interests have included disruptive and aggressive behaviors in youth, autism spectrum disorders, and depression.
Jil M. Taylor holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Lewis Clark State College and a Masters degree in Social Work from Boise State University. Ms. Taylor continues to gain knowledge that pertains to her practice with children, young adults, and families through continuing education yearly. Prior to receiving her Master’s degree Ms. Taylor worked as a Developmental Therapist and then furthered her skills with Intensive Behavioral Intervention. Ms. Taylor utilizes cognitive, behavioral, systems, and multi-systemic approaches in order to meet the specific needs of each individual. The focus of Cognitive therapy is on the concept that a person’s thoughts have a large impact on what they feel emotionally. Cognitive therapy focuses on present thinking and behavior, and it works toward finding a solution utilizing more appropriate and functional thoughts. Behavioral therapy is used to modify or replace maladaptive behaviors with more appropriate and functional behaviors. Systems and multi-systemic approaches revolve around environmental factors that contribute to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as the social supports people need to be successful. This approach looks at the complex systems and networks in which the individual interacts, such as peers, work, family, and school, and then works collaboratively with each in order to implement new skills or strategies for success. Ms. Taylor also believes that education is a key part helping others. Ms. Taylor views the therapeutic process as teamwork between the client and herself. Not only does it take time and commitment to attending sessions regularly but also time outside of sessions to implement new skills or strategies to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Paul D. Baker lived a full blue-collar life prior to commencing his post-secondary education at the age of 44. He has two daughters and three grandchildren. He is a veteran of the USMC and was on active duty for four years during the Vietnam War era. Most of his adult life has been spent in observing and trying to understand human interaction, communication discourse, individual behavior, motivation, and how to find cohesion and singular focus in a time when distractions abound. He received his AA from Highline where he, not surprisingly, chose to major in both Communication and Psychology – the fusion of his two passions. While working toward his BA in both fields, he met his wife-to-be, Kelly, working as a librarian at SPU. Graduating from SPU, Summa cum laude in 1999, he applied for graduate school at Washington State University in Pullman in the Education and Counseling Psychology department. On track to receive his doctorate, Paul was accepted at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville for a one-year pre-doctorate internship at this medium security prison. There he counseled, did psychological testing, held group therapy, and worked closely with terminal inmates in a hospice environment within the prison. Following this experience he opted to receive his Masters of Education and join the workforce with his longtime friend and cohort acquaintance, Dr. Jarod Fitzgerald. Throughout Paul’s academic journey, he has worked with youth and struggling individuals looking for congruence and meaning amid highly confusing times. He did practicum and volunteer work at Echo Glen Juvenile Rehabilitation Correctional Center, Snoqualmie, Washington, and Idaho Child & Youth Study Center, Moscow, Idaho, and is now working as a teen counselor focusing on lifestyle integration, empowerment, constructive decision-making, anger management, goal-setting, and self-esteem issues. While Paul considers himself to be Cognitive-Behavioral by training, he believes in a Positive Psychology approach of accountability as the key to wholeness and wellness.