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Brent Potter

Brent Potter


Brent Potter completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Prior to this he earned his M.A. in Psychology from Duquesne University. He lives in Bellingham, Washington where he works as a Child Mental Health Specialist, a County Designated Mental Health Professional, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, April 2005, Pacifica Graduate Institute (4.00 GPA)
M.A. in Psychology, June 1998, Duquesne University (3.88 GPA)
B.A. in Psychology, June 1997, Western Washington University (3.57 GPA)

Work Experience:


Existential Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapy Practice of Brent Potter
Practice focuses on children, families, and persons suffering from chronic mental illness. Approaches to therapy include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Depth Psychology, and Existential-Phenomenology.


Janus Head:
Editorial Board: Janus Head: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Continental Philosophy and Phenomenological Psychology. Reviews manuscripts for suitability to publish and makes recommendations to Chief Editor.


Adjunct Faculty, Western Washington University
Developed and taught curriculum with the Human Services and Rehabilitation Department.


Catholic Community Services Martin Center
Long-Term Secure Residential Treatment Facility Child and Family Psychotherapist: 
Duties included assessment/diagnosis of chronically mentally ill youth, individual/family counseling, coordinating treatment with providers in the community, crisis intervention, discharge planning and maintaining HIPPA compliance with all records.


Sea Mar Visions
Level II Secure Long-Term Youth Residential Treatment Facility
Chemical Dependency Professional Intern:
 Duties included treatment planning, one-one-one/group chemical dependency counseling,  developing and presenting educational lectures, coordinating treatment with providers in the community, crisis intervention, discharge planning and maintaining HIPPA/ASAM compliance with all records. 


Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic
County Designated Mental Health Professional: Duties included evaluating people with mental disorders for possible involuntary commitment to psychiatric facilities according to the mental illness law RCW 71.05, the Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA).


Brigid Collins
Child Psychotherapist: Provided individual and group psychotherapy for child victims of sexual torture and abuse.


Contact Counseling
Chemical Dependency Assessor: Performed chemical dependency assessments, developed treatment plans, and made recommendations to lawyers and District Court Probation.


Western Washington University Counseling Center
Doctoral Intern
Conducted mental health assessments, developed treatment plans, engaged in crisis interventions, and co-facilitated a pilot Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group. Utilized both long-term and solution-focused short-term models in psychotherapy.


Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic
Child Mental Health Specialist, Adult Therapist, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapist, & Case Manager (Clinician III): Assisted the clients in obtaining appropriate community resources, natural supports, and entitlements as identified through a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan, by providing case management to facilitate the arranging of these services and to assist the client in learning the skills necessary to obtain and keep these supports and benefits.
Acted as Primary Clinician for clients, which included the following
a. Development with the consumer of an outcome based treatment plan;
b. Provision of needed treatment services to assigned clients, or authorize client use of other Clinic Services;
d. Assistance to client in management of the authorized treatment benefit (Medicaid or other insurance) to maximize clinical effectiveness and benefit;
e. Development of a discharge plan that insures ongoing safety in the community and maintenance of clinical treatment benefit;
f. Documentation of services, as required, in a timely manner and thorough compliance with APN/Agency and WAC standards.


Northwest Youth Services
Child/Family Therapist & Residential Counselor: Provided crisis intervention and solution-focused short-term therapy for children and teenagers at-risk for being removed from the home by Child Protective Services (CPS). 
Acted as primary counselor for assigned youth which included the following duties:
a. Provided individual and group support to persons served in a residential program; 
b. Taught skills to enhance independence and quality of life. Was responsible to be advocate for several residents; 
c. Assisted in developing, implementing, and documenting individual treatment plans; 
d. Was responsible for a variety of daily tasks with persons served including, rehabilitative interventions, behavioral interventions, scheduled appointments, monitored progress, provided transportation, organized recreational trips and social activities, met with case managers and other related tasks.


Family Reconciliation Services
Child/Family Therapist: Provided crisis intervention and solution-focused short-term therapy for children and teenagers at-risk for being removed from the home by Child Protective Services (CPS).



Comprehending Madness: The Contextualization of Psychopathology in the Work of
     R.D. Laing.
     (4.1 Edition, Spring 2001), in Janus Head: Journal of Phenomenological
Lonely Runner: disorder or life force?
     (2:1, Spring, 2010), in Contemporary Psychotherapy
Demystifying Madness: R.D. Laing and “Hatred of the Unlived Life”
      (15:2, July, 2011), The International Journal of Psychotherapy


Elements of Self-Destruction forthcoming publication by Karnac Books

Honors and Awards:


Psychology National Honor Society (Psi Chi), Western Washington
University Chapter


Pacifica Graduate Institute Scholarship


Half-tuition scholarship (awarded to top 10 applicants), Duquesne


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