Tyson Davis, Psy.D.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in work with adults and couples. I received my Master's and Doctorate from Biola University, and I am currently pursuing psychoanalytic training as a candidate at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia (IRPP). I work from a relational psychoanalytic perspective, which means I see the quality of one's relationships as the means through which ultimate transformation, healing, and restoration may be achieved. Because our wounds developed in the context of relationships, I believe genuine healing only occurs by thoroughly exploring all the nuances characterizing our relationships. Before we can fully understand the present, we often need to spend time exploring our earliest experiences in the world and across our development in order to understand all the hurts and joys that have culminated to shape our current experience in the world.
With each of my clients, I try to develop a deeply meaningful relationship that is marked by openness, authenticity, and genuine curiosity. I believe it is only within an open and accepting relationship with another that we can begin to experience ourselves and our relationships in a new and healing way. My approach to therapy involves helping people better understand their unique histories, clarifying the ways they have learned to be in the world, and discovering the ways their experiences of themselves and others may be altered and expanded to achieve a greater sense of wholeness and fulfillment. For more information about psychodynamic therapy, check out this Introduction to Psychodynamic Therapy.
My special areas of interest include working with adults and couples struggling with a variety of concerns including entrenched relational patterns, communication problems, emotional issues, identity problems, concerns with sexuality, a history of trauma, grief and loss, and boundary difficulties. Please check out my blog posts to find out more about how I work.
In addition to private practice, I have worked in university counseling centers, private community mental health centers, and nonprofit community mental health clinics. I have also taught Introduction to Psychology as an adjunct professor and have assisted in teaching courses on personality theory and assessment. I have a special interest in the study of personality development, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, personality assessment, and the integration between psychology and theology.