Daniel Fry, Ph.D.
Life can certainly be challenging and many of us can occasionally benefit from the help of a trained professional when life gets the better of us. I would love to be the trained professional you trust to help you navigate your current life challenges. My name is Daniel Fry and I grew up in Germany, as the son of an Army Officer. After turning 18 I joined the Marine Corps and set out on an adventure that forever changed my life. One of the ways in which my life changed was a deeper appreciation for loved ones, finding joy in all life circumstances, and relying on the people around us to overcome life’s most difficult challenges. These beliefs led me to study psychology for my undergraduate degree at San Diego State University and complete my doctorate at Auburn University. During my graduate training I had the pleasure of working in a variety of settings, including a college counseling center, Veteran’s Affairs hospital, county jail, and federal prison. I have experience providing individual therapy, group therapy, and couples counseling.
I also have considerable experience completing psychological assessments. This is actually one of my biggest interests at work. My assessment experience has included psychoeducational assessments (learning disabilities, ADHD evaluations) and psychodiagnostic evaluations (trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, etc.). The assessments were often completed to aid other treatment providers (i.e., psychiatrists, psychologists, professors, etc.) in creating comprehensive plans to address symptoms and ensure success. Many of my students and clients have reported that the assessments changed the course of their lives by helping them identify growth areas and tools to address those areas.
Another part of my experience that I have truly enjoyed is providing academic coaching to young adult students. In similar ways to my assessment experience, I have had the distinct pleasure of witnessing how much students’ careers and personal lives improved alongside their academic success. Our present culture and economy place such value on academic and professional success, that these areas in our lives can often cause considerable pressure/stress and that sometimes bleeds into our personal lives.
My professional and personal life experiences have helped me appreciate the importance of treating each person holistically. That is, I believe in the importance of personal, professional, spiritual, academic, and relational growth. Furthermore, I view each person as genuinely capable of and wanting to be “better” (with that carrying a different meaning for each person and situation). People don’t come to counseling because there is something wrong with them. Rather, there are obstacles in the way of their improvement and progress toward goals. My job as a psychologist is to collaboratively help you identify these obstacles and provide support along the way as you overcome them.