Julie Cradock O'Leary, Ph.D.

Julie Cradock O'Leary, Ph.D.

Julie Cradock O'Leary, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Alaska #513


"I believe we are created whole, and through experiences of shame, hurt, abuse, and relational problems, we become distant from who we are. The process of psychotherapy is one that helps reconnect and restore people to who they are. This endeavor usually involves tapping into the aspects of ourselves of which we are unaware, or uncomfortable accessing. Despite such discomfort, psychotherapy is a very worthwhile and life-giving journey."

Education:

B.A., double major in Psychology and Theology - King's College
M.A., Psychology - Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology
M.A., Theology - Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology - Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology

While some therapists trained in both psychology and religion directly introduce prayer and faith issues into therapy, I do not. Rather, I utilize my training and knowledge to create a whole-person sense of an individual. I am curious about, and respectful of, each person's faith or lack thereof as it relates to his or her sense of self, others, morality, mortality, etc. I believe that most people project their past, their hopes, and their feelings onto almost everything, including their God. I view my job as helping people untangle and better understand the dynamics at work within all relationships, human and spiritual.

Specialties

  • Individual psychodynamic & insight-oriented therapy for adults and adolescents
  • Child play therapy
  • Adult, adolescent and child victims of abuse and neglect
  • Shame and low self esteem
  • Relational difficulties in adulthood and adolescence
  • Child psychological testing and assessment

Research

My primary clinical and research specialty is shame. Shame can be generally defined as feeling bad about who you are, as opposed to feeling bad about something you did or did not do (guilt). Shame is an invasive and far-reaching sense of defectiveness that can eat away at personal, professional, and spiritual relationships. Nancy Thurston, Psy.D. and I are co-authors of a projective measure of shame, the Thurston Cradock Test of Shame (TCTS), which is published by Western Psychological Services. I have also conducted research in the area of evaluating and improving the quality of medical, psychiatric and psychological care. More information on my publications, presentations, and availability for speaking engagements is available upon request.

Links

Thurston Cradock Test of Shame

 

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