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Douglas Rugh, PhD About Me

My work has not been restricted to the United States. I have lived in Europe, Asia, and Africa, which has given me consulting opportunities in a range of settings, including universities, government bureaucracies, international organizations, embassies, World Bank, international schools, and UN. Many of the people I counseled came from active duty and hardship posts in Afghanistan and Iraq. I have seen first-hand tremendous changes in lives and relationships, and this experience gives me hope in individual transformation.

New Orleans a day after Hurricane Katrina

I was clinically trained at St. Luke’s in Miami where I worked my up to be clinical director, and my background includes ingredients you might not expect. For example, I was on a government task force after Hurricane Katrina, and as a trauma specialist, I am called to plane crashes, hostage situations, and shootings where I see people at their worst. I sit on review boards of multiple academic journals, and I teach masters-level courses in behavior, statistics, communications, and human development.

I believe in life-long learning, self exploration, and experiential training throughout different stages of my life.

  • 750-hour, five-times-a-week mindfulness and meditation training during Naropa's residency program in Nepal and India
  • One and half years of analysis with Fred Fleischer, a Jungian analyst
  • Four-year supervisory mentorship with Dr. Andrew Cherry (cognitive behaviorist)
  • Three years of Ashtonga yoga with Richard Freeman
  • Four years of academic research with Drs. Chris Rice and Fred Newman
  • Two years with Mary Naden studying the Alexander technique
  • Two years of classical acting at the Shakespeare theater
  • One year specialized training within the federal government
  • Continual personal therapy and supervision

I have participated in numerous briefer stints with therapists from a variety of disciplines, including behavioral therapy, coaching, marital-couples work, an ongoing leaderless mindfulness group, including a marathon weekend wearing a mask.

Two aspects of my experience

First, the diversity of approaches incorporating both the mind and the body. It is important for me to avoid sectarianism and to gain an appreciation of the strengths of all the varying therapeutic approaches. I believe that there is no better way to learn than with experiential training. Hence, I have considered a period of discomfort in my life as an educational opportunity to explore what various techniques offer. Secondly, I have participated in experiential training at many different stages of my life. I have had a series of mentors and I continue participating in professional supervision and my own personal therapy.

I volunteer time on non-profit boards related to health and educational initiatives, and assists academic journals and other publications with writing and review. I believe it's important to capture lessons-learned for recognizing the needed components for a high probability of success.

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