I practice psychology with the guiding principles of respect for individual differences and diversity, honesty and integrity, and a commitment to producing results. To do this, it is necessary to use a combination of techniques and strategies, rather than sticking to just one way of doing therapy. For example, the fellowships of AA and NA work great for many people, but for others, they find their recovery somewhere else.
By incorporating elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic theory, relational psychology, and motivational interviewing into the therapy, I can work effectively with a wide range of people and problems. I have found that a willingness to be flexible usually leads to progress.
Professionally, I have spent more than a decade working with people to help them realize change. In addition to a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I also completed a Master’s Degree in Human Sexuality. I have worked extensively in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as conducted published research on the entertainment industry. Although many of my patients are struggling with issues related to addiction, and/or sexuality, I also see many people who have other types of concerns.
In addition to my Durham practice, I also work with people over the Internet, and by telephone. My teletherapy practice enables me to work with people who cannot come to my office, as well as people who prefer the flexibility that Internet therapy and the telephone offers.
Some of my mobile therapy work is also done through Lipton Health, where I am the Director of Coaching and Psychological Services. I have guest lectured at universities in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and serve as a consultant to other practicing psychologists. I am also a National Registered Health Service Provider in Psychology.
What Others Are Saying
"Having worked with Dr Dennis for a number of years, I can say without reservation that I would entrust any of my loved ones to his wise and compassionate care. Strong in intelligence, clinical judgement and ethical awareness, flavored with interpersonal wit, flexibility and open-mindedness, he is a gifted and talented clinician who achieves impressive results with those individuals he treats. Dr Dennis is a credit to the field and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from him."
-Beverly Cutler, Ph.D.
"Dr. Dennis' thorough understanding of addiction, coupled with his non-judgmental and empathetic approach, make him a gifted clinician and true ally for individuals struggling with addictive behaviors."
-Elizabeth Frantz, Psy.D.
"As a psychologist, I know how important it is to feel comfortable with the therapist you choose for treatment. With Dr. Dennis, you will not only find a skilled and knowledgeable psychologist, you will also find a person who is genuine, down to earth, and easy to talk to. I highly recommend him!"
-Ann McDonald, Psy.D.
"Dr. Dennis is a rare breed of psychologist who specializes in treating addiction and the often times complicated dance it goes through with mental health concerns. He is one of my most trusted colleagues and, as I myself treat addiction, a sounding board for complicated cases. Throughout the 10 years I've known him, I've found his professionalism only to be matched by the compassion he shows his patients. No matter what the concern or crisis, his warmth, patience, and empathy has been both valued and appreciated by patients and colleagues alike. Treating addiction is a notoriously challenging and complicated journey. Without hesitation, I recommend Dr. Dennis as someone whom you might want to walk with--for a time-- along the way."
-Chad Coren, PsyD, CAACD Licensed Psychologist Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor