“My approach to treatment varies by the needs and issues that clients bring to treatment, but is always grounded in the person-centered principles of authenticity (I will always relate to as I am, and treat you with honesty and forthrightness), positive regard (I will not put my value judgments on you but accept you as you are right now), and empathetic understanding (I will do my best to enter into your worldview and see the world as you do). The techniques that I use will depend on the issues we decide to focus on but will always be designed to increase your psychological well-being and self-awareness. While I may incorporate Cognitive-Behavioral, Trauma focused, narrative, and dynamic/object relations therapy techniques and approaches, my main way of approaching clients is from an existential psychotherapy framework because I feel that much of what clients bring to therapy are reactions to confrontations with the painful “givens” of existence, such as meaning in life, death, choice and responsibility, and isolation. Confrontations with these givens can be painful and scary but, from these confrontations, much growth and self-awareness can be achieved with guidance and nurturance. I see my role as a co-collaborator with you, not as “doctor” to your “patient” role, and I will walk with you through your journey of healing and growth.” – Dr. Dan Tomczyk. Ph.D.
For more than 12 years Dr. Tomczyk has been providing therapeutic care to adults, seniors and veterans. Dr. Tomczyk has extensive experience in treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other traumatic stress reactions due to such experiences as childhood abuse, grief/bereavement, military combat, sexual assault, and domestic violence. He has developed and specialized in a successful treatment modality for trauma and PTSD for adolescents and adults. Additionally, he is experienced in treating depression, anxiety-related disorders, adjustment difficulties, issues unique to older adults, relationship difficulties, life stressors/upheavals, substance abuse, and many other presenting issues.
Dr. Tomczyk’s treatment style is based in client-centered, narrative, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic approaches. He emphasizes a very individualized approach to treatment that appreciates the different and unique experiences, personality traits, and strengths that individuals bring to treatment, and he believes that all people have the ability and strengths to make their life more satisfying.
Dr. Tomczyk works with ages 16+ in our Bellevue and Kirkland offices.
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LICENSURE & TRAINING:
- Clinical Psychologist, PY60620631, State of Washington.
- Clinical Psychologist, PSY34307, State of Texas.
- Specialized training in the treatment of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
- M.S., Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
- B.A., Psychology, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.