Henry J. Perkins, Ph.D.

Henry J. Perkins, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist & Coordinator of the Stress Management Clinic

Staff Psychologist & Coordinator of the Stress Management Clinic

Contact

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Special Interests

Minority mental health issues, couples therapy, health psychology, anxiety disorders, depression.

Bio

  • B.A.: Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • M.Ed.: Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • Ph.D.: Northwestern University, Counseling Psychology
  • Internship: Health Psychology, Cook County Hospital

Background

My theoretical orientation has evolved over time from an initial humanistic-psychodynamic view to my current perspective which includes an appreciation for short-term, symptom focused interventions. Like many other practitioners, I have come to increasingly rely upon CBT-based empirically supported treatment approaches in my work with anxious and depressed clients. While the utility of symptom focused treatments has become well established, I have not lost sight of the importance of the therapeutic relationship as the vehicle through which these interventions are delivered.

I am interested in Health Psychology with particular emphasis on Mind-Body approaches for stress management and wellness. I am especially interested in current advances in the areas of neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry as they relate to the concept of neuro-plasticity-the brain’s capacity to alter itself based on experience.

I take a developmental approach to supervision in which I encourage my supervisee to consider the supervisory relationship as a co-creation that is equally meaningful for both parties. A part of my responsibility involves facilitating an optimal balance of safety and challenge in the supervisory relationship that will promote learning and growth. Supervision is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my work at CAPS.