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About Dr. Keddy
Professional and Educational Background

I began working in the field in 1976 when I volunteered at the Crisis Unit in the Toronto East General Hospital Emergency Room. 

Earlier that same year I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Philosophy and Psychology at Trinity College, the University of Toronto.

I was drawn to the California School of Professional Psychology, SF Bay Area, by the opportunities for varied field experience and for the range of psychotherapy models taught. The professors were practicing psychologists. I was delighted to learn that the world-renowned existential psychologist, Dr. Rollo May, was affiliated with the San Francisco campus and subsequently had the opportunity to study with him. I earned my Ph.D. at CSPP in 1983.

(CSPP was the first and is one of the largest of the professional schools of psychology in the United States. CSPP is now part of Alliant University, having combined with US International University of San Diego. There are campuses in Los Angeles and Fresno as well. For more information on CSPP, you can go to www.alliant.edu/cspp/.)

Philosophy of Psychotherapy

I believe that the central task of the psychotherapist is to listen. I listen actively and respond so that a person is better able to "hear" him or herself. By this I mean hearing not only aspects of conflict that might be out of awareness, but hidden hopes and aspirations that have yet to be realized. Some clients find working with dreams to be very beneficial and I have a special interest in dream work too.

I approach psychotherapy in a collaborative spirit, as a partner with the person in therapy.

When people are able to experience the full range of their thoughts and feelings, they will often find meaning and direction within themselves. The purpose of psychotherapy is greater freedom. Not just freedom from anxiety or depression, for example, but freedom to pursue higher purposes, an enlarged sense of possibilities in life. I accompany people as they journey towards that self-realization.

Curriculum Vitae

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California State Psychology License - February 1985

Ph.D. in Professional/Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Berkeley/Alameda, 1983.

Non-degree student in undergraduate psychology, York University, Downsview, Ontario, Canada, 1976-1977.

B.A. in Psychology, English Literature, and Philosophy, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1976.

High School Graduation, Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, 1972.

1987-present: Private Practice. Psychotherapy with adults, couples, and older adolescents. Psychological testing/personality assessment/forensics.

1990-2001: Staff psychologist, Chemical Dependency Services Adult Outpatient Program, Kaiser Permanente, Walnut Creek. Led outpatient groups for people in Early Recovery, Long-Term Treatment, and for Adult-Children of Alcoholics/Codependents. Member of training and supervisory staff since first year there and Director of Training for several years. (half-time position, 20 hours per week).

1984-1987: Staff psychologist, Director of Assessment Program and Intern Supervisor, House of Affirmation, Montara, CA. Individual and group psychotherapy in a residential therapeutic community for Catholic Clergy and Religious (priests, sisters, and brothers.) Coordinated assessment program and did psychological testing. (40 hours per week.)

1983-1984: Post-Doctoral Intern, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco. Co-led outpatient groups for adults in Early Recovery and Long-Term Treatment. Conducted intake interviews and hospital consultations.

1981-1983: Doctoral-level Psychology Intern, Outpatient Psychiatry Department, Children's Hospital and Adult Medical Center, San Francisco. Training in psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, and children. Case conferences at Mt. Zion Hospital and the S.F. Psychoanalytic Institute.

1979-1981: Doctoral and Master's Level Psychology Intern, Marin Community Mental Health Center, Mill Valley, CA. Individual psychotherapy.

1978-1979: Master's Level Psychology Intern, Sunset Day Treatment Center, San Francisco Community Mental Health. Individual therapy, group therapy, and psychological assessment with severely disturbed adults, many discharged from Napa State Hospital.

1978: Master's Level Intern: Diabasis House, San Francisco, a Jungian-oriented residential alternative to hospitalization for acutely psychotic young adults. Individual and milieu therapy in a home environment. 

1976-1977: Mental Health Crisis Volunteer Worker, Emergency Room, Toronto East General Hospital.

Keddy, P. (2011). My experience with psychotherapy, existential analysis, and Jungian analysis: Rollo May and beyond. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, Vol. 67 (8), 806-817. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20820

Keddy, Philip and Erdberg, Philip (2010). Changes in the Rorschach and MMPI-2 After Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): A Collaborative Assessment Case Study. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92: 4, 279— 295. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2010.481982

Keddy, P.J. and Piotrowski, C. (1992). Testing in psychotherapy practice: Literature review, survey and commentary. The Journal of Training and Practice in Professional Psychology, 6, (1), 30-39.

Keddy, P.J., Erdberg, P. and Sammon, S.D. (1990) The psychological assessment of Catholic Clergy and Religious Referred for Residential Treatment. Pastoral Psychology, 38 (3). 147-159.

This article appeared again in Francis, L.J., & Jones, S.H. (Eds.). (1997) Psychological Perspectives on Christian Ministry: A Reader (Christian Perspectives) Herefordshire, England: Gracewing.)
2011-2012: Adjunct Faculty, Wright Institute Graduate School of Psychology, 2728 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704. Course taught is Adult Assessment.

1998-Present: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology (Master's Program), Golden Gate University, 536 Mission Street, San Francisco. Course taught is on Chemical Dependency, an Introduction to Understanding and Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems.

Member, American Psychological Association, Divisions 32 (Humanistic Psychology), 42 (Independent Practice), 50 (Addictions) and 51(Study of Men and Masculinity.)

Member, Society for Personality Assessment.

Current Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders from the American Psychological Association's College of Professional Psychology. This is a uniform credential offered to licensed psychologists who qualify. For further information, see www.apa.org/college or e-mail [email protected]. Original certification was June 1996 and renewal is required every three years.
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