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Dennis Patton, LMFT

Dennis Patton, LMFT

He/him

Licensed in CA #120269
Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross
My clinical skills are based on compassion, autonomy, acceptance, and validation.

My Therapy Style

I am a down-to-earth person. I provide unconditional positive regard and validate how downright difficult life can be. My clinical skills are based on compassion, autonomy, acceptance, and validation. I also share clinical research and science-based psychoeducation in an understandable way to guide clients in increasing their mental well-being quickly. I teach tangible skills from a proven method and guide clients into understanding their emotions in relationship to their thoughts and behaviors and to feel back in control again. I build trust and rapport and am just a real person passionate about helping people manage uncertainty.

Education & Training

MS - Clinical Psychology, Bethany University

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I am passionate when it comes to tangibly helping people. It is why I exist.

What are your interests outside of work?

I am an avid mountain biker, I lift weights, and I play slow-pitch softball.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I exercise and eat as well as possible, but do have a sweet tooth. I talk to God continually asking for help and strength.

What book have you read more than once?

Viktor Frankl's, Man's Search for Meaning, because Viktor beautifully expresses his story of how suffering has meaning and the power of hope.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

It's not an organization, but it is the 12 Steps Alcoholics Anonymous because it is the world's foremost authority on recovery and the principles are ageless and priceless and guide people and families into wholeness.

How do you recharge?

Sleep, prayer, exercise, and being with my community.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have five pets and they mean the world to me, two little dogs, a Maltese and Shih Tzu mix named Buddy, and a Chihuahua mutt of some kind named Carly that we rescued (they are pals). I also have three cats, one is outdoors and her name is Luna, she is the mountain queen, and two other cats, brothers, Chubba and Jonny, we unsuccessfully tried to keep indoors. Both my dogs are tiny and we live in the mountains. All day they guard the house from squirrels even though the squirrels are not a problem. They have never caught a squirrel, but they are committed to keeping our family safe by day-long peering out the windows or running and barking down the street at squirrels even though they are nowhere to be seen.