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Background of Vincent Dummer, Psy.D.

As a native of the Netherlands, Vincent Dummer completed his atheneum education in Geleen and went on to the Catholic University in Nijmegen to study psychology. He obtained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1979 with additional specializations in addictive disorders, suicidal behavior, motivation and emotion, delinquent behavior, psychopharma-cology, and administration and internal organization.

His internships were performed at Canisius Hospital in Nijmegen (1976), where he served on a suicide response team, and at the University of Kentucky Medical Center (1977), where he worked under Dr. Maultsby. During his graduate training, he completed psychotherapy training to qualify as a member of the Dutch Society of Behavior Therapy, the Client-Centered Therapy and the Society for Rational Therapy. After graduation, he continued his therapy training with the London Institute of Psychosynthesis, and completed this training in 1983. For the past decade, he has been practicing from a mindfulness informed approach.

His first employment was as a clinical psychologist at the Counseling Center for Alcohol and Drug, Nijmegen, Holland where he worked for four years, offering therapy, assessments, prevention, court evaluations, and administrative functions, while maintaining a small private practice.

In 1983, he emigrated to the USA upon the invitation of the Kentucky Center of Psychosynthesis, where he served as a therapist, trainer and co-director till 1989. Since 1983, he has maintained a private practice on Second Street in Lexington, and has developed specialized experience working with trauma survivors. He was a contract psychologist with Kentucky River Community Care in Hazard (1993-2011), and with Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange (1996-), and Disability Determinations in Frankfort (1995-2009). Currently, he serves as staff psychologist for Appalachian Regional Hospital, providing behavioral health services, in-patient services and staff member of the APA approved internship program.

He is a member of the Kentucky Psychological Association and the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis. He is licensed to practice psychology in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Vincent Dummer, Psy.D. has a holistic approach in his services, recognizing the importance of environment, body, feelings, mind and spirit, as ntegrated components, all contributing to health and happiness. Since 1990, he has been practicing meditation and mindfulness and is a qualified meditation instructor at the Lexington Shambhala and Meditation Center. His research interest involves the measurement of psychological growth in adulthood.