Kenneth Dowling, M.S., is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University near San Francisco, CA.
I have an integrative approach to therapy, weaving together client-centered, CBT, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), compassion-focused, psychodynamic, and relational interventions. Having trained at two previous university counseling centers, my clinical interests include issues common to university students: identity formation, perfectionism, substance abuse, gender/sexual minority issues, religious/spiritual issues, autism, AD(H)D, family of origin, social, and relational/interpersonal issues. I also enjoy group therapy interventions and couples' counseling.
I enjoy working with both LGBTQ students and religious/spiritual-identified students - having just defended my dissertation on the effect of religious identity on internalized homophobia and gay men's behavioral health. I am also interested in working with male-identifed students and neurodiverse students. Having lived in England, Spain, and Taiwan, as well as California and DC, I am fluent in Spanish and conversational in Mandarin, and I enjoy working with Latinx, Asian-American students, and international students. It is important to me to acknowledge my own identities and privilege in working with diverse clients, and to learn more about Iowa and the Midwest! My PhD academic emphases were in LGBT Mental Health and Diversity & Community Mental Health, and I am interested in public policy and advocacy for psychology in general and LGBTQ mental health in particular.
American Psychological Association (APA)
APA Division 44 (Society for Psychological Study of LGBT Issues)
APA Division 36 (Society for Psychology of Religion & Spirituality)
APA Division 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues)