In this episode of The Optimized Mind, Dr. Kate talks with Dr. Chris McCurry a well-known child psychologist of 30 years in Seattle. The discussion focuses on the evolution of Dr. Chris’ career and the lessons embedded within this journey. Dr. Kate and Dr. Chris cover topics related to resilience, coping and the impact of COVID-19 on kids and families over the past several years. Dr. Chris makes an important distinction between conditions and problems and how sometimes accepting what is can be a powerful catalyst in moving through and beyond challenging situations.
Chris McCurry, Ph.D. is a now-retired clinical child psychologist in Seattle, Washington. He received a masters in developmental psychology from San Francisco State University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied with acceptance and commitment therapy cofounder Steve Hayes.
Chris has published several books, including Parenting your anxious child with mindfulness and acceptance (New Harbinger, 2009), Working with parents of anxious children (W.W. Norton, 2015), and The mindfulness and acceptance workbook for teen anxiety, with Sheri Turrell and Mary Bell (New Harbinger, 2018). Over the years he has given close to a hundred workshops and lectures to professional and lay audiences, nationally and internationally.
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