I am a clinical psychologist with over 27 years of experience as a therapist. My approach to therapy is to try to understand my clients and their world views so I can help them reach their goals. I strive to help clients identify and overcome the obstacles they struggle with. Therapy is a personal journey that requires courage, motivation, and purpose. My goal is to help clients who are ready and willing to undertake this journey into self-discovery.
I assure all clients that I will be fully committed to their recovery, personal growth, and self-awareness. I am experienced in working with a range of problems, including inner turmoil, recurring interpersonal problems, problems with intimacy, inner conflicts, anxiety and emotional distress. I enjoy the challenges of helping clients face the fears and hurdles that prevent them from achieving their goals in life. I am also experienced in conducting psychological evaluations for various purposes.
Dr. Richard D. McAnulty earned his doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in 1990. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisiana-Monroe (1982). He resides in Charlotte with his wife and children. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UNC-Charlotte, where he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses since 1990.
Mission statements – He subscribes to the best ethical and professional practice guidelines of the American Psychological Association. He keeps up with the latest research evidence on effective therapies.
Licensure – Dr. McAnulty is licensed to practice clinical psychology in North Carolina. His license number is 1766. License status and verification is available at NC Psychology Board
He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Behavioral Medicine.
Not only is psychotherapy widely practiced, it is effective: Those who receive psychotherapy achieve much better outcomes than they would have had they not received psychotherapy. Effective psychotherapists have good social skills, form a strong therapeutic alliance with clients, instill hope and optimism, are empathic and caring, and non-judgmental. They are self-aware, appreciate diversity, and are continually working on self-improvement.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most universal painful emotions. We have all had some experience with these feelings. Therapy is proven to help people learn to manage these difficult emotions.
Traumatic events can be life changing, for better or worse. Several therapeutic techniques have proven useful in helping people negotiate the painful memories that follow traumatic experiences. Trauma need not be life-changing in a negative way; trauma survivors can discover not only how to survive trauma, but how to grow from tragic experiences.
Relationships provide the flavor in our lives. They are both the most meaningful experiences that we can have, but they can also be difficult and complicated. All relationships require adjustments at times. Communication problems and hurt feelings are among the most common relationship difficulties. Couples therapy involves communication training, problem-solving, and training in negotiation skills, among other skills.
I provide the following services:
1. Individual Psychotherapy
2. Couples Counseling
3. Psychological Evaluations
4. Forensic Evaluations
5. Online therapy or telepsychotherapy (via Skype or FaceTime)
I have published several books on relationships and human sexuality. My published research focuses mostly on intimacy, sexuality, and related problems.