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William Spears

Staff Psychologist

Counseling and Psychological Services
Student Affairs

585-475-6587
Office Hours
8:30am-4:30pm
Office Location

William Spears

Staff Psychologist

Counseling and Psychological Services
Student Affairs

Bio

I have benefited from the opportunity to develop my clinical skills in a variety of treatment settings, including community mental agencies, VA hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and college counseling centers. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Rochester and began working at RIT’s Counseling and Psychological Services in July 2016. 

As a result of my clinical experiences, I have been able to provide individual and group psychotherapy to address a broad spectrum of mental health concerns with diverse groups of students and clients. Moreover, I have repeatedly felt privileged to witness the courage and resilience of the students I have worked with as they stretch and grow, and ultimately heal, through their participation in therapy. 

In my work, I use an integrated approach that blends psychodynamic, relational, existential, cognitive-behavioral, and emotional-focused perspectives. I believe that such an approach is essential to fully taking into account the unique needs and characteristics of my students/clients. Consistent with this treatment orientation, I believe that we are molded by early childhood dynamics. Our early relationships, traumas, and unresolved developmental concerns shape our belief system, how we handle our emotionality, and our current interpersonal functioning.  Furthermore, in attempting to know my students/clients, I am interested in learning about their diverse cultural backgrounds, the personal meaning they ascribe to these identities, and their relationship to current struggles (i.e., how they may contribute to current concerns and/or promote recovery). 

585-475-6587