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Richard “Scott” Turner


Therapy is an opportunity for tremendous growth experienced alongside a trained, experienced professional who seeks to nourish and inspire the best in you. While the challenges involved in the process are considerable, people can and do change elements in their life that cause them grief, suffering, anxiety, and discomfort. While it is natural to fear a process wherein you expose some of your innermost thoughts and fears, the benefits of such a process include relief from symptoms, affirmation of your worth and value, the development of skills that will benefit you across all areas of daily life, and even personal transformations.

To that end, Scott serves as a guide, a partner, a confidant, and a source of support providing unconditional positive regard and non-judgment. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#100307) currently practicing at WAVE Therapy’s Oceanside location. He obtained his Bachelors in English from Northern Illinois University in 2008. He earned his Masters in counseling psychology from National University in 2014, and obtained licensure in 2017. During the nine years Scott has practiced, he has worked with adults treating mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and adjustment disorders; substance abuse disorders; and chronic mental health issues including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders, and personality disorders. Scott also has eight years of experience working with children and adolescents treating mood disorders, providing interventions with behavioral disorders, and supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Scott utilizes an array of approaches, including interventions and techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, EMDR, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and meditation, and family systems modalities. Scott recognizes that no one treatment modality or intervention has one-size-fits-all utility, and so he tailors his approach and his interventions to the needs and preferences of the individual. To that end, Scott places the highest priority in developing a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship that will give his clients the confidence and support needed to successfully make the changes they seek in their lives. And since a good laugh never hurt anybody, Scott also introduces humor whenever appropriate to bring levity and, yes, even a bit of joy to the therapeutic endeavor.