Often people decide to start seeing a therapist because they have had enough. Enough anxiety, enough depression, enough obsessive thinking, and enough suffering. Most have tried to work through things alone, and that hasn’t solved the problem. They wonder, “Will I ever feel like myself again?” Most people are frustrated and tired when they finally sit down and decide, “Today is the day I am going to call someone.” Likewise, when a person reaches out to get help for a spouse or a child, it is because they have tried everything to make things better, and it feels like nothing worked.
As difficult as things feel right now, it doesn’t have to stay this way. You can get better. This situation can become part of your history, instead of dominating your present.
What I Do
I am a clinical psychologist providing therapy to individuals, couples and families in the Triangle area of North Carolina, including Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and Chapel Hill. I also provide teletherapy services to people who are too far away, or prefer non-office based treatment. I treat a wide variety of clinical disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and personality disorders. However, I specialize in the treatment of addiction to drugs, alcohol, and sexually compulsive behaviors better known as “sex addiction.” The reason I don’t prefer that term is because it oversimplifies both the subjective experience and the symptoms. For example, overuse of pornography, or countless hours spent browsing single’s ads online doesn’t necessarily involve sex, but it can be compulsive. You can read more about sexual compulsion here.
I am frequently asked if I am only an addiction therapist. The answer is no, I see all types of people with all types of issues. If I feel like I am not able to help you, I will tell you up front, and I will help you find someone who is a good fit for you.
How I am Different
There are many good therapists in the Raleigh/Durham area. The are many fewer who specialize in addiction, and fewer still who specialize in sexual compulsivity. However, the most important difference, is the way I practice. I believe that you should get a return on your investment when working with a therapist. You are paying me to help you, and I take that mandate seriously. Because of that, I use a variety of different evidence-based approaches to help you achieve results. I also believe in being an active participant in the therapeutic process. The relationship has been shown to be one of the most important factors in successful therapy, and a strong relationship comes about when both people are working hard.
In My Own Words
I understand how daunting it is to pick a therapist. Looking over a list of names tells you nothing, and reading a short description does little more. Letting you hear me talk briefly about some topics is an imperfect solution, but at least it will help you get a better sense of who I am, and how we could work together.
How Therapy Helps:
Am I Addicted?
What Others Are Saying...
"Having worked with Dr Dennis for a number of years, I can say without reservation that I would entrust any of my loved ones to his wise and compassionate care. Strong in intelligence, clinical judgement and ethical awareness, flavored with interpersonal wit, flexibility and open-mindedness, he is a gifted and talented clinician who achieves impressive results with those individuals he treats. Dr Dennis is a credit to the field and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from him."
-Beverly Cutler, Ph.D.
"Dr. Dennis' thorough understanding of addiction, coupled with his non-judgmental and empathetic approach, make him a gifted clinician and true ally for individuals struggling with addictive behaviors."
-Elizabeth Frantz, Psy.D.
"As a psychologist, I know how important it is to feel comfortable with the therapist you choose for treatment. With Dr. Dennis, you will not only find a skilled and knowledgeable psychologist, you will also find a person who is genuine, down to earth, and easy to talk to. I highly recommend him!"
-Ann McDonald, Psy.D.