Clinical Psychology Practice of Dr. Tom Dorsel

This page provides a brief description of the background and experience of Dr. Tom Dorsel regarding his practice of clinical and health psychology.  Scroll down this page for a brief narrative description of the career phases listed below, as well as for links at the bottom of the page describing Dr. Dorsel's current clinical practice.

Pre-doctoral Training

    Dr. Dorsel's pre-doctoral training led to his receiving the Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1974 with an emphasis on applied-experimental psychology.  He was particularly interested in learning theory as it applied to matters of education, development, health, sports, clinical and social issues.  This work culminated in his taking a position at Western Carolina University where he served on the faculty for 12 years.

Post-doctoral Training

    Midway through his tenure at Western Carolina University, Dr. Dorsel returned to graduate school for post-doctoral work in clinical psychology.  This work included one year of clinical course work as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the APA-approved clinical program of the University of New Mexico, followed by an APA-approved clinical internship at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, CA.

Early Career Practice

    Subsequently, Dr. Dorsel returned to full-time teaching at Western Carolina University where he now taught a course in psychotherapy as well as beginning a part-time private practice of clinical psychology in Sylva, NC. He also developed an employee-assistance program for C.J. Harris Hospital, and later extended his clinical work to Asheville, NC, where he served as a part-time staff psychologist for Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital.

Later Career Practice

    Four years later, Dr. Dorsel left Western Carolina University for Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, where he became Director of Clinical Psychology in the Graduate Program.  In addition to teaching individual, group, and family psychotherapy at the University, he served as Director of Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine for Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital and also continued with his part-time private practice, now in Florence.
    During this period, Dr. Dorsel served two terms as President of the South Carolina Psychological Association.  His publications in clinical and health psychology can be found in such journals as Behavior Therapy, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Health Psychology, Psychology and Health, Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, The American Journal of Hospice Care, and the American Psychologist.  He has also presented on several occasions before the American Psychological Association as well as before regional and state associations.  For details on publications and presentations, click on resumé at the bottom of this page.

Current Practice

    Dr. Dorsel continues to teach in the Graduate Program at Francis Marion University, having stepped down as Director a few years ago.  Presently he is coordinating the clinical internship which was initiated during his tenure as Director of the Program.  His off-campus clinical work is now reserved exclusively for his private practice.  Click at the bottom of the page for (1) the types of therapy Dr. Dorsel offers, (2) information about appointments and fees, (3) procedure for referrals, and (4) information about group consultation and seminars.

How to Contact

   For private clinical consultation, Dr. Dorsel can be reached at 843-618-4653.

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