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Dr. Tom Dorsel's Clinical Psychology Practice
Clinical Psychology Practice of Dr. Tom Dorsel
This page provides a brief description of the background and experience of Dr. Tom Dorsel
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 led to his
receiving the Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1974 with an emphasis on applied-experimental psychology.
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.
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.
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
, Journal of Pediatric Psychology
, The American Journal of Hospice Care
, and the American Psychologist.
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.
Dr. Dorsel continues to teach in the Graduate Program at Francis Marion University, having stepped down as Director a few years ago.
is coordinating the clinical internship which was initiated during his
tenure as Director of the Program.
off-campus clinical work is now reserved exclusively for his
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.
Dr. Tom Dorsel's Procedure for Referrals
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The clinical psychology practice of Dr. Tom Dorsel
is devoted to both brief and long-term psychotherapy for individuals and families.
HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Simply call 843-618-4653, and the call will go directly to Dr. Dorsel
or to his
If the voice mail is reached, please leave a message (name and phone number is enough) and the call will be returned personally by Dr. Dorsel
as soon as possible.
Thomas N. Dorsel, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Francis Marion University.
He obtained his degrees in psychology from the Universities of Notre Dame, Kentucky, and New Mexico, and received post-doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center.
professional career, he
has published 25 journal articles and presented 27 papers at state, regional and national conventions.
Dr. Dorsel is a past President of the South Carolina Psychological Association.
is married and the father of five children.
Brief Biosketch of Dr. Tom Dorsel
Brief Biosketch of Dr. Tom Dorsel
Dr. Tom Dorsel is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC.
A former President of the South Carolina Psychological Association , he received B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the Universities of Notre Dame, Kentucky, and New Mexico , respectively.
also completed post-doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of California, Davis
, Medical Center.
A university professor for 34 years, Dr. Dorsel
has produced more than 50 publications and convention presentations in the areas of experimental, educational, clinical, health, and sport psychology.
Widely recognized for his contributions to the field of sport psychology, Dr. Dorsel has been a Sport Psychology Consultant and Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame where he worked with over a dozen NCAA Div.
Of particular note is his
work with golfers throughout the past 30 years, which has brought him special recognition from GOLF Magazine
as one of golf's leading sport psychologists; and by the International Network of Golf, which awarded him the top prize for instructional writing in 2004.
Information about individual consultation and speaking engagements, as well as Dr. Dorsel's
three books, GOLF: The Mental Game, the PUTTING MACHINE , and THE COMPLETE GOLFER: Physical Skill and Mental Toughness , can be obtained by calling Serious Sports
at 843-618-4653 or by visiting www.serious-sports.com.
For more complete information on the credentials of Dr. Tom Dorsel, click on any of the following:
MarkeTech Information Services
Well-known sports psychologist, Dr. Tom Dorsel, takes readers from their very first thoughts about playing golf, through the basics of the game and the complexities of competition, intertwining both the physical and psychological.
Along the way he shows how to build confidence, break out of a slump, cope with troublesome personality styles and use imagery and visualization techniques.
Dr. Dorsel is a licensed clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychology at Francis Marion University in Florence SC and president of the SC Psychological Assoc. Listed by GOLF Magazine as one of fourteen prominent golf psychologists in the country, he has written for GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest, Golf Illustrated and GOLFWEEK, with appearances on ESPN's "Inside the PGA Tour."
GOLF: The Mental Game, by psychology ...
GOLF: The Mental Game, by psychology professor Tom Dorsel provides a new perspective for the mental aspect of the game of golf.
Dr. Tom Dorsel, professor emeritus at Francis Marion University, recently released his third book titled GOLF: The Mental Game.
The book is the culmination of 12 years of columns written by Dorsel
for Golf Illustrated.
It was released in April, 2008, by Cumberland House Publishers
in Nashville, Tenn.(now owned by Sourcebooks: Naperville, IL), and has been attracting national attention on talk shows and in the print media.
It was the book of the month on Tee to Green Radio out of Colorado Springs, the longest-running golf talk radio show in the country, and is a candidate for the United States Golf Association's
book of the year.
Prior to joining the psychology faculty at Francis Marion in 1986, Dorsel taught for 12 years at Western Carolina University.
He earned degrees from the Universities of Notre Dame, Kentucky, and New Mexico, and completed a post-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the University of California at Davis Medical Center.
He is a past president of the South Carolina Psychological Association.
A sport psychology columnist for Golf Illustrated, Dorsel has published more than 100 sport psychology articles in various publications.
e has authored two previous books (The Complete Golfer: Physical Skill and Mental Toughness and the Putting Machine) and made numerous television appearances.
e is also an accomplished golfer himself having played in tournaments at the state and national level during his
According to Dorsel
, the best aspect of GOLF: The Mental Game is that its content is organized logically and the themes presented in the book are easy to find."It's comprehensive, organized around certain themes, and also flexible in that you can jump in wherever you want."
Each lesson, as the brief chapters are called, was once an independent article written for Golf Illustrated
."Each lesson had to stand on its own when it was originally written and be useful and practical for the magazine-reading audience, and nothing about that has changed," he
articles are now simply organized around the themes of golfers thinking their way around the course, controlling their emotions, and producing effective action.
"Another strength of the book is its immediate usefulness," Dorsel
"Drills and strategies are provided that you can immediately take to the course and apply."
Dorsel said that he drew on time-tested, traditional principles of the science of psychology, and presented the lessons in a conversational tone that makes these principles easily understandable and useful for the average golfer."There is no pop-psychology gimmickry here - just a sound blueprint for working on the mental side of the game as hard as you work on the physical side," he said.