Dr. Luis Richter holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State University.
He specializes in Clinical Health Psychology: the application of the science of how biological, psychological, and social factors can interact to improve health outcomes and maximize quality of life. CBT is his primary approach, but he often combines it with existential-based approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Logotherapy. He believes that the body and the mind are inseparable and incorporates biological and health-related considerations to improve the chances of attaining therapy goals.
Dr. Richter was initially drawn to studying the brain, which he saw as the final frontier in medicine. But he preferred working directly with patients over working in a lab. He found that psychology combines both behavioral science and the application of philosophical traditions to help people flourish despite challenges that inevitably appear along life’s various switchbacks and stages.
His father worked as a diplomat for the U.S. State Department, so he grew up in several different countries, including Bolivia, Honduras, France, Egypt, and the United States. As a child he learned that there are many different ways of seeing the world and different understandings of what it means to thrive. As a psychologist he continues to appreciate many different cultures, spiritual traditions, and life paths. He can provide psychotherapy services in either English or Spanish.
Dr. Richter believes that each human is truly unique, experiencing the world in their own way and finding their own path. For him, it is incredibly fulfilling to witness another person find happiness and meaning regardless of where they find themselves in life.
Dr. Richter is grateful to live in the Pacific Northwest. When he isn’t working, Dr. Richter enjoys hiking, running, snowshoeing, swimming, and biking. He is also a diehard bookworm, eating through all types of books.
The Virginia Consortium
Dr. Richter received his Doctor of Psychology degree from The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.
College of William and Mary
Dr. Richter attended College of William and Mary.
Norfolk State University
Dr. Richter attended Norfolk State University.
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