Dr. Quarto

This is the place where a lot of people list their credentials and experiences in hopes of “wow-ing” visitors of their websites. Although I’ve done a lot of things in my 25+ years of practice as a psychologist and am proud of my accomplishments, I want you to know who I am as a person first because isn’t that the main thing you want to know about when you’re considering whether or not to entrust your mental health to a stranger?  Here’s the lowdown on me:

  • I believe that healing takes place
    1. through self-understanding, self-compassion & self-acceptance;
    2. by learning about yourself – in particular, understanding how your current behavior is a culmination of your past experiences, personality traits, and beliefs;
    3. by discussing and “working through” things that trouble you; and
    4. by learning how to use your strengths, newly formed coping skills, and support system to make positive changes in your life.
  • If you talked to people who know me these are the words they would likely use to describe me: warm, caring, non-threatening, genuine, trustworthy, humble, sensitive and insightful. These are the qualities that place clients at ease and open to learning about themselves and ways to improve their mental health.
  • I’m not perfect and I don’t claim to know all the answers to clients’ problems.
  • I’ve had my fair share of troubles in life and continue to recover – one day at a time.
  • What I offer to clients is my expertise and experience. I’ve been doing this stuff for a long time and have learned some valuable things along the way.
  • I like using humor in counseling sessions! (Yes, sometimes laughter is the best medicine. : )
  • As a specialization service, I provide online psychological testing and counseling services to clients in Michigan.  (In-person and online services are provided to Tennessee clients.)

Personal stuff…

On a personal note, I grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and participated in sports and band throughout my childhood and teen years. I am married and a dad although my kiddos are all grown up; my son is 30 and my daughter is 23. What a great experience it’s been to be a dad! We moved to Tennessee from Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1997 – where I had been in full-time private practice for six years – in order to teach in the Professional Counseling program.  This may or may not be relevant, but who cares – I’m a big Harry Potter fan! (The Weasley twins are my favorite characters, by the way.)  Also, Nashville Predators hockey is awesome!


Professional stuff…

OK. Now for the other stuff. I am a Tennessee & Michigan licensed psychologist who is listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. The core part of my practice is assessment (i.e., conducting psychological evaluations), which is a way of answering questions about clients’ mental health and coming up with customized “game plans” to help them.  Specifically, I help people answer these types of questions:

  • “Do I (or my child) have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or ADHD)?”  
  • “I’m not sure if I’m dealing with anxiety or depression – or both.  Can you help me figure this out and give me some ideas of what I can do?”
  • “Do I (or my child) have a learning disability?”
  • “My doctor/therapist/professor/teacher recommended that I (or my child) get a psychological evaluation to find out if [insert reason here].  Is this something that you do?

I am also a Board Certified-TeleMental Health (BC-TMH)* provider who provides distance counseling (i.e., “Skype-like”) services to clients.  I have specialized training and experience in a number of areas including individual, family, group and distance counseling therapies and have complete a graduate addictions counseling certificate program.

Although most of my experience has been obtained in private practice, I have also worked in community mental health centers (e.g., AuSable Valley CMHC – West Branch, Michigan) and psychiatric hospitals (e.g., Pine Rest Christian Hospital – Grand Rapids, Michigan). With all of this experience, I am quite adept at helping most clients resolve issues that bring them in for help. : )

In addition to my private practice, I work as a professor in the Professional Counseling program at Middle Tennessee State University in which I teach courses such as adult counseling, diagnosis and treatment planning, and psychological testing. I am the recipient of the 2007 – 2008 College of Education & Behavioral Science Teacher of the Year Award and 2012 University College Distinguished Educator in Distance Learning Award. Education is my passion and I sincerely believe that everyone has the potential to learn and change their lives for the better.  OK.  That’s enough.


Online/distance counseling credential

* Board Certified TeleMental Health (BC-TMH) Provider credential identifies those professionals who are uniquely trained in best practices for delivering traditional counseling through technological means (e.g., videocounseling).  BC-TMH providers have met nationally established distance counseling criteria and adhere to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Code of Ethics and Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services.

 

Christopher J. Quarto, Ph.D., PLLC, Licensed psychologist

Tennessee & Michigan

 

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509 Crossway Ave.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

chris@chrisquarto.com
(615) 403-5227

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