CHESTER, Vt. – Dr. David Lord, clinical psychologist, has opened a practice at the Henry Office Building, 116 Main Street, Chester.
Recently retired from his position as staff psychologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Junction, Dr. Lord’s wide-ranging experience includes working with men and women struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, aging and PTSD, as well as problems with sexual abuse and gender dysphoria disorder. At the VA he specialized in group work with men and co-founded one of the first group treatment efforts to deal with military sexual trauma.
A native of New Hampshire, Dr. Lord earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass., before moving to New York City to become associate director of the Columbia Counseling Service and a lecturer in human development. While at Columbia, he attended the White Institute of Psychoanalysis and was appointed to a clinical professorship at Cornell Medical College and the Payne Whitney Clinic. Later, he entered full-time private practice in Manhattan and Greenwich, Conn., before settling in Chester in 1998. Awarded a diploma in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, Dr. Lord also holds a certificate of proficiency in the treatment of substance abuse.
More recently, his academic experience includes an adjunct clinical professorship of psychiatry at the Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth, where he taught and supervised third-year psychiatric residents.
Dr. Lord sums up his long experience and varied interests as “making an effort to help people overcome their problems in living.” His orientation is essentially positive, rather than pathological, and his therapeutic approach stresses the power of relationships in daily life, love and work. His training spans psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral methods which are applied in the treatment of individuals, couples and in group work.
Though recently absent from “civilian” practice, he will be resuming membership in some insurance provider panels, including Blue Cross and Medicare. Until such affiliations are completed, his fee for service will follow a sliding scale.
Dr. Lord may be contacted at 802-875-1492.