Carl Sallee, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Resident

 

Dr. Carl Sallee is a post-doctoral psychology resident who received his PsyD at George Fox University in Newberg, OR and his undergraduate degree in psychology and Global Development Studies at Seattle Pacific University. 

Dr. Sallee takes a very holistic and person-centered approach to therapy and assessment, considering every individual he meets as uniquely influenced by their intersecting cultural identities, social upbringing, biology, and life experiences. He enjoys working with individuals across the life-span. He has significant training and experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a compassion-focused, mindfulness-based version of Cognitive Behavior Therapy developed as a way to help people overcome struggle with painful thoughts and feelings in order to whole-heartedly pursue a life based on their chosen values. He has a passion for de-stigmatizing the use of mental health services and using mental health care as a way to decrease societal gaps in power/privilege while continually examining his own privilege, biases, blind-spots, and cultural background to better serve folks experiencing marginalization or alienation. 

He completed his doctoral internship at the Western Colorado VA Health Care System in Grand Junction Colorado, where he conducted evidence-based assessment and therapy for Veterans with PTSD, neuropsychological and personality assessment,  outpatient addiction recovery assessment and therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy with folks who have borderline personality disorder.

Outside of work, Dr. Sallee enjoys baking anything sourdough (especially pizza and focaccia), finding cool places to eat, doing anything outdoors (skiing, hiking, camping, kayaking, fly-fishing), playing with his dog, and spending quality time with his wife.

Check out these fantastic recommendations from Dr. Sallee:

Books:

The Happiness Trap (or The Illustrated Happiness Trap) by Russ Harris: This is the perfect book to learn the basics of ACT without needing to know any of the jargon or theoretical background. It is filled with simple and effective tips for applying values, mindfulness, acceptance, separation from unhelpful thoughts, and committed action toward change in your life in the direction you want it to move. It can change your perspectives and help lead toward a rich, meaningful life more in line with your values. The illustrated version is great to use for adults and kids, or even together as a family!

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk: A must-read for any clinician interested in working with trauma and for any non-clinician who wants to learn more about the science behind how trauma affects our physiology, neurobiology, and psychology. 

Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol by Holly Whitaker: This book provides a powerful and insightful look into how strong and insidious of an influence the alcohol industry has on our society and it takes a critical look at the most widely used recovery models that are based on patriarchal perspectives toward addiction. The author presents her own chosen recovery journey and explains how it is based on science and a different, more empowering way of viewing the struggle with addiction.

Values in Therapy: A Clinician's Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and Live a More Meaningful Life by Jenna LeJeune and Jason Luoma: The title of this book says it all! This book is easy to read and provides an extremely helpful look into how to cultivate a practice that is centered around helping clients and clinicians create the most meaningful lives possible centered around what really matters most in life.

Videos:

Podcast:

The Liturgists: A podcast co-hosted by a clinical psychologist, a scientist with Autism and a former worship leader and current composer about faith, science, spirituality, art, and difficult topics to discuss. This is an excellent podcast for anyone who has struggled with religion or spirituality, and who likes to be challenged in their thinking in ways that will have profound impacts.

Apps:

PTSD Coach - a beneficial aid to anyone undergoing an Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD

Mindfulness Coach - a useful tool for anyone hoping to develop a mindfulness practice

ACT Coach - a conjunctive tool for anyone in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or even if you're not, this app has great exercises to practice.

Virtual Hope Box (Apple) (Google) - a helpful reminder about what is important, to help when life seems a little too dark or not worth living anymore

DBT Coach - a conjunctive application for anyone in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Stop, Breathe, Think - a mindfulness app that is easy to use and helpful for developing a consistent practice of formal meditation.