I am a Doctor of Social Work (DSW, 1979; MSW, 1967 — University of Southern California) and have been a LCSW since 1971 (California), previously licensed in Washington and Hawaii, and in Mississippi since 1997 (LCSW #C6013)
I joined Practical Solutions Counseling and Consulting, PLLC. in Gulfport, MS, as of January 1, 2018 (previously, my practice was based at Advanced Psychotherapy, Gulfport, MS, 2011-1017).
I provide psychotherapy and instruction in coping and alternative meditation and breathing strategies to address a range of mental health issues, to include war and civilian-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, substance use, and life/school/career adjustment.
My psychotherapeutic approach is grounded in Gestalt, Existential, Humanistic and Experiential therapies, along with creative meditation techniques/strategies and cognitive-behavioral therapy. As such, I respect and believe in the inherent strengths and wisdom potential that lie within each person, and that with proper interventions, support and feedback clients will be better able to foster and actualize their inner strengths and decision-making capabilities to promote more self-satisfying and meaningful lives that they so deserve.
Also, I am the external clinical consultant to the Biloxi VA Vet Center (2012–current) and have the privilege to provide monthly consultation concerning Vet Center services to veterans and their families.
There are a number of very positive descriptions of my counseling/therapy skills by former clients posted at several web sites: ray scurfield @ yellowpages.com; ray scurfield @ healthgrades; ray scurfield @ therapistratingz.com
My counseling is enriched by my education/training/faith & varied life experiences: *Distinguished Military Graduate, Army ROTC, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA (1965)
Military active duty, captain (Social Work Officer, 1967-71) – including one year with an Army psychiatric team, Vietnam (1968-69); and co-led two return trips to Vietnam (1989 & 2000)
25 year VA mental health leadership and clinical career, i.e., National Assistant Director for Clinical Services, VA Vet Center Program, VA HQ, Washington, D.C. (1982-85); Founding Director of both the (1) PTST Program, American Lake VA, Tacoma WA (1985-91) and (2) National Center for PTSD, Honolulu, HI (1992-97)
13-year social work faculty, University of Southern Mississippi (1998-2012) — 15 awards for teaching & service (to include a “Hero of Katrina”) and awarded professor emeritus status
Mississippi Social Worker of the Year (2006) for my clinical and organizational work post-Katrina, and writings and presentations about Hurricane Katrina and post-disaster recovery
Awarded both the Mississippi & National 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards by the National Association of Social Work
Author of 70+ book chapters and journal articles, and 6 books. Seventh book is in press (2018), NASW Press: Faith & Non-Faith Based Meditation: Practical, Creative & Post-Traumatic Applications. For providers, their patients & clients (working title). 350+ presentations
Nationally recognized PTSD & military & civilian trauma expert as therapist/writer/presenter/director of treatment programs.
Finally, I recognize that not all persons respond the same to various therapeutic interventions and therapist personalities. For those new clients who do not find me or my therapeutic approach to be fully satisfactory, I am very committed to refer to you another counselor who might be a better fit. What is most important is that you receive the quality and type of psychotherapeutic services that will be of maximum benefit to you.I do appreciate so very much the opportunity for you to determine if I might be such a resource for you. Please call 228-314-3626 to schedule an appointment.