Dr. Joseph Petty

Dr. Joseph Petty

Philosophy of Care

I enter into every therapeutic relationship with a confident belief that the individual who is seeking help to resolve personal and painful issues will leave therapy with improved critical and rational thinking skills, emotional strength, and an increased feeling of well-being. This is a journey I take with the patient until they can continue the journey without me. My goal as a therapist is to get people out of therapy as soon as they feel confident to again resume life in a productive and satisfying way. I feel gratitude every time I see a smile replace sadness and fear.

Although many different treatment methods and strategies can be used to attack various problematic psychological issues, my primary focus is to confront head-on the patient’s destructive, stressful and unhealthy thinking patterns that directly and indirectly impact their emotional well-being and their relationships with others. The time-frame to defeat old thinking habits will depend on several different factors primarily: the length of time the patterns have existed and the desire, willingness, and drive of the patient to improve their life. It is my job to convince the patient that the changes will be beneficial and to clearly show the patient exactly how to make the changes happen. I am passionate about this work.

Education and Licensure

  • Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology. Utah State University, 1970
  • Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology, Utah State University, 1968
  • Licensed by the State of Utah as a psychologist, Current
  • Lifetime license in the State of California in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling

Clinical Experience

During the 45 years I have been in the psychology profession I have worked in community mental health centers, hospitals, private practice, in the legal arena and have taught at several different universities and colleges full and part-time. I have primarily worked as a therapist, but have also frequently been a director and supervisor of clinical services at various facilities over the years. I did detour for about four years into public education at the middle school level to help establish mental health services within schools. As a result of working with county, state and national education programs I was the recipient of the Middle School Counselor of the Year award for North Carolina and the United States (2001).

I devoted about 15 years of my career specializing in the evaluation and treatment of abused children and have state and national publications on the subject.

Professional Affiliation

  • Utah Psychological Association Committee member: “Psychologically Healthy Workplace.”

Helping People With

  • Adolescent Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety, Worry and Fearfulness
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Esteem and Confidence issues
  • Relationship Problems (personal and occupational)
  • Trauma and Abuse (Adults abused as children)
  • Domestic violence perpetrator issues
  • Anger management
  • Clinical evaluation of seniors aged 6o+

Trained In

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Therapy
  • Brief Solution-Oriented Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Interpersonal Relationship Therapy

Ages Served

  • Children older than 7
  • Middle school-aged youth
  • Adults, including those over the age of 60