Fr. Joel Kwame
He/Him/His Doctoral Extern
Fr. Joel is in his 4th year in his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychological Sciences in Sterling, Virginia. He utilizes an integrative approach to therapy which comprises CBT, ACT, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and other humanistic approaches. Using a strength-based and culturally sensitive approach, Fr. Joel is attentive to the needs of clients and values the therapeutic relationship . Fr. Joel is committed to promoting the intrinsic dignity and worth of clients so that the therapeutic relationship and experience contributes to the flourishing and thriving of his clients. Fr. Joel’s clinical and research interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationships, emotional wellbeing, adjustment issues, resilience, grief and loss, culture and identity, talent exploration, goal setting, vocational discernment and growth, social justice, diversity, intersectionality, and multiculturalism. Fr. Joel identifies as an African and a Catholic Priest who grew up in Ghana and also lived in the UK. He has interests are in poetry, theatre arts, classical music, drumming and dancing. His hobbies include playing soccer, basketball, hockey, hiking and swimming. He enjoys spending time with friends and family members.