Dr. Ron Bean, or “Doc B” as he is often called, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of trauma and in working with couples and other relationships. He believes that therapy does not have to be an intimidating experience and tries to create a nonjudgmental, open and accepting space for all walks of life.
Doc B has experience in a wide variety of settings including being on the PTSD Clinical Team at a VA Hospital, Vet Centers, cardiac rehabilitation hospitals and other health clinics, community mental health clinics, the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, and university counseling centers.
Doc B earned an Associate of Arts in Psychology – Magna Cum Laude at the College of Southern Idaho and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology – High Honors at Idaho State University. At Utah State University, Doc B earned his Master of Science in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Doc B’s relationship research includes exploring romantic relationship quality and technological communication. This line of research investigated potential links between one’s attachment style, rejection sensitivity, and how technology impacts relationship satisfaction. This research was published as a book chapter on relationship research. The first publication from Doc B’s dissertation research focused on relationship maintenance behaviors that included positivity, negativity, and sexual interest and their impact on marital stability in remarriage. The second publication examined different types of stepfamilies (he had children, she had children, they both had children) and the different types and the amount of challenges they each may face. He has also published research in the field of trauma in an exploration of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma and different types of couple’s treatments that also treat trauma.
Doc B completed his predoctoral internship and post-doctoral specialist training at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans’ Administration Medical Center before being hired by the PTSD Clinical Team prior to establishing his private practice in 2020.
Over the last three weeks, it has been a great time. I feel more and more like myself each day. I have been busy and active even during this time. I want to thank you for your advice and counsel. I do not believe I am going to allow things to upset me in the future and you have definitely taught me the triggers that get me spun up. My family life has improved as well as my own wellbeing.
From his earliest years, Doc B had an unquenchable desire to know how things worked, much to the chagrin of his parents (who got most of their stuff put back together properly). This drive to know how things work found a home in music, where Doc B found his voice, and in the study of psychology. Doc B loved the multicultural training he received in grad school and is passionate about breaking the bonds of power, privilege, and stigma; activvely valuing all types of diversity. He actively engages in advocacy for all, including extensive work with the LGBTQ community, gender diversity, those who experienced religious trauma, and those from all walks of life. Doc B also loves cooking, writing, and building projects from his guitars to Harley Davidson motorcycles. He is married and has five children and three grandchildren.
Doc B’s Office is located at Gilbert Counseling located at 201 W Guadalupe Road in Gilbert, Arizona in Suite 300. He offers individual, group, and couples’ appointments for adults.
Doc B offers telehealth for all clients using secure, encrypted platforms to protect privacy and confidentiality. Telehealth can be a terrific option for many that have the preference for telehealth or barriers to attending in-person appointments including time, travel, convenience, or many other reasons.
Doc B earned a special designation on his license and participates in the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact PSYPACT agreement. PSYPACT is an interstate compact designed to allow licensed psychologists to practice of telepsychology and conduct temporary in-person face-to-face practice of psychology across state boundaries legally and ethically without necessitating that an individual become licensed in every state to practice. This means Doc B can provide services to a growing list of 34 states. To see if your state applies, please follow this link: https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/psypactmap.
It can be challenging to make that first contact to discuss the challenges you are facing. There is a reason the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror. Contact Doc Bean today to decide for yourself if you would like to begin. Doc Bean is currently offering in-person, telehealth, and phone call appointments.