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Wayne Carpenter Ph.D.

About Me

I was born in Rhode Island and lived there until I was 12 before moving to Massachusetts. I attended the University of New Hampshire (Bachelor’s degree), Springfield College (Master’s degree), and Syracuse University (Ph.D.). I’ve been a construction worker, middle school teacher, summer camp director, and a wilderness trip leader.

In 1989 I began my career in Counseling Services at Western New England. For 18 years I was on the adjunct faculty at Springfield College teaching graduate courses in marriage and family therapy, and ethics. My personal interests are varied including many pursuits that pertain to the outdoors, listening to jazz and the blues, reading a good mystery or spy novel, watching movies, travel, and playing golf. During the last couple of years I have taken on a new interest – boatbuilding. So far I have built a pack canoe and a sea kayak. I’m not quite sure what my next boat will be, or what adventure may lay ahead…

My Approach

For me counseling is about forming a collaborative relationship with the student and work mutually in order for the student reach their goals. This begins with listening to the student’s story and making sure the student feels heard and understood. Then, choosing from a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques, we build a path toward achieving the student’s goals. To help a student see the possibilities of what change can bring, and then see the student create that change, is a wonderfully gratifying experience for both the student, and myself.