David Wakefield, PhD – Psychologist
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PhD, Counseling Psychology - Oklahoma State University, Tulsa
Master of Divinity, Pastoral Care - Oral Roberts University, Tulsa
BS, Business Administration - Oral Roberts University
Counseling - Christian Family Institute, Tulsa
Licensed Marital & Family Therapist
"I try to provide patients and their caregivers with a safe place and strive to be a person they trust and talk to about anything that is on their hearts or minds."
Dr. David Wakefield
Dr. David Wakefield, a mind-body therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, understands that cancer does not just impact the body; it affects the mind and spirit as well. Dr. Wakefield and the rest of the mind-body team, including licensed psychologists and a licensed professional counselor, address the psychological well-being of patients as they undergo cancer treatment.
Dr. Wakefield is a licensed psychologist and a licensed marital and family therapist. He holds a PhD in counseling psychology from Oklahoma State University. He also has a master’s degree in pastoral care from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree.
Dr. Wakefield’s experience includes years of counseling adults, couples and families. He also served as Associate Director of the Oral Roberts University Counseling Center and, later, as adjunct professor for the graduate school.
Dr. Wakefield joined the Mind-Body Medicine Department at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in 2000. When asked what he likes best about working at CTCA, Dr. Wakefield says he likes working with the patients and their family members. “I really enjoy meeting people from all over the United States and hearing their story and life events,” he says.
Dr. Wakefield and the rest of the mind-body team explore the connection between psychological care and the patient’s physical health. When patients first arrive at Southwestern, they have the option to meet with a mind-body therapist. Dr. Wakefield says when he meets with patients, he tries to “lift their spirits, cry together, laugh together and fight cancer side by side.”
Dr. Wakefield and the rest of the mind-body team are available to patients for private and/or group sessions as often as needed throughout their care. They work closely with patients to incorporate mind-body tools and techniques, such as guided imagery, stress management and humor therapy, into patients’ treatment plans. The goal is to harness the forces of the mind for healing at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
Furthermore, Dr. Wakefield and the rest of the mind-body team recognize that caregivers need support too. That is why they provide mind-body medicine services, including classes and support groups, to patients and their caregivers.