About

biography photo of Chris Bradshaw, LAC, EHI teaching assistant

Chris

Bradshaw, M.F.A., M.A., LAC

Teaching Assistant

Tucson, Arizona

Chris Bradshaw is a licensed associate counselor in Arizona and a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Saybrook University, where he completed a concentration in EH psychology and is in the final stages of his dissertation. EH and EHI have deepened, enriched, and opened his world in many ways, and he is humbled and grateful to be part of this community.

Chris currently works as a specialty therapist at Sierra Tucson, a residential treatment facility in the Catalina mountains of the Tucson area. He engages group and 1:1 therapy informed by EH therapy, depth-oriented dream work, and somatic experiencing (which he is in the advanced stages of training in). He very much harnesses Kirk Schneider’s ideas on Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy when integrating other approaches within an existential and experiential frame.

Writing is a large part of the way Chris accesses his full range of human strengths, enters the present moment, explores and connects with himself, others, and the world. He co-wrote a chapter on “therapeutic presence” for a forthcoming book from the American Psychological Association (APA) on the evidence-based foundations of EH psychotherapy, writes a regular blog for Psychology Today titled “The Existential Station,” is co-editing a book forthcoming from University Professors Press on the development of existential therapy worldwide and cross-culturally, and is working on a collection of short stories.

At Saybrook, Chris was awarded the Rollo May scholarship. His dissertation explores the client experience of therapeutic presence using a mixed-methods approach including audio-recorded semi-structured and embodied interviews, the use of the Therapist Presence Inventory (TPI), and reflexive thematic analysis. Chris completed foundational training at EHI and currently engages a deepening experiential training process with EHI that involves assisting in teaching.

Chris started working at age sixteen at a local movie theater, where he gratefully got to wear a navy blue bow tie and cummerbund, as well as grey polyester pants with a blue stripe down the sides. His chums, whenever they visited the movie theater, were ever gracious and respectful, never once teased him about his uniform.

Since moving on from this movie role (where he developed the bad habit of putting too much salt on popcorn and the good habit of re-watching good movies, which turned into re-reading and memorizing poems and other prose) Chris worked in the restaurant and bar industry, at a newspaper print center, in landscaping, and copyediting legal documents for a law firm. The first job he held that felt like home was as a caregiver for individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. He did this throughout his undergraduate degree and while earning a masters degree in writing and literature. This got him on the path toward deep service work.

Eventually, Chris worked with youth considered “at risk” in the educational system for two years and met an elder counselor who saw his potential for therapy work. Chris started his journey in the mental health field in 2011. He has served in a range of clinical and leadership roles since. For some eight years, he managed large Medicaid-funded treatment clinics in Tucson and operationally supervised an interdisciplinary team of counselors, peer support, nurses, administrative staff, and medical providers. In addition to writing and reading avidly, Chris pursues meditation, yoga, dance, and diverse music and art. Chris knows many of the good taco places in Tucson, which is an underappreciated culinary capital of the U.S..

Other Resources

Check out Chris’s Psychology Today Blog The Existential Station.