Dr. Wayne Dykstra,
R.C.C., M.A., Ph.D

Dr. Wayne Dykstra

Areas of Focus

I earned a PhD in Psychology from University College Dublin (2015), where my research focus was the history and philosophy of psychology (my dissertation was titled “The Emergence, Transfer and Development of Liberation Psychology: A Narrative Inquiry”).

​Prior to doctoral studies, I completed a Master of Arts degree in Existential-Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology at Seattle University (2008). I worked as a mental health and chemical dependency therapist for children, young adults, and families in Seattle for four years prior to moving to Dublin, Ireland in late 2011. Upon moving back from Ireland in spring 2015, I opened a private practice with wife Gloria, who is also a psychotherapist. In 2021, I began exploring the role of psychotherapy in supporting individuals with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Individuals, and their loved ones, are often overlooked by the psychotherapy community. As such, I’ve made it an essential dimension of my work to help support this population.

My experience providing psychotherapy has been greatly enhanced through my academic work, and I’m happy to speak with you about this. You can expect therapy sessions to be conversational in style and involve humor, the careful examination of your feelings, your history, bodily experience, and personal narrative.

​Outside of my practice, I am passionate about music, literature, the outdoors, running, and being a father of two.