Title: Founder, Director, Lead Clinician
Company: Wright Psychological Services, PLC
Location: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Dustin A. Wright, EdS, LPC, Founder, Director and Lead Clinician at Wright Psychological Services, PLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Providers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in counseling.
Upon deciding his professional path, Mr. Wright knew straight away he wanted to guide people through life’s toughest moments as a counselor, knowing how beneficial it could be from his own counseling sessions as a child. Growing up with divorced parents left a strain on the young Mr. Wright, and his grades and behavior took a turn for the worst. His child psychologist helped bring him back to a decent state of mind, and today he is a proud licensed professional counselor as of 2013. Mr. Wright received a B.S. in Psychology in 2005, an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2008, and an EdS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2008, all from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition to his license, the professional counselor is also certified as a youth mental health first aid instructor and an adult mental health aid instructor by Mental Health First Aid USA as of 2014.
Presently, Mr. Wright has served as the director and lead clinician at Wright Psychological Services, PLC since 2015 and has been a Master Instructor with Blue Ridge Crisis Intervention Training since 2010. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Medicine at Mary Baldwin University’s Murphey Deming College of Health Sciences Master’s Physician Assistant Program. Between 2013 and 2017, Mr. Wright took on the roles of Community Liaison Program Coordinator for the Valley Community Services Board and co-creator and coordinator for the My Action Plan Card Program. Additionally, Mr. Wright was the creator, coordinator and webmaster for Valley E-Link; a grassroots, web-based resource directory. From 2008 to 2017 he served as an Emergency Services, Access and Outpatient Clinician at Valley CSB. He commenced his career in 2007 as an Intensive In-Home Clinician for the Crossroads Counseling Center.
With his intense passion for service comes recognition, and in 2018, Mr. Wright was the recipient of the CIT International Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year Award and Augusta’s J. Lewis Gibbs Distinguished Service Award from Mental Health of America. He was also granted the Virginia CIT Behavioral Health Provider of the Year Award in 2017, as well as a Commendation Award from Mental Health America of Augusta in 2012. Mr. Wright attributes his success to his passion for positive change, a persistent drive to continuously learn and surrounding himself with motivated, open-minded, and creative colleagues; including his mentors made up of his father, grandfather and Dr. Lennie Echterling.
Mr. Wright served as a board member for Valley Supportive Housing and the Board President for the National Alliance for Mental Illness “We Care” Augusta from 2013 to 2017. Looking ahead in his career, Mr. Wright would like to add more practitioners and medication management to his business, as well as incorporate the holistic treatment style into the facility. He has also finished his first innovative, family-help therapeutic workbook for young people experiencing anger issues and the adults who care for them. He plans to be published within a year as he explores different publishing companies.
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