When I received my Ph.D. at the University of California in 1963, I had no thought of entering clinical practice, though my most important mentors—Ted Sarbin at Berkeley, Martin Orne at Harvard, and Julian Rotter at the University of Connecticut—were all clinicians. Also, I worked as the principle investigator of a major research project on the four state mental hospitals in Connecticut from 1964-68, and developed extensive experience working in mental health settings. In 1984, one of my own students became a co-owner of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, The Stonington Institute. He invited me to his place to consult with his clinical team, primarily about group processes, team-building, and the uses of group psychotherapy.
This involvement led to my initiative to gain legitimacy as a psychotherapist by becoming licensed. Over a period of several years, I acquired training at Rutgers University and engaged in independent study in order to qualify to take the Connecticut licensure examination. I passed this examination in 1986 and became a licensed clinician. This enabled me to engage in further clinical work at Stonington Institute over the next several years.
In 1990, one of the clinicians at Stonington Institute partnered with me to found the Saybrook Counseling Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. We opened our doors on July 1, 1990, and soon had a thriving practice. We hired some additional clinical associates and began to offer treatment to a wide range of clients—individuals, couples and families; people suffering from depression and anxiety, people in recovery from addictions. In December, 1996, I bought out my partner and we each formed individual practices.
With other clinicians working under my direction, I owned and operated the Saybrook Counseling Center until October, 2008, when I sold the practice to one of my clinical associates. I had retired from my position on the Wesleyan University faculty in 2005, after having gone half-time at Wesleyan some years earlier.
Since 2008, I have carried on a modest clinical practice in Middletown—in space rented from a clinical colleague, Dr. Stephen Bank. Over this time, I have limited my practice to seeing 4-6 people each week—usually on Friday or Saturday mornings. I do accept new referrals, but obviously not many. My current plans are to continue this limited practice.
Karl E. Scheibe, Ph.D.
Connecticut license #1316