Who We Are
Albert Bellg, Ph.D.
About 25 years ago, I decided to become a clinical health psychologist because I felt I had something to contribute to our understanding of how doctors and patients communicate with each other. I felt inspired and challenged by the interpersonal issues and communication skills involved in providing good medical care, and I wanted to make the study and practice of working with medical patients part of my professional life.
I studied clinical psychology at the University of Rochester in New York and was enthusiastic enough about my interest in doctors and patients to be invited into a primary care fellowship at the U of R School of Medicine and Dentistry that focused on patient-centered medical interviewing and the biopsychosocial model of medicine. After an internship at Rush Medical Center in Chicago and the rare opportunity (for a psychologist) to do a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, I was ready for clinical practice, research and teaching.
Now, after six years at the Rush Heart Institute in Chicago, eight years with Appleton Cardiology and the Appleton Heart Institute, and over five in private practice, I no longer offer psychotherapy for mental health issues. For the last 18 months I've offered personal and organizational consulting for individuals and groups dealing with difficult situations, managing a major change in their life or work, looking for personal renewal, or making important life decisions. My work is about helping you find the deep insights and understandings you need to find and stay on the path that is most true to who you are.
I am also pleased to have joined educator and author Parker J. Palmer and his organization, the Center for Courage & Renewal, in facilitating Circle of Trust® retreats to help professionals, clergy and others "reconnect who you are with what you do." I hope you will consider joining us for a retreat.
If you're curious about my professional vita, you can find it here.