Rudy Hatfield , Ph.D

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Dr. Hatfield has been working in the mental health field for over 30 years. He has provided services in a variety of clinical settings, and specializes in the treatment of addictions, neurological rehabilitation, and trauma.

Treatment Philosophy & Focus

Rudy was trained in applying cognitive behavioral therapy principles and psychodynamic principles to a wide variety of different clients with different needs. As a result of his experience he began to adopt the philosophy that is consistent with what has become known as the “third wave psychotherapy movement.” This more progressively oriented philosophy prioritizes a holistic psychological and behavioral process that emphasizes health and well-being over the identification and elimination of unwanted psychological and emotional symptoms. In this manner people can learn to live their lives according to their values and goals and at the same time as a consequence of pursuing their values minimize emotional distress and conflict.

Education & Experience

Rudy received his BA from the University of Michigan and his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. He completed internships at the prestigious Ann Arbor Veteran’s Administration Hospital and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan Hospital System in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Rudy’s primary training was in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with significant brain dysfunction. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings in rehabilitation hospitals, cognitive disorder clinics, and in substance use disorder clinics. He has acted as a consultant in numerous treatment settings including traumatic brain injury settings, geriatric treatment centers, substance use disorder treatment facilities, and for pediatric neuropsychological treatment providers. He is the author of two books and numerous articles.


Rudy can work with all age groups but these days prefers to work individuals over the age of 16. His areas of focus include:

  • ADHD and learning disabilities 
  • Adjustment issues
  • Aging
  • Anxiety (social anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, etc.) 
  • Brain-based issues including brain injury and stroke
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Couples issues
  • Dementia
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Disability adjustment
  • Grief
  • Geriatric related Issues
  • Family issues
  • Neurological issues
  • Neuropsychological testing and psychological assessment
  • Personality Disorders and personality assessment
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma Recovery
  • Stress management
  • Stroke recovery
  • Substance Abuse and Addictive Behaviors
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