Richard Shook, Ph.D.

Richard Shook, Ph.D. teaches psychology at Life University and has over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist. His orientation has always included a humanistic focus which he now integrates with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion work and Nonviolent Communication.  Richard had the opportunity to experience the power of mind/body interventions while he served as a medic in the Air Force. His mind/body focus deepened while completing his residency and a fellowship in pain management in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. His pain management work involves integrating hypnosis and mindfulness meditation.  Richard’s work in psychotherapy and health psychology has allowed him a front row seat to the self-­‐healing and self-­‐regulating powers we all share. He received his first meditation training over 40 years ago. Richard is excited to be part of the growing mindfulness and compassion communities and the exciting work of the Compassion Integrity Training Working group.