Mr. Rich DeWalden
Rich DeWalden is a mental health counselor at UCF Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), at both Rosen College of Hospitality Management and main campus. Rich is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida. He received both his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.
Rich has over nine years of experience as a mental health professional. Much of his career has involved work in a private practice setting but he has also worked with UCF’s Marriage and Family Research Institute where he held both counseling and administrative positions. Rich has worked at UCF CAPS for the last two years and has found his calling in the university setting where he is able to help students discover their strengths, resilience, and internal resources to overcome challenges. Rich specializes in working with and treating anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, and relationship concerns.
Rich has a Mind-Body-Spirit approach to treatment and believes that conscious awareness of our personal issues is the basis of all healing. Because he takes a holistic view of individuals and approach to treatment, he believes that the methods used in therapy depends on the individual’s needs and capabilities and thus he draws from several therapeutic approaches to fit the individual’s needs and therapeutic goals. These therapeutic approaches may include but are not limited to Coherence Therapy, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and systems.
When not working, the place Rich enjoys the most is to be on the water… anywhere. Most might not believe that he is pretty good at water sports and has barefoot water skied and can still hold his own on a wakeboard. Rich will be in the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. To reach a counselor afterhours please call 407.823.2811.