Dr. Rex R. Vogan II, founder of Pinnacle Behavioral Health, works from an emotion focused, depth oriented, and present tense perspective. He has been trained as an in-depth psychotherapist by the International Institute for Humanistic Studies since 2004 and continues to participate in annual advanced trainings held in California. These trainings give him in-depth clinical skills to foster change in a variety of presenting problems. He specializes in working with adolescents and adults experiencing depression; anxiety; trauma; loss/grief; divorce/separation; personality disorders; parent-child conflict and adolescent and young adult transitions.
Dr. Vogan’s therapeutic philosophy is based on an existential-humanistic framework. This therapy is process-oriented rather than solutions-focused, and concentrates on the subjective experience of the person. It asks deep questions about the lived experience of the human being and the nature of anxiety, grief and isolation. It aims to increase self-awareness, thereby creating space for the individual to live to his or her full potential with authenticity.
Dr. Vogan is passionate about his existential-humanistic orientation because he believes it is more than just another model of psychology; it is a way of being in the world that promotes individual responsibility; emphasizes the importance of creating meaning in one’s life; acknowledges the limitations of being human; stresses the significance of insight, and promotes the integration of all parts of the individual that makes them unique and whole.
Dr. Vogan began his clinical training in 2003 and gained extensive and diverse clinical experiences. He worked a year at each of the following rotations; rural mental health center; United States Air Force Base; and University counseling center. In addition, he completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at New Lifestyles, a residential treatment facility located in Winchester, VA. During his two years at New Lifestyles, he conducted intensive individual, group, and family therapy with adolescents, young adults, and families who suffered with severe pathology, personality disorders and maladaptive relationship patterns. In addition to his therapeutic duties, as Chief Resident, Dr. Vogan managed the assessment and evaluation of intern training, created and monitored clinical schedules, consulted with community contacts, and provided relevant clinical information to the Clinical Director, program team and psychiatric consultant.
Dr. Vogan has specialty training in sport psychology as it relates to recovery from sport injury, retirement transitions, and performance enhancement. Consequently, he is able to provide the following services to athletes and coaches:
- Treat and support athletes with season-ending injuries
- Support retiring athletes
- Foster mental toughness
- Improve team dynamics and leadership skills
- Decrease pre-competitive anxiety and increase motivation
- Provide conflict resolution services
- Establish goal setting programs
- Develop effective communication strategies
Dr. Vogan received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in sport psychology from Argosy University-Phoenix; his master’s degree in sport psychology from Ithaca College; and his Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology from The George Washington University. He is also affiliated with several organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Virginia Psychological Association and The Association for Applied Sport Psychology.