Today’s faculty highlight is Dr. O’Donnell Day, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School. Dr. Day is originally from north Mississippi, spending most of her young adulthood living on a family farm in Mississippi. After completing her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, she joined staff with Campus Crusade for Christ on the campus of the University of Minnesota. She holds an MA in Clinical Psychology from California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles, a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, and a post-graduate certificate in British Object Relations Psychotherapy through the Center for Object Relations in Seattle. Currently, she is on the board and faculty at the Center for Object Relations.

She is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and licensed Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice in Kirkland, and previous Director of Clinical Training at Fairfax Psychiatric Hospital, where she provided supervision for doctoral practicum students and interns. She has extensive experience with acute, long-term inpatient and outpatient clinical populations.

Some of her clinical interests are in the areas of “no emotional mother (Jim Oakland),” and the impacts of this on self-esteem, shame, and primitive emotional states. Also, she is interested in the growth of our minds (different than our brain), narcissism at the heart of all dis-orders, characterological unconscious defensive structures, how these defensive patterns also drive clinical syndromes, sufferings due to our condemning superego, and unconscious processes which lead to a personal theology.

What are you currently reading?

The Seattle Times
The New York Times
Conundrums and Predicaments in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Tuch and Kuttnauer
Thinking Space, Lowe.
Been in The Storm So Long, The Aftermath of Slavery, Litwack
Trouble in Mind, Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow, Litwack
A Meltzer Reader, Selections from the Writings of Donald Meltzer, Williams

What have you been listening to lately?

NPR, daily
Silence is Not an Option, Don Lemon
Sunday Morning, Jane Pauley
My own mind…

What research do you find yourself drawn to at the moment?

An ongoing deepening of my relationship to my experiences in growing up in the South.

Any exciting summer plans?

Staying at home

If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would they be?

My mom.

If you weren’t in your current profession you’d be…?

I love my work and therefore don’t want to be doing anything different, however, if I had to choose, perhaps working with a dual MDiv degree and a P.A. overseas with an organization such as Doctors Without Borders.

Who is your literary or living hero?

William Cuthbert Faulkner—I was forced to read him in school, and he opened my eyes to the ugliness and pain of my Mississippi people.