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 the South. 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.

She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and 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. Dr. Day also offers consultation for Olive Crest Treatment Centers, and she has extensive experience with acute and chronic inpatient and outpatient clinical populations.

Some of her clinical interests are in the areas of lack of maternal containment, shame, how the mind grows or does not (ego), characterological defensive structures, how these defensive patterns also drive clinical syndromes, and choice of theology.

What are you currently reading?

The Seattle Times
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott
A Kleinian Development by Donald Meltzer
Primitive Agony and Symbolization by René Roussillion

What have you been listening to lately?

NPR, daily
Videos of psychoanalyst Harold F. Searles working with patients

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

Grief—I am in the process of developing a new class focused on this experience, so my reading and research has had direct connection to grief work.

Any exciting summer plans?

Gardening
Staying at home
Playing tennis
Training for a 10k with good friends

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 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.