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Psychologist, Dr. Sidney Trantham
Dr. Sidney Trantham knows what it’s like to be in need. In fact, from an early age he was destined to join the ‘helping profession.’
“I knew I always wanted to help people from an early age. I actually started my college career with going to medical school. But my heart wasn’t in it. I got into psychology because I liked to help people detect more about what’s going on with themselves. It’s very relational and it’s empowering, still today.”
Since the second year of his doctoral studies, Dr. Trantham has been active in the field. He graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
His clinical interests has long been in understanding personality development, connecting him to an interpersonal and relational approach to counseling. And his related work in neuropsychological, psychological, and gender assessment helps him to better understand the forces that affect and shape child, adolescent, and adult development.
A professional clinician who is always learning! So where does that drive exactly come from?
“I grew up in poverty and I saw at a young age where people of color and poor people were overlooked by the larger community. I saw all of that and felt this wasn’t right and knew there had to be another way.”
According to Trantham, African Americans are severely underserved in the mental health, medicine, etc. He says, “I don’t think there are enough African American mental health professionals or those who understand the experience of African Americans to match the need we’re seeing.”
Given that his career has focused on working with children, adolescents and adults who experience various forms of trauma, Dr. Trantham has lots of clinical experience addressing multiracial, multicultural, sexuality, and gender identity issues through counseling.
Speaking to Dr. Trantham and you instantly get the impression he is always forward looking and has a great capacity to do a lot of things very, very well.
“I’m fortunate that the university where I teach, we have a very unique model where we have a lot of evening classes and weekend intensive classes. So we can cover a whole course through weekends. But I have to be honest that I do not always have a lot of time during the semester. I am pretty regimented with my schedule and have gotten really good at saying no.”
As an expert psychologist, Dr. Trantham has been practicing counseling for approximately 24 years, starting during the second year of his doctoral studies. As a graduate of the University of Florida (Gainesville) with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, he is insightful, humble as much as he is ambitious. Thank goodness!
You can follow Dr. Trantham @SidneyTrantham.