About Dr. Wheat – Compass Psychological Associates, PLLC
Dr. Wheat focuses his practice on providing assistance for male clients seeking a trustworthy professional who can help them with the very personal and private aspects of their life. In addition to Clinical Psychology, his doctoral program included specialized training in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine. This combination of training, along with 23 years of experience, makes Dr. Wheat uniquely qualified to treat addictive behaviors (alcohol, drugs, pain medication, gambling, pornography, etc.), trauma (childhood and adult), managing stress, reducing anxiety, relieving depression, and struggling with life transitions. Dr. Wheat also has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a specialty in Management and Economics, as well as a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology.
He recently retired after a twenty-three year career as a Psychologist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In the four years before his retirement he served as the National Chief of Drug Treatment Programs. His previous positions included National Chief of Behavior Sciences, and National Employee Assistance Program Coordinator. His proudest accomplishment was leading a 20 person Crisis Support Team into New York City immediately after the attacks on the World Trade Center. Dr. Wheat and his wife recently moved to North Carolina from Texas, and in June 2017, he opened his practice, Compass Psychological Associates, PLLC, in Raleigh. He is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of North Carolina and state of Texas.
Dr. Wheat brings a great deal of life experiences to his therapy work, which allows him to relate well to a wide variety of clients. He has raised a family, served in the Army National Guard, was a commissioned officer (Captain) in the United States Public Health Service, and switched careers in his mid-thirties. He has a unique understanding of how successful professionals can find themselves struggling with serious issues in their personal and work life. Over time these issues can produce unhealthy ways of coping that can easily spiral out of control. Dr. Wheat’s professional training and real life experience makes him a valued resource for helping individuals facing these challenges.
Depending upon the nature of the assistance needed, Dr. Wheat offers both short-term and long-term therapeutic approaches, based upon the cognitive behavior model of treatment. In addition, Christian counseling can be incorporated if requested by the client. He earned his doctoral degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University at the Commerce, Texas campus. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and APA Division 51, which is the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.