Tom Rohrer, PhD, LMFT (MFC 20325) is a Psychotherapist and Mental Performance Consultant. He has been in private practice since 1985, (in Walnut Creek, California) and since April 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has spent his career embracing his personal curiosity and learning how people become happier and healthier, as well as more capable and abundant. He has personally and professionally experienced how the individual is their main obstacle, and how they can move past the personal issues which cause that.
Dr. Rohrer has lived his personal version of how he encourages his clients to live their lives. He attempts to do his best, be his best self and partner, stretch, risk, be vulnerable and influenceable, laugh at life and himself, grow, adjust, and yet keep everything in balance, as much as possible, while he goes for what he wants. And of course, always be in communication with his spirit.
On a personal note, Dr. Rohrer is a Viet Nam Veteran and he has been clean and sober since 1985. He has grown from his many hundreds of hours of individual and group therapy, personal spiritual work, as well as from psychological trainings. He attempts to walk my talk. He is happily married.
The main focus of his professional career has been addiction treatment, both drug and alcohol, and the behavioral addictions. All addictions may look different on the surface, but they involve a similar brain addiction. The brain neurotransmitter Dopamine gets spiked when an abusing or addicted person is "triggered" to use, gets stressed, or uses. As the months of recovery accumulate, the journey of recovery become pretty much the same for all addictions. It is his knowledge and experience about recovery which is most valuable to his clients. The evidence of his thorough understanding of the process of recovering from addictions is his comprehensive book, Thriving Beyond Addiction: A Complete User-Friendly Guide.
The second focus of Dr. Rohrer’s career starting in 1983, has been human motivation, performance, and success, especially in sports. He has developed and offered programs, worked with many individuals, and a few teams. Some highlights of his training includes, a certificate in Sports Psychology, a certificate in Authentic Happiness Coaching (Positive Psychology), a certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, advanced training in Structural Thinking, and extensive training in Brainspotting, with special interest in sports performance and the creative arts.
The third focus of Dr. Rohrer's career is helping couples, married or not, to explore and build a happier and healthier relationship. He believes in the value of a quality partnership and it is the partnership that is the client, not either of the individuals. His focus is on solutions, using a structural, evidence-based approach. He focuses on both partner's strengths and the building of a mutually beneficial future. Many couple want to use spiritual practices to benefit their relationship development. If there are deeper unresolved issues or traumas, he primarily uses the Brainspotting approach. He often uses the Gottman Institute resources.