James Spensley

James Spensley

Title: Associate Clinical Professor
Company: University of California
Location: Fair Oaks, California, United States

James Spensley, Associate Clinical Professor at University of California, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of psychology.

Caring deeply for his patients and working to help them achieve their goals, Dr. Spensley has been an immensely successful psychiatrist. He earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan in 1963, holds certification with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has used his psychiatric knowledge as a consultant for Westminster Counseling from 1970 to 1999.  Currently teaching as an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Dr. Spensley has privately practiced since 1964 and finds fulfillment and joy in helping his patients affect positive changes in their lives and achieve self-love.

Dr. Spensley completed his residency at the University of Colorado where he worked closely with his mentor Dr. Donald Langley. Though he had enjoyed the traditional psycho-dynamic approach to his education, his views changed upon encountering the work of Hines Colhut, who discussed the importance of listening to the patient rather than assuming absolute knowledge of a circumstance. Using this as a foundation for his own methods, he has developed an understanding and an appreciation for the important relationships that develop between a therapist and patient. Dr. Spensley maintains and teaches that experiencing emotions toward patients and their situations is acceptable, so long as a therapist is able to manage these emotions in a professional, constructive way.

In addition to his career, Dr. Spensley has undertaken various pursuits. He has served the United States as a lieutenant for the US Navy Reserve from 1967 to 1969 as well as a captain for the US Army Reserve from 1964 to 1967. He has financially supported Habitat for Humanity since 2015 and has lent his time and talents to Physicians for Social Responsibility, Bread for the World and Catholic community services in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Spensley contributes articles to professional journals and has won the Distinguished Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award in 2001 from the University of California due to his excellence in teaching.

Bettering any organization with which he has been affiliated, Dr. Spensley is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and holds membership with the Central California Psychiatric Society, the California Medical Association and Sigma Xi. Just as he cares for his patients, Dr. Spensley enjoys spending time with his wife, Jeanette Spensley, their four children and nine grandchildren. When he had the option to continue conducting compelling research in academia even though it meant uprooting his family, he decided to privately practice instead so his family life would not be interrupted. In recognition of his success and dedication Dr. Spensley has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the West.

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