James Madison University
PHOTO: Mark Menzies, PsyD

Mark Menzies, PsyD

  • Years Attended: 2009-2013
  • Advisor: Gregg Henriques

Currently


I am a staff psychologist in the General Mental Health outpatient clinic at the El Paso VA. I divide my time between providing individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessments and consulting with staff on clinical cases. For the latter, I serve in the role of Local Evidence Based Psychotherapy Coordinator, an educational and consultative role to increase use of EBTs in VA. I am also clinical consultant to the El Paso Vet Center. I was recently approved as a clinical instructor supporting the elective VA psychiatry training rotation for residents at Texas Tech University El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

I am trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) for substance recovery. I approach my work from an assimilative integration of cognitive and interpersonal perspectives. I completed a 60-hour terminal master's degree in counseling at Eastern University and I am a 2013 graduate of the Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology doctorate program at James Madison University. From JMU, I completed a psychology internship at the Cincinnati VAMC before coming to the El Paso VA HCS and I am a licensed psychologist in the state of New Mexico. Prior to working with military veterans, I worked with children and families in the foster care system, and with adults in substance abuse treatment.

Program Reflections


My time at JMU was formative for several reasons. First, the emphasis on theory and critical thinking has helped me to recognize treatment principles across interventions, and has been an invaluable tool in my serving as clinical consultant. Secondly, the program encouraged us to accept the complimentary challenge to both articulate our "version of reality" with substantive information, and accept that we, like everyone else, will strive to have our needs met in the encounter with others. We therefore engage other perspectives in a more respectful, solicitous and empathic manner. A supportive part of this dialog was with my fellow students who seemed tireless in their efforts to learn, and who had diverse experiences they were willing to share. I learned a lot from them as well. Finally, related to clinical work, I felt the professors took an active interest in me and in my development toward the role of psychologist. Professors helped me to be more self-reflective and accepting of my own process, responsive to new information presented in sessions, and developmentally focused with client needs.