About

Scot Liepack grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He went to college in Claremont, CA and received his B.A. in Environmental Studies in 1980 from Pitzer College. After spending the next year as a VISTA volunteer in San Francisco, he spent the next 10 years living in California and North Carolina and primarily working as a massage therapist. It was initially his interest in the psychological changes he saw in his massage clients that led him to graduate school in Clinical Psychology.  He received his Doctoral degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Miami, in 1998. He moved to Hawaii to do his post-doctoral work with Kapi`olani Child Protection Center in Oahu. Deciding against a research career to stay in Hawaii, he moved to Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island, in 2001 to participate in the transition of mental health services to the Department of Education. He started seeing clients in private practice in 2002 and pursued that full time starting in 2004. Coming full circle, he returned to Phoenix in September, 2010 to be with his family and pursue advanced training in EMDR. Dr. Liepack’s enthusiasm in his work is heightened by recent advances in the fields of psychology, neuroimaging, and developing theories of love. His work focuses on the science of human relationships. He considers himself a family psychologist and his approach is informed by an understanding of the central role of attachment in human functioning, what happens in successful couples and families, and positive psychology. He has extensive experience in working with children, families, and couples in a variety of settings. His approach is based upon healing the impact of hurtful memories and increasing our capacity for self-regulation. In addition to psycho-education, his therapy practice utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mindful awareness practices, and awareness of somatic responses to life events. Dr. Liepack deeply believes in the healing power of love.