Dr. Patricia J. McWhorter, PhD
Serving the entire Tooele County as a psychologist, Patricia McWhorter, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist working with a myriad of issues, and provides psychological testing and evaluation for court-ordered, medical, and general purposes. She also provides intelligence (IQ) testing. She also offers teletherapy to those who live anywhere in the State of Utah.
With over 25 years of experience in her profession, with over 23 years in private practice, Dr. McWhorter specializes in a large variety of psychological issues that include adults with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), grief, depression, anxiety, and more, as well as victims of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
Prior to entering private practice in 1998, she was employed as a Staff Psychologist for a managed care company where she supervised approximately 10 therapists located through Utah, Nevada, and the southwestern portion of Wyoming.
Throughout her education and training, Dr. McWhorter earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, from Westminster College, as well as a Master’s and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychologist from the University of Utah. In recognition of her achievements while in her Ph.D. program, Dr. McWhorter was nominated into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at the University of Utah. Following her formal education, she completed a 1-year post-doctoral fellowship working with perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Also, Dr. McWhorter conducted her doctoral dissertation on the importance of spirituality in our lives, whatever that may be, and interviewed Native Americans of the Hopi, Navajo, Apache, Arapaho, Lakota, and Gila River tribes. She compared those who followed “the Red Path” of Native American spirituality, and those who did not. She ultimately published a Pulitzer Prize Nominee entitled. Cry of Our Native Soul: Our Instinct for Creation-Centered Spirituality based on her dissertation study. More recently, she was recognized by Continental Who’s Who in the field of Medicine as a Lifetime Achiever as Owner & Psychologist of her private practice.
To further her professional development, Dr. McWhorter is a member of the Utah Psychological Association. Also, in the spirit of giving back to her community, she is honored to be designated as therapist-liaison for the Utah Western Region Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) where she sees children as young as infants who have suffered abuse. Her B.A.C.A. role is to assess the child’s immediate needs such as medical care by a pediatrician and/or neurological evaluations for those who have suffered head injuries at the hands of their abuser.
Outside of work, Dr. Patricia enjoys gardening, hiking, and generally being in nature. She also plays several musical instruments. Because she has a special interest in classical Eastern Indian music, she also plays the harmonium.