Dr. Beau Washington received his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Beau grew up at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, where his Father was a teacher. While researching depression, Beau also discovered the wide range of difficulties that rumination (dwelling) on problems creates in other mental areas as well.
Beau's active understanding of ruminative thought lead to developing a technique for effectively stopping the painful thoughts that plague distressed individuals. In addition, he developed cognitive models of depression and addiction. His therapy is being piloted in the Primary Care Clinic setting at the University of New Mexico Hospitals. Clinical trials are in the development phase to add Beau’s therapy to the short list of evidenced based therapies now used in therapy. Dr. John Gray at UNM calls his therapeutic approach innovative. Beau understands that part of the key to successful intervention is making psychology consumer friendly, for example, changing the term “cognitive distortion” to “Coyote Thoughts.”
Beau has also developed a Native suicide prevention program called “Coyote Thoughts” ©2011. He has trained Native mental health clinics and presented at reservations as well as regional and national conferences. He writes a syndicated monthly mental health column for Native Americans in Indian Country Today and several tribal newspapers. Visit his website: kickdepression.org.