Dr. Andrew Goebel



Place of Employment:    Western State Hospital



Role with Internship:      Instructor


Dr. Andrew Goebel received his M.S. degree in 2016, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in 2019. His emphasis was in Diversity and Community Mental Health. His research focus was cultural influences on psychological practice, especially suicide risk assessment. An extension of this was his dissertation, Suicidal Ideation and Decision Making in a Depressed Sample. Undergraduate studies were completed at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a major in Psychology and minor in Philosophy.


Dr. Goebel’s theoretical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and drawing from a strength-based perspective. He has an increased appreciation for third-wave techniques such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Psychological assessment, especially neuropsychology, is a budding interest. He has worked with populations from preteens to geriatrics. Mainly practicing within governmental systems, he has found a special fondness working with people who have serious and persistent mental illness, both in outpatient and inpatient settings. Supervision style is flexible and based on the needs of the learner. He enjoys answering questions and works best when a student is curious and eager and open to the learning process.


Outside of work, Dr. Goebel enjoys hanging out with his wife and fur-baby either hiking, exploring new restaurants, or cozying up with TV series, interests ranging from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to reality shows. Other interests include cooking, reading on diverse topics, traveling and trying not to act like a tourist, and enjoying geeky things from board games to superhero movies.


So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.  –Norton Juster