Hello alI, I am Greggus Yahr, and in the local vernacular I am "from away"(Maine speak for "not native"), though I've been in Maine 25 plus years.
Originally from Southern California (Los Angeles, what is now Marina Del Rey before it was the Marina), I came to Maine by way of the Caribbean and when winter begins (and before skiing starts) it’s hard not to think I came the wrong direction; however, when sailing along the Maine coast, it surely is the right direction.
If you cut me, I bleed salt water. I am a passionate sailor (racing) first and foremost, followed by a dog lover (my irrepressible Border Collie is puttering about my feet as I type this and my late chocolate lab’s picture is staring at me from my phone ), then in no particular order a father, grandfather (5 times over), husband, skier, friend, confidant, teacher/learner and irreverent therapist. Unfortunately, to indulge my two passions, racing sailboats and learning, I've had to engage in that four-letter word WORK and earn a living. At various times that work has been in education, (I've taught in every grade except kindergarten, through graduate school, then spent 10 years as a school psychologist), in the theatre as an actor and director, captaining other people's boats, and for most of the time I've been in Maine, mental health.
I am currently in private practice and I spend my days being a program consultant to group homes for children and adults with developmental disabilities and severe emotional disorders. My consultation often involves an applied behavioral analysis or cognitive behavioral framework, individual patient services encompassing psychological, neuropsychological, academic evaluations with all ages, and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, young adults, and families, emphasizing a Cognitive Behavioral and or Dialectical Behavior Therapy framework. I am a DBT trainer and supervisor and I hold licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), a Psychological Examiner (LPE), and the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential.
I have always loved learning and teaching and as my schedule allowed taught courses for some of the local community colleges and the University of New England. About 4 years ago, I became faculty in a graduate on-line psych program and joined Goddard in the spring of 2013. Being associated with Goddard as faculty is something I relish, as the model Goddard follows is one I’m quite familiar with from own doctoral program and one that I firmly embrace.