Charles Galyon, Ph.D.
I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and mostly grew up here as well. Apparently I’ve never really sounded like I was from here nor did I seem to quite acquire the cultural customs usually associated with the area. I’ve had a lifetime of experiences that I can draw on to relate to some of my young clients who are struggling with challenges and I am immensely grateful when I can be there for them. I sincerely believe that they all long for the opportunity to make others proud of them and would if they only saw how and that they can. I’ve had a strange career ranging from technology and video game development to teaching and psychological work. I’ve been fortunate to be able to pursue most of my interests and to have the companionship of others as I do so. I now enjoy raising my two sons who fill me with immense joy and anxiety!
Charles E. Galyon, PhD
1. What was your first real job?:
My first job was at a Food City when I was 15 years old. However, I would consider my first real job to be as a video game developer at 22 years old, the opportunity for which arose from the intense boredom I felt while living abroad for half a year!
2. What has been your favorite book and why?:
I’m unsure, but I think The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell because of how it helped me shift my paradigm with regard to life, happiness, and my role in the world as one part of a continuous stream of lives. Another favorite is The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.
3. How do you describe your sense of humor?:
It may be subtle and unusual. I really enjoy when the perpetrator of a joke doesn’t feel it necessary to explain or point out when a joke has occurred.
4. What's your current focus in your work?:
I’ve been doing a lot of work with anxiety both in regards to treating problematic rigid behaviors that arise from it as well as trying to improve our understanding of anxiety and related challenges.
5. What kind of patient would you like to see more?:
I really enjoy working with kids and their families. I find it incredibly gratifying to see a child and family begin to understand and compassionately support each other.
6. What would you like KAPA to provide in the future?:
Opportunities for local clinicians to connect and collaborate so we can build on what we can provide for our community.
7. What guilty pleasure can you not live without?:
Magnum Salted-Caramel Ice Cream. My body doesn’t like dairy, but I love that ice cream and could eat an entire pint in one sitting and then regret it for the rest of the day.
8. Name two people who have inspired you?:Fred Rogers and Carl Sagan both inspired me because of their selfless, genuine passion for improving the lives of others. They seemed capable of setting aside themselves so they could engage more with what mattered to them.
9. What is a common point of frustration in your current work?:
10. What’s one thing - either psychology related or not - you learned in the last month?:I’ve been doing a lot of reading on functional neurological disorders and misophonia lately, which has given me a new perspective on the function of problematic behaviors that tend to show up with other forms of anger. Thanks to our field, though, there’s always so much new to learn!