Larry Ford, DBH



Larry Ford, DBH

Larry Ford, DBH

Faculty at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies & Founder of Hands to Guide You

Dr. Larry Ford received his Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science and Ethics from Mid-America Christian University in Moore, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Ford received his Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and he received his Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University.

Inspired by the volumes of studies Dr. Ford completed on how infinitely the psyche affects the body, Dr. Ford founded Hands to Guide You as he fulfilled his doctoral studies in November 2011.

Dr. Ford centers his practice on the certainty that there is no physical health without mental health, and correspondingly Dr. Ford has advanced Hands to Guide You as a preeminent leader in Integrated Care and Population Health. Hands to Guide You, with Dr. Ford at the helm, enjoys distinction for engendering unparalleled patient rehabilitation and recovery rates, and expansive patient health literacy.

Providing and teaching the necessity of integrated care, and the entrenched correlation between emotional well-being and physical health have become Dr. Ford’s trademarks. Hence, Dr. Ford’s esteemed reputation in integrating behavioral and medical health has yielded him requests from all over the nation to serve as a keynote speaker imparting erudition, expertise, and patient success stories. Dr. Ford has spoken and continues to receive invitations to lecture before hundreds of fellow clinicians and additional medical and behavioral health professionals including engagements at:

  • Cummings Graduate Institute 2015 and 2016 fall conferences in Phoenix, Arizona
  • The Clinton Foundation
  • The Oklahoma Department of Human Services
  • The September 2014 Behavioral Health Conference in San Antonio, Texas sponsored by the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers

Dr. Ford equally raises awareness on quality behavioral health care in his podcasts and in radio broadcasts including his show called Holistic Health, which has grown in audience share by 8% since Dr. Ford began hosting the program in October 2016.

Since September 2014, Dr. Ford has been a regular guest speaker on the Los Angeles, California radio show, Parenting Through the Radio, and he instills information on the emotional aspects of health to Dallas, Texas listeners of Life Choice Radio on the Fish Bowl Radio Network. Reflection of Dr. Ford’s commitment to physical health through advanced behavioral health is also accessible in an interview of Dr. Ford available on You Tube..

Dr. Ford’s expertise on the impact of chronic diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, depression, and anxiety on physical health have been published in peer review articles at Arizona State University in October 2014.

Dr. Ford enjoys eminent respect from both his patients and contemporaries as an authority on decreasing excessive health care costs in the state of Oklahoma, which therein has significantly reduced health insurance coverage denial due in great part to Dr. Ford’s accomplishments in holistic treatments. Dr. Ford’s integrated treatment has also decreased hospital re-admission by 30% in southwest Oklahoma City alone.

It is for Dr. Ford’s principal leadership over the compassionate interdisciplinary treatment team at Hands to Guide You, that epitomizes skilled behavioral health services in Oklahoma, and numerous other notable achievements that the Cummings Graduate Institute honored Dr. Ford with the prestigious Biodyne Life Change Award in October 2016.


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The “four questions” of the refocused psychotherapist [in the Biodyne Model] and the concept of the “onion/garlic” psychodynamic enabled me to not only conceptualize a case and plan treatment more rapidly, but to rise to a new level of professional confidence in meeting the behavioral care needs of my patients.

Dr. Gayle Cordes, DBH July 12, 2016

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