About Me

My approach to treatment is very much informed by how I try to live my own life. As the saying goes “teachers teach what they most need to learn themselves”. I am not a big proponent of some of earlier styles of Psychoanalytic treatment whereby the therapist gives little information to the client about themselves, and then waits passively for the patient to begin a process of “projection”. While I do think boundaries are very important within the therapeutic relationship, boundaries that are too rigid can impede treatment and create an atmosphere of distrust on the part of the client. Oprah Winfrey was once asked the question in an interview “what do you know for sure”. She was so stumped by the question that she started to use the question in her own interviews with some of her guests. So here is one thing that I know for sure after 20 years of practice: Clients cannot heal in an environment where they do not feel safe. So, first and foremost, my job is to create a therapeutic relationship that fosters a sense of safety. Once that is established, exploration of things that may have once seemed to be too frightening to look at, suddenly seem less daunting and manageable to explore. My job is to create an environment that feels safe and free of judgement, so that the client is able to explore solutions, or process experiences that may have felt too overwhelming to address in the past. Healing only takes place when human beings feel safe enough to be vulnerable, to experience and express feelings that may have long remained in the unconscious. To my thinking, the purpose of therapy is to raise consciousness, increase mindfulness, improve coping skills, and assist clients in discovering their own innate abilities and personal strengths.


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 21

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #sw7140 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Chad Spencer. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by L.A. on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, coaching, and adhd

I couldn’t do it without Chad! He is very insightful, caring and a great listener. As he says he is just the mirror and most of the time I just need to look to see what is already know.

Written by M.A. on Jun 09, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Chad is great

Written by S.T. on Jun 03, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Excellent therapist. Listen and remember very well. Provides excellent resources. Chad really goes above and beyond and really helped me through some tough times. Can't recommend him highly enough.

Written by D.A. on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, lgbt, and relationship issues

Chad is amazing. He’s helping amazingly !!

Written by C.H. on May 21, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and adhd

The ap asked me to review, and while we’re just getting started I’m happy to submit a review of my three sessions so far with Chad Spencer. He listens, and must take excellent notes after the call because he ties things back to our previously conversations seamlessly. I appreciate his balanced perspectives and the role he will play in me processing my experiences, and then radiating a clear minded best self to the world and for my daughter.

Written by M.O. on May 17, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Chad really listens to you and cares about what's going on and what you have to say, it doesn't just go in one ear and out the other.

Written by M.A. on May 17, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Excellent therapist. I highly recommend Chad

Written by O.C. on May 07, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and lgbt

OMG!!! I’m sooo grateful to have paired with Chad. He’s always attentive, he responded to my messages even when it wasn’t my day for therapy And wasn’t annoyed with me and he’s NEVER made me feel stupid about my choices. He’s given realistic solutions and he’s helping me know who I am and how to navigate what that looks like for Me. I know he can’t see everyone but I will Definitely recommend him for my friends and family because I know what he’s doing for me. Chad has been a true blessing to me, my emotions and my mental. Thank you Chad!! You’re appreciated more than you know!!!

Written by S.H. on May 06, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Chad is such an empathetic and supportive therapist. I am working through issues regarding polyamory and asexuality, and Chad has been very validating of my identities. Our sessions provide me with a safe space to be unapologetically myself as I work to unwind insecurities that stem from being told my whole life (by loved ones and/or society) what romantic relationships are "supposed" to look like.

Written by A.B. on May 02, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Super relatable and approaches everything in an extremely comfortable way at my own pace. Always fun and comfortable I really appreciate how interactive he is because that was my biggest concern with doing online therapy.

Written by B.I. on Apr 02, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 10 months on issues concerning depression, and coping with life changes

Chad is very friendly and is very easy to talk with.

Written by T.O. on Feb 26, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, an

He is honestly the best therapist I have ever had!

Written by M.I. on Feb 05, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Chad Spencer has been of great assistance to me as an effective listener and offering observations in return. Although it has been a brief amount of time, I feel that he is knowledgeable and trustworthy. I recommend him highly.

Written by K.E. on Feb 04, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

Chad has helped immensely in the past & has been my steady compass for many follow up sessions. Highly recommend

Written by M.O. on Jan 21, 2022 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coaching

I have never been a person to turn to therapy. I have always been the rock in my family. It took a lot for me to realize I needed help and I have to admit I was very worried and sensitive about what the process would look like. Chad has been amazing. He is knowledgeable but also personable. It is a comfortable conversation where he is providing thoughtful feedback and demonstrates a healthy way of pushing my boundaries to accept the change I am looking for. I have no doubts that this is the right course of action and I have no doubts that Chad will help me become the person I want to be.

Written by N.I. on Dec 31, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Chad genuinely cares and wants you to succeed!

Written by R.I. on Nov 22, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Chad is the real deal! He is so authentic and I always feel better after our sessions!

Written by B.R. on Nov 11, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks

Chad is always insightful and very considerate.

Written by A.R. on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks

Chad is very personable and easy to talk to. He has great advise with easy to follow strategies

Written by K.A. on Nov 06, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

I was very skeptical about BetterHelp when I signed up, but after filling out the questionnaire I was matched with Chad. He has been nothing but awesome and has taken the time to get to know me and understand my troubles. I still have a ways to go, but he's been very good at helping me work through some of my stress and helping me figure out what I think I need to do.

Written by K.A. on Nov 03, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem

Chad has been helpful in only a few sessions. He’s down to earth and practical which I like. I’m looking forward to more sessions.

Written by A.N. on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Chad is the best counselor I’ve ever had. He has it all: the skill, the experience, the empathy, and the ability to make you feel like you’re talking with your best friend instead of a therapist. Before Chad I never had that in a therapist. He’s been incredibly helpful to me the last few months, and I’m grateful for him.

Written by N.O. on Sep 29, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

He’s great

Written by B.R. on Aug 24, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Chad has been amazing! He is very smart and gets right to the point.

Written by P.A. on Aug 23, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, and relationship issues

Awesome listener!

Written by M.A. on Jul 19, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

The best thing about chad is he’s not a super serious therapist he makes you feel comfortable and is pretty comical. Things don’t always have to be so tense with hun and that’s the best part!

Written by D.A. on May 24, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Chad is easy to talk to and provides a lot of insight. I really appreciate our conversations as it’s provided a new outlook for me.

Written by A.M. on May 11, 2021 after therapy with Chad for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Very responsive, supportive, and helpful for my recovery efforts!

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