It can be difficult and challenging for people to deal with various life struggles. Often people need tools to deal with challenges or may not have a support system to assist with challenges. I have years of experience assisting others of all ages from numerous situations and life experiences, with respect and understanding in a non-judgmental manner. I graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I spent several years working with children, adolescents, and families in residential treatment settings. I then completed my Master's degree at Amberton University in Garland, Texas. I was originally licensed in Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor until relocating to Missouri over 20 years ago, and have been licensed in Missouri since that time. During these years I continued to work primarily with children/adolescents and families in residential treatment helping them transition back home. I have also been employed in outpatient counseling settings assisting all ages. In addition, I worked in an adult correctional setting with substance use disorder clients. I have been active as an advocate in the LGBTQ community, and have worked in emergency shelters with homeless youth and adults. I am currently an elevated needs foster parent for nearly 5 years and have adopted one teenager, and currently pursuing a second adoption. I strongly believe in empowering my clients and challenging them to look at all options for difficulties they are currently experiencing. I believe a positive honest client-therapist relationship is necessary for positive change to occur.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MO LPC 2001007817
FL LPC TPMC2243
Excellent therapist with extremely good "bedside manner" (not sure how else to describe it. Very knowledgeable and experienced, understanding and accommodating.
Written on Aug 26, 2023 after therapy with Joe for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, and coping with life changes
Joe takes the time to listen and gives an open space to talk without fear of judgment. He engages and makes the session go by as easy as possible. He challenges your thinking, but I feel that after the session I am able to think more positively.
Written on Jul 20, 2023 after therapy with Joe for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Joe has been a great help! If you get the chance to have him as your counselor, take it!! I couldn't ask for better!
Written on Jan 21, 2023 after therapy with Joe for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and adhd
Truly grateful to have Joe as my therapist! They are kind, thoughtful and really listen and offer incredibly helpful solutions to any issues I'm dealing with!
Written on Jan 09, 2023 after therapy with Joe for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, and self esteem
Joe is absolutely wonderful! I immediately felt at ease with him, and he has a lovely way of reassuring me when I’m feeling unsure about something. I trust him, and I know he has the experience to help me.
Written on Nov 05, 2022 after therapy with Joe for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
A wonderful human. Makes me feel completely comfortable and understood. He still challenges my long standing concepts in order to make sure that I’m functioning at the most rational levels. I always feel better and more clear minded after our sessions. I feel like I’m better equipped to handle the next days challenges and I look forward to each session and growing emotionally.
Written on Jul 04, 2022 after therapy with Joe for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue