John Portolano

LCSW

About Me

In 1998, as retirement drew nearer and my career as a firefighter/paramedic was coming to an end, I had a great awareness that I was too young to spend the next twenty years playing golf or sitting on a beach. So, I decided to go back to school. I knew that I wanted to continue helping others and after months of exploring my options I decided that my next life chapter would be as a clinical therapist. Six years later I graduated from the University of South Florida with a master's degree in clinical social work. Over the course of the next twenty years I had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents and adults in a verity of settings. My education and experience extended well beyond my time in the classroom. I honed my skills while working with patients coping with emotional issues, addiction and the dual diagnosed. At present I know that I have the expertise to work with a vast majority of those that seek out help however, I've also learned my therapeutic limitations. Before entering into a therapeutic relationship I have to be certain that I have the expertise to provide the appropriate help or I would be doing my patient a great disservice. My singular goal is to provide you the help you seek.
My therapeutic approach is using Solution Focused Brief Therapy and I've attached some information below to better explain what that is;
Unlike Traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyze problems, pathology and past life events, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one's hope for the future to find a quicker resolution of one's problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to improve your life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions.
I should also add that I'm not a shirt and tie or Dockers and Polo shirt therapist, more than not you'll see me in a t-shirt and shorts. Hopefully that does not dissuade you from coming onto my service but I definitely understand if it does.


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Depression , Coping with life changes , Attachment Issues , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Control Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #SW8292 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for John Portolano. 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 N.I. on Jun 19, 2022 after therapy with John for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

He is immensely helpful. I'm so happy to be back working with him.

Written by B.R. on May 17, 2022 after therapy with John for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

John is the best therapist. He's on time, engaged, takes notes, a great listener but also talks a lot and gives really deep thoughtful advice. I've written a lot of his advice in my journal because it was so well said. Thank you John for what you do!! I always look forward to speaking with John every week. He's helped me to keep my head clear and make healthy choices.

Written by N.O. on Feb 22, 2022 after therapy with John for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, and career difficulties

He’s the actual best

Written by B.E. on Feb 06, 2022 after therapy with John for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

John is incredible at what he does. He is genuine, kind, and truly wants to see his clients succeed. He is direct and honest, which is always appreciated. He always makes sure his clients are actively working to their goal, and knows how to push them in an effective manner.

Written by S.O. on Oct 15, 2021 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and adhd

I’ve had 3 sessions but I am already noticing a improvement in my anxiety. John’s really great at listening and offering useful tools and insight.

Written by N.I. on Sep 13, 2021 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

John is very helpful, insightful, and very responsive

Written by J.O. on Aug 26, 2021 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, compassion fatigue, and adhd

John is honest and supportive, and he is a great listener. He guides me through finding solutions which is what I need.

Written by S.A. on Aug 26, 2021 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, and adhd

John is a good therapist

Written by C.O. on Aug 18, 2021 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

John is very compassionate and caring and I would certainly recommend him if you or your partner are going through addiction.

Work with me!