Hi, my name is John Reid and welcome to the BetterHelp platform. Thank you for allowing me to provide you with Professional Counseling Services and thank you for considering me as your Therapist/Counselor. The five most important personal and professional characteristics that I consider necessary for a successful Counselor are: to be a good listener, to be non-judgmental, to genuinely care about people, to be professionally trained, and to be experienced.
Yes, experience is necessary. I was ordained as a Pastor in 1968 while in college. I have pastored two churches and served as a Director of Missions for a Baptist Association of 50 churches for more than 20 years. Afterwards, I began being a Professional Counselor for the next twenty-two years at a Counseling Agency, a Baptist Residential Cottage serving teen age boys and their families, as a Therapist with two different Mental Health agencies, as a therapist in public schools, and as a BetterHelp Counselor working with Clients in the US from the Pacific to the Atlantic and working with International Clients in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, and from Canada to Mexico in North America.
Yes, education is necessary. I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1976 and used the Counselor training in my church work. I became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2007 and recently completed a four year training program in Gestalt Therapy.
While education, training, and experience are important, nothing replaces a willingness and an ability to listen at a deep human level and relate one to one.
Along life’s journey I have made some mistakes. Out of these experiences I have learned that everyone, no matter who you are or what station in life you are, makes mistakes. Experiencing forgiveness is important. One can recover from mistakes and move forward. And I learned not to be judgmental. I will not judge you.
All of my life experiences have taught me to genuinely care for others and the concerns they have in their lives.
I have helped many people, adults and children, with a variety of Mental Health Issues included but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, various Mood Disorders, ADHD, Low Self-Esteem, Marriage and Divorce, Divorce Reaction, Blended Families, and Anger Management issues to mention a few.
My wife and I have been married for forty-seven years. We have two successful daughters and a beautiful granddaughter.
When doing Christian counseling, I use the Bible as a text and not as a weapon. I do not believe in using the Bible to beat people over the head with it. I believe that love in all its expressions heals.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Men's Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Sexuality
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
NC LCMHC 6678
Therapy with Rev. Reid has been very beneficial to me and my healing.
Written on Feb 18, 2024 after therapy with John for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse
Rev. Reid is a strong active listener and has many years of experience to relate to your situations. He offers strong un-biased feedback that is challenges you to think differently about situations you are in.
Written on Feb 16, 2024 after therapy with John for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd
Rev. Reid has been my therapist since 6/8/22. He is a great listener, communicator, is not judgmental, and extremely knowledgeable and professional in his field of expertise in dealing with Mental Health!!! Totally recommend him to anyone dealing with Mental Health Issues!
Written on Nov 30, 2023 after therapy with John for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, and coping with life changes
Great guy who listens and does not judge
Written on May 19, 2023 after therapy with John for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
I've had the pleasure of working with Rev John Reid. He has been very thoughtful and helpful with a loss I am trying to work through and live with. He has kindly offered advice and resources to help me navigate this rough stretch and I am grateful for his expertise.
Written on May 05, 2023 after therapy with John for 3 weeks
Rev. Reid is first and foremost a great listener! I consider this the most important quality! I believe he is sincere in his desire to help people and admire his accomplishments in life, respecting him as my elder! I also think his divulgement of life experience is appropriate and relevant!
Written on Apr 26, 2023 after therapy with John for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, anger management, bipolar disorder, and compassion fatigue