Welcome to Better Help! You've taken a big step, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt this way when I first came to Better Help. It is a journey of discovery that I hope you take.
My name is Joseph Fernandez, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor in the state of Indiana. Please call me "Jose" and feel free to ask me why I go by that name. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Interpersonal Practice, from Indiana University in 1997. I've worked in many different settings doing individual, group and family therapy with those who have experienced a variety of personal issues such as depression/anxiety, stress, family problems, trauma/abuse, addictions of all kinds (chemical AND behavioral), grief, relationships/parenting and more.
Over the past 20+ years as a clinician, my experience has taught me that the most important aspect of counseling by far is the connection and comfort you feel with the person you choose to share your personal struggles. I believe we can all grow through challenging experiences by increasing our knowledge and self-awareness. Sometimes a person who is outside our immediate circle can offer a perspective or additional support that give us movement on a difficult situation when we feel stuck. It would be my privilege to be that person for you. We all want to be able to share our personal truths and stories, to be heard, accepted and understood. I believe it's very important to be open-minded and non-judgmental when someone shares their personal story or experiences with me. Our relationship with our self and others has worth and is useful to explore in counseling.
You are welcome to message me anytime through Better Help. The frequency with which you can have access to a counselor to work through day to day emotions and problem solving is extremely beneficial for most and a nice change from traditional outpatient counseling. I usually check messages twice each day, first thing in the morning and later in the evenings, seven days per week. I offer messaging, live chat and phone sessions with a large amount of availability in the mornings, limited basis in late evenings and limited time on weekends. Please note that what you see in my calendar may not reflect my only availability so you always want to check that out with me through messaging first.
I look forward to working with you and welcome to Better Help!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Blended Family Issues , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , HIV / AIDS , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Impulsivity , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Phobias , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Trichotillomania , Workplace Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #34005750A (Expires: 2022-04-01)
Jose is personable and friendly. He understands what I say and has the great ability to read between the lines and pick up on the key issues. He's non judgemental and I feel like he's always on my side. He has really helped me through a tough time
Great counselor. Highly Recommend.
José has really helped me in finding the proper coping skills with my anxiety and reassuring me that I’m going just fine.
I’ve never felt the need or sought out professional counselling before, so it was with some apprehension when I made the decision. I must have been very fortunate to be matched with Jose straight off the bat as he’s made my experience warm, rewarding and extremely useful in relation to me and my position. His approach is friendly and approachable, he listens and gives tough but meaningful and relevant objectives to deal with the issues at hand. Even to the extent of recommending a documentary about an octopus! I’ve come such a long way since talking to Jose, I’m almost tempted to say ‘job done’ in just four months. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jose in a heartbeat.
Jose is helping me through a difficult time, is extremely responsive and supportive. I am glad I was matched with him.
Jose has been particularly influential in me gaining significant social confidence and really allowing me to vent. I feel in the short time we have been working together I have de-stressed dramatically in a period where my own work would have normally would’ve sent me over board.
He has been amazing. I don't feel judged. He is open and I've been able to communicate like I haven't with anyone else I've seen.
Jose has the unique ability to make you laugh and feel optimistic even in your worst moments. I appreciate him and his work greatly. I truly believe anyone would be lucky to talk with him.
When I talked to him it was the first time for me to feel safe to tell anybody about my issues.. such a great counselor.
Much respect to him!
Jose has been outstanding and continues to guide me through some difficult issues. I have improved in so many ways with his assistance.
Jose is a great counselor!! I recommend him to anyone!
I’ve been working with Jose for a few weeks now, and he has been nothing less than supportive, caring and empathetic (and I could go on!). I always look forward to our video sessions as he is extremely compassionate about supporting myself and I’m sure everybody he works with. I have seen therapists in the past, but Jose has offered the best and most effective support of all. I have never felt so accepted and heard. Jose’s work is professional and efficient all whilst being just like a friend who you can share anything with. Everybody should have a Jose in their life!
Awesome to work with! Challenges me to continually work on things, but not feeling pushy. He’s very understanding and supportive. Non judgmental. Flexible schedule for me as he understands I have a small child that sometimes needs my attention while we are in session!