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Joseph Rifici (He/Him), LPCC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor with over 13 years of practice in the field of counseling. In 2006 I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and in 2009 I graduated from the University of Akron with a Master of Arts in Education degree for Community Counseling. I began my career as a counselor at IBH Addiction Recovery Center (Interval Brotherhood Home), a residential treatment center for chemical dependencies in Akron Ohio. While at IBH I worked as part of a treatment team, and delivered individual therapy, group therapy, brief family therapy, crisis intervention, and case management services to adult men suffering from addictions and co-occurring mental disorders. In 2015 I was promoted to assistant clinical director at IBH, which shifted my focus to supervising counselors and case managers, directing the men’s treatment team, coordinating admissions and discharges, and co-administering an electronic health record software. I have specialized training in trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, and addiction treatment. I also received specific, advanced training on Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia.
Since 2018 I have been working in private organizations delivering treatment services to adults with a range of mental health issues. I primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral methods with a warm approach, and will tailor my style based on the needs of my clients.
I live in Ohio and spend my free time reading, listening to music, hiking, visiting with family and friends, and hanging out with my cat, Charlie.

Professional experience

13yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Anger management Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Divorce and separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-love, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information

OH LPCC E.0900203-SUPV


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Joseph Rifici (He/Him). 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.

Joe's a great therapist, and a great listener. He does an excellent job at relating to me and still pointing out areas for me to bring my attention and focus to.

Written on Mar 07, 2024 after therapy with Joseph for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Joe is an empathetic, skilled, and practical therapist who has helped me a lot in just a few sessions.

Written on Feb 23, 2024 after therapy with Joseph for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Joseph listened to all my concerns and created a plan tailored to my needs. I appreciate the individual attention.

Written on Feb 15, 2024 after therapy with Joseph for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and anger management

I am so grateful that I was matched with Joe. Part of the fear of starting therapy is if you will be able to connect with your therapist and if they will understand where you're coming from or not. Joe is an amazing person who listens, relates with me, and gives me tools to overcome problems I'm facing, goals to reach, and everything else I'm looking for. Thank you for being a part of this platform and working with me!

Written on Jan 08, 2024 after therapy with Joseph for 1 month on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Joseph is a very down to earth and centered human. His calm presence and demeanor as he actively listens and engages with you and the topics you choose to bring up is comforting. I'd recommend Joseph to anyone looking for a calm, relatable, therapist & presence. Joseph not only cares about your mental health and well being but he also got to know me past just the surface level, wanting to know me (if I was okay with it) on a more personal but professional level so he could understand and really do everything he could to help! - Josephs a Great guy!

Written on Dec 06, 2023 after therapy with Joseph for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and

Highly recommend.

Written on Sep 28, 2023 after therapy with Joseph for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief