Joseph Rifici

(M.Ed., LPCC-S)

About Me

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor with over 10 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.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Codependency , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPCC #E.0900203-SUPV (Expires: 2021-07-01)


Written by B.R. on Feb 22, 2021 after counseling with Joseph for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and adhd

Joe is AWESOME!!!

Written by Z.O. on Dec 27, 2020 after counseling with Joseph for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Joe is wonderful! When I joined BetterHelp, I was extremely pessimistic because I've been to so many councilors and therapists that just made me feel worse every time I left a session but Joe is the exact opposite!! He is MARVELOUS! It is relaxed and judgrment free and he has helped me work through some long standing issues and without him, I don't think I'd be on my way to healing right now. 12/10 would recommend Joe to anyone

Written by E.L. on Nov 04, 2020 after counseling with Joseph for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Jo is an awesome, flexible, understanding, counselor whose unbiased opinions coupled with his genuine kindness has been so refreshing

Written by T.O. on Sep 16, 2020 after counseling with Joseph for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Joseph is a kind, intelligent, understanding councilor, who has given me some very helpful suggestions for dealing with issues that I have.

I’m not sure I could have found a more useful individual.

Written by V.I. on Jul 29, 2020 after counseling with Joseph for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Joe is seriously the best. He asks great questions that makes you think and is very encouraging and supportive as you talk things out together. Couldn't recommend him enough and a very stand-up guy!

Written by L.Y. on Jul 24, 2020 after counseling with Joseph for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem

Understanding and supportive. Joseph makes counseling a very comfortable experience