Hi. Thanks for reaching out to me.
Let me introduce myself. I'm Joe Wittemann, a licensed professional counselor who's been helping people for over 40 years. Those years have provided me with considerable insight, experience and skills. I'm an immigrant to this country, so I have a sense of what displacement and separation and assimilation means. I've been a single parent, so I understand the rigor of raising children alone. I've completed my formal education, so I understand what struggle and perseverance means. I've remarried, so I know what compromise and acceptance means. I have transitioned from one career to another and understand the potential for positive change. I've been unhappy. I've been frightened. I've been alone. I've felt the pang of depression . And I have grown through these trials. And when I couldn't do it alone, I sought professional help.
My first career was teaching and working with students. That lasted almost 25 years. Early in that career, I helped establish the Teen Institute on Alcohol and Drugs in Ohio. That led me to a 40 year involvement with adults in addiction recovery programs. I continue that work today. In my second career, I worked with organizations and industries struggling through major change initiatives. In those settings, I've helped individuals facing forced separation, transfer, and loss. I've also mentored leaders who struggled with the changes that they had to enact. I'm a consultant to a crisis response group serving companies experiencing workforce disruption.
I appreciate the courage it takes to pick up a phone and call for help, or to push the enter button on a computer to search for it. Bravo. Now I'd like you to consider some of my beliefs about the counseling relationship and my approach to working with people. I consider this relationship a sacred trust and protect it from outside influence. The time we spend together is solely for your benefit .
I believe that each individual inherently knows what is good or beneficial for them. Together we affirm that. Rather than looking at life as a series of problems to be solved, we explore opportunities for growth and development. What we think about is crucial to the way we behave or act. So exploring your thoughts about certain issues will help us find solutions to them.
All of us are concerned with security and privacy. The BetterHelp platform provides for both. To that I add, a personal commitment to honor your privacy while in session and afterwards. Only with your permission can any information be released, unless otherwise ordered by a court of law. HIPPA policies are always in effect to safeguard personal/private information.
Counseling is considered conversation between you and me. My role is to help clarify the concerns you bring to the conversation to help find solutions to them. Early on in our discussion, I will ask for more clarification to the issue(s) you present so that together we understand the core and tangential concerns. Together we will endeavor to find practical solution. And, if needed employ the aid of other health care professionals should medications be considered.
I use a pragmatic approach to therapy, which I find moves the process along comfortably for the people I work with. That means, education and goal setting are important elements in moving forward. Cognitive processing and mindfulness are two critical components in achieving continuing mental well-being. So I do focus on how thinking affects how we feel and act..I consider, with the patients with whom I work, how brain chemistry add to stress responses and teach my clients on how to better manage it.
I typically schedule 45 to 60 minutes with my clients. That allows us to explore more fully the concerns that you bring to the experience and to spend time needed to work toward resolution. That does limit the number of clients I see in a weeks time so that appointments are usually schedule every other week.
Also, being on the East Coast, can be a challenge for clients who live in different time zones. If you do choose to work with me, I will attempt to meet your needs as best as I can. At this point in time, I do not work in the evenings, but I do provide some opportunity on Saturdays. My appointment schedule is available for you to see so that you may make and informed decision as we go forward together.
If you believe that I might be a good fit for you, please contact me. We will see how we can work together to help you meet your needs.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Coping with life changes
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy
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These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. K. Joseph "Joe" Wittemann. 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.
I've worked with Dr. Whittemann over the past year, and can't recommend him enough. He understands my concerns, listens to me, and provides excellent advice. I look forward every week to spending my hour with him.
I am so happy with Dr. Joe.It’s so great to have someone to talk to every week and Keep me on the right track. I consider him my therapist and my friend!
When I know I need help, Dr. Wittemann always be my first chioce. I know he could help me. And I have confidence that he will help me out of my situation.
Dr. Whitman is excellent!
Dr Wittemann (Joe) is extremely personable. He is very insightful and supportive. I would recommend him to anyone who is seeking therapy.
My therapist don't take sides. He listens and offers advice. He's not judgemental.
We’ve only done 2 sessions and all I can say Dr. Witteman is great. Very professional. Looking forward to more sessions. Thanks Dr.
Dr. Wittemann seems genuinely interested in my mental health, and also being certain that he's the right counselor to help me. He's direct and helpful. I like his style.
Dr. Joe is amazing! He is a genuinely kind person and a fantastic listener. He has helped me work through a really tough time. I feel so lucky to have him in my life.
Dr. Joe is incredible. He is thought provoking, patient, and kind. He presents alternative thoughts and viewpoints and is amazing. He has helped me with many different things and has changed my life. I highly recommend him.
It’s not often the Universe converges to place the right person in your life at exactly the right time, but when it does, you know it. That is how I feel about Dr. Wittemann. Not only is he highly educated and knowledgeable in the field of psychology, he understands and applies the tenets of neuroscience to our conversations. And, as if that wasn’t enough, he shows genuine kindness and compassion to me during this difficult, though necessary, recovery process. I am grateful to him and BetterHelp for serving as my conduit to a better version of myself. Thank you.
Dr.Wittemann helped has helped me a lot and I would highly recommend him as he is professional, polite, and just someone you like to talk to.
Dr. Wittemann is stupendous! his experience in the field truly shows! He is modest about his ability, yet proves his capacities with finesse. I recommend Dr. Wittemann to anyone that needs a benevolent, understanding, educated person that truly takes the time and care to listen to what you are saying and how you are feeling.
Thank You Dr. Wittemann
DR. Joe was great and very insightful. He took the time to listen to me and took time to find out what my issues were. He then gave me many examples and ideas for how to navigate through these matters to make me happy. I appreciated him and his expertise.
Amazing therapist. Listens. Advises. Creates a plan with goals.
Dr. Wittemann is a wonderful counselor. I am grateful for betterhelp and for the advice and guidance he gave to me during our counseling sessions. It made all of the difference.
Dr. Wittemann is an excellent listener who gives very thoughtful feedback and helpful strategies to try every session. I feel like all my sessions with Dr. Wittemann are productive and help me feel more peaceful about my day to day life.
Dr. Wittemann is an excellent therapist. He listens and will help you get to the root of your problems.
I was hesitant as Ive interviewed many counselors and to my sadness, many are not able to understand my particular situation. Dr Wittemann instantly understood me. I appreciate the candor and understanding he brings to healing from trauma, how interpersonal communication works and being able to step into my head space to know where I am so that he can guide me back toward the path to mental health.
He understands exactly what I am going through and gives me actionable advice that makes sense and a really works for me.
Dr. Whittemann is a wonderful counselor, he listens and answer all my questions. I would highly recommend him.
My time working with Dr Joe has been helpful so far in terms of me being willing to get to the main issue right away and him meeting there. It's easy to tell he cares for his clients and wants to see them succeed.
Dr. Wittemann provided a safe environment so I could share my concerns. He patiently listens and helped me come up with meaningful/feasible solutions. Even the very first session helped me with the insight needed to resolve some of the major issues I was facing. I am grateful knowing Dr. Wittemann.
This doctor is great he really understands me and I don't feel like he's judging me or telling me what to do...
Dr. “Joe” is awesome and I appreciate him and all he has done for me. I love the fact that he also checks on me. It makes me feel important to him, just as he is to me. Please share my response with him if you like