Hi, my name is Menzo Faassen. I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Tennessee and New Mexico. I received my B.S. in Psychology in 1999 from Middle Tennessee State University and I received my M.S. in Community Counseling from Austin Peay State University in 2009.
I work full time in Farmington, NM (where I moved to in January of 2019). I am working for a community mental health center as a clinical supervisor. I have worked in community mental health and addiction treatment centers since 2007. I have worked with adults and teenagers with trauma, addiction, depression, grief/loss and LGBT issues. I am also a proud member of the LGBT community.
My approach to therapy starts out with the basic Rogerian (person centered approach). But, I also incorporate Psycho dramatic techniques (but I can only do this in a video session) into my approach. Psychodrama is a combination of counseling and theater and is often referred to as Shakespearean Psychology. I start where you are. I believe that you are the expert on you and that this is your therapy not mine. So I will tailor my approach and style to what your goal (not my goal) is. I can be as directive as you need. I can function well dealing with thoughts and emotions, looking for solutions, and even a look into reality.
A few things to be aware of:
1. While you can send messages to me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you may not get an immediate response. Depending on what time you sign up, I could be sleeping, eating, or working with another client. I do respond within 24 hours of getting a new client and often will respond sooner, but you will probably not get an instant response from me. Bear in mind that I do have a full time job that I work during the day. I am not able to respond between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM (mountain time in the US). Please be patient with this.
2. Sending messages back and forth is fine, but you will get more value out of BetterHelp if you schedule a live chat, phone or video session with me. You can do that by selecting the schedule session on the right hand side of the screen.
3. It helps to have a goal in therapy, so one question that I will ask is "what do you want to get out of therapy" or "what brought you to therapy". I only ask so we have a direction to go.
4. The more information I have about you the better. So, in way of introduction, some things you may want to share include (your childhood information, any traumatic events, previous relationships, current relationships, work history, family background/relationships, your previous therapy experience, etc.). In other words, use the first message to give me the autobiography of you.
I have been in counseling myself and know how scary it can be to enter into the process and I try to make this as comfortable as possible. I look forward to walking with you as you begin this journey of healing and transformation.
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes
LPC #3360 (Expires: 2021-02-01)
LPCC #ccmh0201241 (Expires: 2020-09-01)
Menzo Faassen shattered my perception about how a therapist can help. He was courteous, thoughtful, and offered amazing insight. He gave objectivity to a very difficult struggle! I can’t thank him enough.
Menzo has been working with me for only a few weeks and already he’s been able to point out some key things for me to work on. Things that haven’t been pointed out with counselors that I have worked with for many years.
I feel comfortable talking with him. He’s timely and thoughtful with his responses and if he hasn’t heard from me in a few days he always reaches out just to let me know hes there if I need him. It’s been amazing to be able to communicate at my own pace. Seeing an in-person counselor it can be hard to 1- remember everything that’s happened week to week, and 2- try to fit in all my trauma that I’m working through in one hour. With this method, and with Menzo as my counselor, it doesn’t feel as daunting.