Hi, I'm Patrick, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania with over 25 years of experience helping people in various settings. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Widener University with a focus on behavioral medicine and health psychology, learning the amazing ways in which we can improve or regain health and wellness using the power of the mind. Then, while working on an inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit, I witnessed the damaging effects of trauma, abuse and neglect and so I returned to school at Temple University and earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology to be better equipped to help others deal with life's many challenges.
I have worked in clinical, educational and correctional facilities providing individual counseling, conducting workshops and seminars on stress management, making healthy choices and other topics, as well as running psycho-educational group programs for violence prevention, drug abuse prevention, relapse prevention and anger management. I have continued to provide outpatient therapy addressing a number of issues - anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief and loss, work and career problems, relationship issues, life transitions and more. No matter what type of challenges you are facing, I believe we all have the capacity to improve ourselves and live more authentic, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Success in any endeavor is a process of developing awareness, gaining acceptance and taking effective action. My style is supportive and empowering, using elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and positive psychology to educate and inspire others to master these skills. I take a holistic approach to counseling, looking at every aspect of a person's life to identify strengths, build resiliency and encourage growth. I am also sensitive to the needs and challenges of individuals from different groups, including racial, cultural, LGBT, differently abled or other. I respect the values and experiences of my clients and I aspire to see the world from their perspective as we work towards the life they want to live.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coaching
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy
PA LPC PC005122
Patrick has guided me to understand my predicaments which allowed me towards mental happiness and well being each week. I am very blessed to have such an amazing therapist.
Written on May 10, 2023 after therapy with Patrick for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes
Written on Feb 06, 2023 after therapy with Patrick for 1 month on issues concerning depression, and addictions
Great therapist, always prompt, on time, and is a fantastic listener.
Written on Jan 03, 2023 after therapy with Patrick for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue
I like working with Patrick. He understands my concerns and we are actively working on ways to control my anxiety.
Written on Oct 13, 2022 after therapy with Patrick for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Finding the right therapist is always a challenge. What works for me may not work for you, but for me Patrick is a really good choice. He listens well and is engaged, and has lots of suggestions for me. He is an active therapist, by which I mean that he gives suggestions of strategies to work on whatever I'm talking about, shares anecdotes from his own life that relate to what I'm talking about, offers his summary if I'm rambling, and if I don't agree with his summary it's fine, it's just a jumping off point anyway... I guess my point is that if you want someone who will listen supportively but not say much, then you need someone else. But if you want someone who gets right there in the fray with you, and actively helps you figure out how to handle your hurdles, then I'd say give Patrick a try.
Written on Mar 14, 2022 after therapy with Patrick for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning grief
Patrick is a fantastic listener. Specifically when I talk-through a situation in monologue format, or struggle to stay on topic; Patrick is always following along, guiding me through the issue. As a person who often feels misunderstood, Patrick does a wonderful job of making me feel heard.
Written on Jan 12, 2022 after therapy with Patrick for 3 months on issues concerning depression, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching