About Me

My goal as your therapist is to "help you through"; the challenges that you are currently facing. My clients see me as a compassionate listener with a huge tool box of ways to counteract these challenges. These clients present with issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse issues and relationship problems.
I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a minor in Psychology; Boston University School of Theology with a major in Pastoral Counseling; and with an MSSW from the Universoty of Louisville majoring in Mental Health. I have also studied at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the Family Institute of Cincinnati.
I use evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I use mindfulness techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique and IRest Yoga Nidra.
I see myself as a holistic practioner who listens to each client to understand their personal goals and how my skills might best help them.
Specialities:
--Stress, anxiety
--Addictions
--Self esteem
--Depression
--PTSD/Trauma and Abuse.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IN LCSW 34002114A


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Paul Mefford. 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.

Written on Nov 16, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, and self esteem

Helps me across a variety of topics regarding my mental health.

Written on Oct 29, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Paul is great

Written on Oct 24, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, and self esteem

Simply the best!

Written on Jul 27, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

He has been amazing at helping me understand myself and figure out what needs to get done for my happiness. Provides excellent sources and provides a great environment for expressing my concerns

Written on Jun 21, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, coping with life changes, and coaching

Paul is an experienced and friendly therapist. He listened to my challenges patiently and offers relevant and useful guidance and techniques to tap into our mind and overcome what in the right perspective are mostly superficial challenges of this world that sometimes unnecessarily bother us.

Written on Apr 27, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and anger management

Open minded, calm, and helpful when dealing with issues. Has multiple tools he can use efficiently when dealing with clients. He helped me move forward from some issues in my childhood

Written on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, family conflicts, coping with life changes, adhd, career difficulties, sleeping disorders, and lgbt

Kind and insightful therapist who draws from a lot of different disciplines and techniques in addressing my issues.

Written on Feb 10, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, and career difficulties

Paul is flexible in his approach and has many tools to support his clients a number of which I benefited from in his sessions. He has a way of asking pertinent questions that drill right down to the heart of the matter and is open to shifting an approach that may not be working for the client, in that moment to one that is better suited.

Written on Dec 30, 2021 after therapy with Paul for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Paul is very warming, always helped me a lot with my concerns and listened!

Written on Dec 22, 2021 after therapy with Paul for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, adhd, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

Paul is a phenomenal person that helps and when asked, challenges me to strive and to push for better. They ask questions and they show a perspective that is enlightening even to the most hear-broken ones. It's such a confidence-booster to know that I'm not crazy and Paul gives clarity in your life.

Written on Nov 19, 2021 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Paul has a great understanding of what issues I would like to work though. Working with him has been very effective in my day to day and I recommend him if you are seeking a new therapist.

Written on Oct 16, 2021 after therapy with Paul for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Paul Mefford is a very competent, empathic and kind therapist. He has helped me alot working through a difficult time in my life.

Written on Oct 11, 2021 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

So far he's been quite patient with me and listening to the different tangents that converge on what's been troubling me. And it's easy to get his point and advice, too.

Written on Aug 31, 2021 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and grief

Paul is a perfect match for me. I was skeptical because it's been difficult to find the right therapist. I'm really impressed with how the betterhelp site matched me up with someone who checks all of the boxes. Paul's been great in helping me understand where I'm at and helping me get to where I want to be. My first session with him was very emotional for me - I was in crisis mode and Paul was well equipped to respond. He brought me back down to Earth and helped me to see things in the right perspective. Getting past the grief crisis I was in was instrumental in opening the door to work on the real underlying issues. Paul has a very friendly, no nonsense approach and he's very good at what he does. I couldn't be happier and frankly, I really don't know how I'd have gotten through the last couple of weeks without his support.

Written on Jul 27, 2021 after therapy with Paul for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

I am very happy to have Paul as my counselor. He is an excellent listener, suggests different approaches for guidance, whether a book, podcast and article or his own experiences. Whatever it may be, the guidances and tools are very helpful and sometime enjoyable (Interviews or podcasts). Paul is caring and kind and has a way about him that makes you want to tell him everything; without ever feeling judged. I actually look forward to our sessions, which I can say, I have never felt that way about therapy before.....So that's how I know I am well matched with this counselor. I feel fortunate to have connected with Paul. I think a lot about our discussions and can see my growth and progress in a few months time. I highly recommend Paul.

Written on May 26, 2021 after therapy with Paul for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Paul is Fantastic . Very nice to talk , full of compassion and love

Written on May 15, 2021 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Simply put: Paul Mefford gets it.
That alone is invalueable. The progess made with the tools he has provided me thus far, in a very short time, is the most I've made in a lifetime with other therapists. Thank you so much.

Written on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Paul for 1 week on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and anger management

Paul got to the root of my issues within a couple of sessions and I now feel better able to deal with them as they arise. Thanks Paul. 1971.

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