Phil D'Agostino

(M.Ed., LPC)

About Me

I believe that when it comes to being depressed, anxious/fearful, or if you are having real problems in your relationship, you want relief and you want it as soon as you can get it. People don't seek a counselor to talk, they go to find a way to feel better, be better and never need you again as soon as possible. That's why I use the methods and principles normally associated with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), or Brief Therapy.

My training was first as a scientist and science educator. Dealing with people from all walks of life, I came to realize we are far more alike than we are different and that we are all susceptible to being depressed, anxious and having relationship difficulties. I trained in hypnosis to help with obsessive thinking and behavior change (like smoking, overeating, social and other anxieties, etc.), and to become a psychological counselor through the UNC-G graduate studies program.

In all that time (beginning to help others in 1989) I came to find that the fastest way to get your life back is to employ the principles and strategies studied and described as CBT. Whatever you call it (several names can be applies), taking a more practical, here-and-now approach with understanding what your problems are and creating a plan of action to make them better is the most direct and most successful way to make things better. It places the power of control and to heal right in the hand of the individual, not a therapist, not a

We all know that it isn't always easy. And being realistic means we acknowledge that sometimes it can be mighty tough. The wonderful part of it is that with the right therapist, this approach is tested and proven, and gives you a real reason to hope and be encouraged that, while it might take some time, you can get better.

After years of practice, the passion to help others translated in my authorship of nearly two dozen training courses in subjects like gaining emotional control, resolving conflicts, dealing with people that are very hard to deal with, leadership, management, and others. I also authored Ready Access CBT for Working Professionals (Lorman Education) to share what I know with other therapists, and a book to bring these principles to the public titled, Naked Thinking.

I focus my help for those who are suffering with depression and anxiety problems (which can include transitional issues like loss of a job, a relationship, speaking up for yourself, speaking to groups or just your boss, etc.) and relationship problems (which can include marital and couples problems, family issues, work and co-worker issues, etc.)


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Family, Intimacy-related, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 29


LPC #3183 (Expires: 2018-06-30)


Written by L.A. on Mar 09, 2018 after counseling with Phil for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, and self esteem

I would highly recommend Phil! He helped me to get through some tough family and behavioural issues I had been struggling with for years. He helped me to set goals for myself and make great progress throughout my therapy!

Written by B.A. on Jan 18, 2018 after counseling with Phil for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, and intimacy-related

Phil has been helping me a lot for the past month. I came to him having big problems with my relationships and family’s traumas. He first made me feel that I’m normal and then helped me to figure out how to get over it. I really appreciate the effort. Phil is a good listener who remembers what you told him and also links the events together in order to figure out the best solution for you.
Thanks Phil for being there always!

Written by G.E. on Jan 17, 2018 after counseling with Phil for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and self esteem

Extremely responsive and fits my personality style so our sessions are extremely informative and helpful but have also been humorous and insightful. Very happy with him! Thank you!

Written by P.A. on Jan 15, 2018 after counseling with Phil for 2 months on issues concerning relationship, and parenting

Phil was very easy to talk to and helped me through some of the struggles I was facing at the moment. I was comfortable expressing my challenges and telling him personal issues I was dealing with. He listened and helped me work through my problems. I would recommend Phil and would even reach out to him again myself if needed.

Written by K.A. on Jan 11, 2018 after counseling with Phil for 1 week

My counsellor Phil was great I really would like to leave him a good review as he helped me a lot in that short time. We agreed I didn't need to continue with therapy, however I believe BetterHelp is a great service and its comforting to know there is a convenient place like this to seek high expertise help.

Written by J.E. on Jan 11, 2018 after counseling with Phil for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, sleeping, and career

Phil has written all the books, knows all the theory, has all the techniques... but the very best thing about him is that he is a kind and compassionate human being who genuinely wants the best for those he counsels. He is patient and completely non-judgmental, with a cheerfulness that is infectious even in the darkest hours! I am so very grateful to have been matched with him.

Written by W.E. on Jan 02, 2018 after counseling with Phil for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, and anger

Phil takes a very practical approach to problem solving. I commend him for focusing on how to change unwanted behavior instead of dwelling on the past issues that may have led to the unwanted behavior.

Written by C.I. on Dec 07, 2017 after counseling with Phil for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

Phil is incredibly responsive and helpful. He reached out to me within 12 hours of being assigned to me as a counselor. Within 5 days, we have already been through two sessions and made progress. I really appreciate all his help and his knowledge in different psychological treatment theories that he kindly shared with me.

Written by T.Y. on Sep 29, 2017 after counseling with Phil for 4 months

Phil is fantastic, he helped me get through some things that had been bothering me for a long time. He is great at helping challenge preconceptions I have and didn't even realize it and look at things in novel ways. Would recommend for anyone trying to get a better handle on life ups and downs!

Written by E.M. on Sep 29, 2017 after counseling with Phil for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, self esteem, and anger

Counseling with Dr. Phil is a breath of fresh air. He gets right down to teaching skills, which has been very beneficial for me. He has an extensive background and offers insights and suggestions that I have never had other therapist offer, and they work! He's also funny and enjoyable to talk to.

Written by M.A. on Sep 15, 2017 after counseling with Phil for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and family

Phil is an insightful counselor. He listens carefully, analyzes the situation and gives substantive suggestions. He asks good questions and helps the client to self discover of course. I would recommend him highly. He also cares a lot.

Written by C.H. on Jul 28, 2017 after counseling with Phil for 1 month

Phil was a great help when I was in a pretty dark place. I really appreciated his direct manner, honesty and suggestions for positive steps to take to change things for the better. A really good experience all round.

Written by M.O. on Jul 01, 2017 after counseling with Phil for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Phil is an extremely experienced and professional counsellor who is a subject matter expert in his field. The author of a successful book 'naked thinking', he can relate to situations and tap into people's thinking patterns and emotional energies and offer great advice in terms of controlling outward behavioral patterns and also insight into the thinking process of his patients. Highly recommend

Written by P.A. on Jun 15, 2017 after counseling with Phil for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and family

I felt Dr Phil understood what I needed quickly and got right to the point. He gave me tools and suggested readings that were very helpful and assignments that kept me focused on the goal.