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 drug...you.
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 issues
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
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Phil is an excellent counselor. He quickly understood what my problems were and provided me with actionable advice and relevant principles of CBT. Phil supplemented his teachings with his vast life and business experience, and his interest in history and science, which meant that not only were our sessions helpful, but also thought-provoking. I was able to challenge my old ways of thinking with him, and learnt to see the world in a different way.
Phil has provided me with the tools I need to face challenges and grow on my own. What I have learnt with him has become a part of me and will continue to help me throughout my life.
He also has experience with international clients. Timings were never an issue. He made sure that I got a time slot that was comfortable for me.
He’s excellent. Professional but yet funny! He’s really helps me be honest about my feelings.
Phil has been instrumental in helping me feel more in control of my life and navigate various issues over the past several months. He is a patient counsellor and provides pragmatic solutions. He also keeps things relatable and is available to answer my many questions. I am grateful for his guidance.
I really like Phil as he has the capacity of listening and at the same time takes the really important from everything we say. He is diligent and responds fast and accommodates to my schedule even though I live in Dubai and it’s very different timezone and everything. He is easy to talk with and I feel very comfortable with him. I was lucky you accurately set me with him.
Phil was amazing and was a great help for me. Step by step I improved my social life and the attitude to things around me. Since I started counseling with him, I saw improvements in my psyche with every session. He helped to fix relationship with my parents, to improve my motivation and attitude to life and made me going on socialization.
Phil is extremely adequate, professional and helpful counsellor. The money and time I spent for this counseling didn't go to waste - to say lightly.
I highly recommend him. All the best to him and you.
Phil took me from being completely at a loss in terms of my goals, life direction, meaning, anxiety and confidence and in just ten sessions deconstructed and advised on all major facets of my life, and provided me with the tools and wisdom to move forward from the psychological crossroads I'd been stuck at for the last two years. He's funny, knowledgeable and a great counsellor, highly recommend. A truly transformative experience and I will be forever grateful.
Talking with Phil has been very beneficial. He is knowledgeable and has good insight into different life struggles and ways to deal with them. I was given coping skills and walked through how to use them. Recommended.
Phil is an excellent counselor who helped me better through a tough time. He gave me the tools to make my own decision and find out what I really want from my marriage. Highly recommend.
He is the best counselor.
He quickly helps you get down to the core issues, and helps you put things in perspective. Very easy to talk to straight forward advice. His book NAKED THINKING also has great tools that really make you dig deep and think about your core values and what's important within the first 50 pages it allowed me to better understand my situation and struggles.
I like Phil alot. He is very funny, engaging, and insightful. But it does not end there. He will do all he can to fit into your schedule and time and make the most of it. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeing these reviews.
Phil is positive and funny, and very good at explaining the rationale behind techniques to manage emotions. I have come away with a work plan that I can put into place every day, to stop myself slipping, and I feel far more positive about my future. I'm enormously grateful.
Phil is an experienced and competent counselor. If you're looking for an approach along the lines of Carl Rogers' unconditional positive regard, Phil is a good choice.
My time with Phil was hugely beneficial for both my mental health, as well as some of the largest and most difficult life decisions I had struggled immensely with approaching and overcoming. Phil worked with me to develop patient-centered plans based on my values and my priorities and for that, I am forever indebted to him. Following these large decisions and 1 year later, I can confidently say that I have found a new and much more fulfilling life.
I've done talk therapy for many, many years, but doing CBT with Phil has made a big difference in how I handle my anger. He patient, understands my issues, and has helped my partner and I reduce our fights (we are now doing couples therapy with him). Phil is the only therapist that's been able to give my partner and I successful tools to draw on.
Phil has been a great listener to me! He offers me invaluable and objective advice to help me navigate my issues / the situation! Many thanks to him!! Highly recommended
Phil is fun and laid back. He’s good at offering advice without being pushy. He listens and doesn’t judge.
Phil is an excellent counselor. Throughout phone conversations, he was quickly able to understand my issues and provide sound and evidence based counseling. He is a very good listener, and his genuine and warm demeanor make him very easy to speak with. Additionally, it is apparent that he has many years of strong experience. He helped me through some important decisions and I am grateful. Highly recommend Phil.
Phil was really great in helping me see things more clearly. I'm definitely feeling a lot better and more confident in my life and would recommend him!
Phil helped me to better understand and overcome a professional/career issue I needed help with. He was very responsive and always professional and understanding. Thanks to his valuable insights I could work out the issue much faster than I would have expected. I would recommend Phil to anyone!
Phil has really helped me overcome some issues and listens to me, offers me a safe space to offload and get good advice. I would highly recommend Phil to anyone.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.