TJ McDowell

(LPC, CAADC)

About Me

First, let me assure you that reaching out for help is one of the most courageous and insight-driven steps that any person can take in their life, despite how fearful and confusing it may seem; I admire you for making it this far.

My name is TJ McDowell and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing both online and in-person in the state of Pennsylvania. I have worked in behavioral and mental health now for over 8 years in a variety of settings and different roles, with the last several years of experience focused mainly in individual therapy. I have developed proficiency in theories including Existential & Person-Centered counseling as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and an expertise in Motivational Interviewing.
I believe in the human heart's and mind's abilities to heal themselves through meaningful, reflective, and validating conversation; though I also understand there is a time to pick up a pen and do the realistic work of setting goals and solving practical problems. It is my experience that most satisfying counseling experiences are typically a dynamic blend of both of these styles of approach. In our working relationship, you will have the freedom to guide and decide what's best for you.

Let me offer a quick glimpse into what inspires me:
As someone who does not ascribe to a particular faith, many are surprised to hear that my credentials come from a Pastoral Care and Counseling degree. I am personally and professionally fascinated by the ways that we as humans integrate into our lives that which is most precious and meaningful. Regardless of affiliation with a religious faith or a total lack thereof, I believe that as humans it is an essential part of our growth and personal fulfillment to embrace those things which some may call "spiritual." For example- my bachelor's degree is in Physics, and a deep reverence for the natural world and universe is something I carry with me in daily life. In this sense, when I look at pictures of Saturn and its rings & moons that I took with a telescope back then, I am filled with a sense of wonder and connection to something bigger than myself.

Let me just reiterate how impressive it is that you have made it this far. Counseling can be brief and solution focused, longer and more existential & creative, or a place to go when you don't know what you want but you just have a vague sense that something about life isn't right. I have worked with many people in all of these stages of searching for help, and I am confident that I can be of service to you in your journey and look forward to getting to know you.


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Eating disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Depression , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Communication Problems , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #PC011498 (Expires: 2021-02-28)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on Jul 31, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

Very very good at understanding and gently pushing me to be the best I can be

Written by A.N. on Jul 21, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

He's a grate counselor and has a grate amount of creative and good ideas, he's understandble and a greate help.

it was a pleasurre talking to him.

Written by L.A. on Jun 30, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 1 month on issues concerning depression, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

TJ is an amazing listener and I always felt really comfortable talking to him. I was scared to open up to someone and talk about my thoughts and experiences but TJ took that fear away from me, since I never felt any judgement from him and always felt like he actually understood me.

Written by A.N. on Jun 16, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

TJ is the best.

Written by N.A. on Jun 15, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties

I’ve only had 3 sessions so far, but I feel so much better and lighter. He’s super supportive and a great listener, also offering great advice and tactics to overcome my challenges. Also love the app and it’s practicality of matching with a great therapist in a convenient way.

Written by M.U. on Jun 07, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

Y'know, I had some doubts going into therapy at all at first, but I wanted to at least try something to better myself. With TJ's help, I feel like I'm actually, finally making progress towards it, bit by bit. He's been amazingly patient and respectful so far, and I appreciate his advice through and through. It's been good so far. Here's to its continuation. *Raises imaginary wine glass*

Written by K.A. on May 12, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 1 month on issues concerning depression, and trauma and abuse

I am an extremely guarded person in terms of being able to trusting someone enough to share experiences and thoughts but I definitely feel like I can do that with TJ. I am only just starting therapy but I have been able to talk about some of the difficult experiences and as long as I have the support, I definitely can make significant progress.

Written by C.H. on May 04, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

TJ is extremely helpful and understanding!

Written by J.E. on Apr 28, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 2 weeks

TJ has been very easy to talk to and I don't feel any judgment from him which was a concern I initially had but the more I speak to TJ the more I feel like I actually have someone to talk who isn't bias and has a genuine interest in helping people who could use an ear and some guidance.

Written by S.A. on Apr 27, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

I think TJ McDowell is an amazing counsellor, coach, therapist, and an incredible human being. He is very considerate, respectful, and kind. He is very wise and he is absolutely great at his profession. He is very professional, quick to respond to messages, and always on time for phone sessions.

In my opinion, he is a genius at what he does. He is very insightful and I think his counseling style is very effective. He has already helped me a lot, and I really look forward to my continued counseling with him.

I can easily recommend TJ McDowell as your counsellor/coach/therapist. I feel incredibly lucky to have found such a remarkable counsellor.

Written by M.U. on Apr 26, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

He really listens and listens to what I'm saying and is so intuitive in knowing how I'm feeling and even asks the tough questions that helps me be more reflective.

Written by L.A. on Apr 02, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

TJ is a kind and caring support who I am very greatful for. He ‘gets’ my problems whilst listening in a non-judgmental way whilst offering sage advice. I would very much recommend him.

Written by T.H. on Mar 29, 2020 after counseling with TJ for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

TJ is a very down to earth individual who respects you and talks to you with zero judgement. He makes for a comfortable environment for you to be honest and open.