Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process.
To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along the journey of our life I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path." This sentence encapsulates the feelings many clients bring to therapy, the culmination of years of existential angst, an accumulation of guilt, anxiety, loss, among a myriad of other experiences which have inflicted pain and suffering, (in this experiment we call life). My experience in working with clients exploration of their unique symptoms, be it depression, anxiety, etc., is to not rush headlong into an immediate remedy of the symptoms, rather the exploration of how these symptoms may be trying to inform the client of new ways of approaching life, i.e. am I living life on my terms, am I following my voice?
Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees were in psychology. My advanced degree and continued studies have an emphasis in depth psychology. I admire, and study the theories of Analytical Psychology, (Jungian). I have a background in religious studies, in addition to psychology, and with the convergence of these two languages, have been able to incorporate meaning in my own life, beyond that of organized religious traditions.
I enjoy working with clients in whatever therapeutic modality is most appropriate, meaning in some cases, brief therapy is warranted, or behavioral modification, or longer term depth work, because every client is unique, and my goal is to approach every client on this basis. Additionally, I have had the life experience of living in both rural and urban settings, being engaged with diverse populations, religions and customs, which add to my ability to relate to clients from an array of backgrounds.
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” Carl Jung
I look forward to a therapeutic relationship that will assist both of us in continued growth.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family Problems, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
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Tim Whetzel is exactly what you want in a counselor. He has good listening skills. He is not afraid to confront you on your inconsistencies. He is excellent at giving insight from other perspectives and allowing you to make your own decisions. He is non-judgmental and comes across as a caring and knowledgeable counselor. I would recommend my family and friends to see him.
Written on Jul 23, 2021 after therapy with Tim for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, trauma and abuse, and compassion fatigue
He is amazing. He listens and helps me with all of my issues
Written on Jun 02, 2021 after therapy with Tim for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
Great listener with an ear for sorting through the insignificant and focusing on the relevant. Highly recommend.
Written on Feb 06, 2021 after therapy with Tim for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
Tim’s been great! He is very understanding and has helped me work through various problems that I am facing with early adulthood. Would recommend him to anyone! He has a great sense of humor and is very conversational!
Written on Feb 06, 2021 after therapy with Tim for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
I look forward to speaking with him every time.
Written on Nov 30, 2020 after therapy with Tim for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate Tim. He has helped guide me through the most traumatic time of my life. Every session gives me something new to chew on or some sort of new peace of mind. I often recommend Better Help when folks ask me about therapy. Tim, thank you.
Written on Oct 19, 2020 after therapy with Tim for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes