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William Perks, LCSW, LICSW

Stress, Anxiety Grief Depression Coping with life changes ADHD
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About me


INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES can be found on various dedicated Facebook pages based on the topic
and on my own YouTube channel for access by clients.


I am skilled at guiding individuals and couples through a review of
• thoughts and behaviors,
• history and anticipation,
• beliefs and misconceptions,
• values and choices, and
• goals and objectives
toward an increased awareness of options, needs, resources, and results.

The application of such knowledge about oneself can lead to choices that are more likely
to be experienced as effective, productive, healthier, and rewarding.

To provide space for a more structured option I have removed other descriptive information on my profile.

That information is readily shared once a client makes a commitment to explore
my qualification, style, specializations, and approach
before and during the first session,
which in part is an interview by the client of myself as a professional of potential selection.


In addition to the next section of SPECIAL OFFERING -
See the last portions of my profile

A SPECIAL OFFERING of Structure and Focus for an eight-session intensive experience yielding
optimized value for your investment of financial resources, of time, of energy, and of attention.

Near the end of each month a different Special Offer program is highlighted.

This one is offered this last week of September and during October.

This program is called "I AM READY" for clients who want
an infusion of information, activities, skills and tools,
related to their given focus.

One can choose to stop at the end of four sessions (Part 1)
or sooner if the match of myself as a professional
and with you does not feel like a good-enough fit.

The goal of the eight-session infusion is to prepare you to move forward with or without a counselor.

The infusion offers education, tools, techniques,
for more effective coping skills and healthier self-care behaviors -
while identifying and naming the critical issues that warrant attention as a pathway to:

• increase and apply awareness,
• reduce personal barriers or situational roadblocks,
• enhance coping and action strategies,
• broaden perspectives,
• deepen understanding,
• emphasize strengths and assets,
• develop personal confidence and efficacy,
• highlight existing assets and resources,

toward the outcomes of

• increased gratification, gratitude, desired results,
• an orientation of where you are at this time in your life, or regarding certain issues,
• a process of defining your goals and objectives, and
• a measurable clarity of options related to self-care, coping, direction, and resources.

You are not obligated to continue after the fourth session, or even the first session,
if there does not seem to be a good fit of my professional style and methods
with your expectations, needs and goals.

Each client’s feedback is requested during or after each session
to assure that I am on course with your goals and needs.

Requirements: individuals and couples
who can relate to the meaning and desire to improve or integrate
the concepts listed below.

The “I AM READY” timeframe of 8 weekly sessions (Parts 1 and 2) is designed for
people who are ready to engage in the process and participate in
what is needed for effective outcomes.

Here are some concepts that represent the initials of I AM READY.

I – Initiative, Intelligence, Insight, Intrinsic, Interpretation, Integrity, Innovative, Investment, Intention

A – Ability, Acquisition, Attitude, Accurate, Action, Affirmation, Application
M – Mindfulness, Meditation, Maturation, Meaning, Motivation, Mindset, Mentality, Method, Map

R – Real-istic, Renew, Redefine, Relevant, Review, Replace, Rethink, Reason, Resourceful, Retain
E – Education, Emotion, Energy, Enough, Expression, Experience, Explanation, Expectation, Evaluation
A – Assessment, Access, Accentuate, Assess, Articulate, Attribute
D – Determined, Dedicated, Decisive, Development, Daily, Dignity, Deliberation, Diverse, Depth, Durable
Y – Why? YOUnique, Yield, YES!, YOU can DO this!, Your Goals.

If you are ready to start and commit
vs window shop or partially use your subscription due to missed or unscheduled appointments,
then count to 10 as you assess your degree of readiness and motivation.

Then decide if you are ready or not for the Part 1 - four sessions of assessment, support, and education
as a foundation upon which the process will lead you through the subsequent four weeks
and into the next chapter of your life.


• I have worked with people who struggled with an active addition or who were in recovery from one of the worst chapters of their lives.

• I have listened to and supported clients who worked in blue-collar jobs and clients who worked in white-collar positions.

• I have provided counsel and education to people who currently or had been employed on Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and in The White House.

• Clients have also included those who have worked at various federal agencies: FBI, NASA, US Border Patrol, and the Secret Service, and active military personnel.

• I’ve served clients who were first-responders or first-time parents.

• I have guided teens who were in high school or transitioning to the experience of college-related demands.

• I have been a bereavement counselor to survivors who faced the death (of various causes, anticipated and unexpected, which can result in “complicated bereavement”)
- of a partner or spouse,
- a parent, a sibling, a grandparent,
- a child or a grandchild – both under legal age and as an adult-child.

• I have supported people who have contended with invisible, chronic illness or pain, or who have had deteriorating health, and across different points in the lifespan.

• I have been a privileged witness to the sacred, private lives of many people who survived adverse childhood experiences,

• trauma as an adult, (military, domestic, and circumstantial: victimization, accidents, work-related or other accidents, hospital experiences, the death of a loved-one, witness a situation involving someone else safety, etc.),

• and persons who have contended with gradual or sudden heartbreak and grief,

• debilitating and diminishing consequential aspects of an anxiety disorder,

• the suffering inherent with mood disorders (episodic or chronic in nature),

• and the universal issues of being human combined with the developmental tasks required of continued growth and adjustment.

• During college I worked at two summer-camps for four years (in MA and NJ) with people
who had developmental disabilities, the under-privileged, and the very privileged.

• And I have presented workshops at professional conferences and for agency trainings.


1. an awareness of making a series of choices,
2. resulting in executing a decision, and a direction, and
3. the application of knowing what is required for a desired outcome, with
4. the creative process of exploring or creating options.



• SUPPORT, and
• Desired RESULTS.

If you want to interview me during a first session, I can then send you more information about
how I see my style and approach (eclectic with life-long learning).

And if you decide to continue your search for a better fit with a therapist of your choosing,
I genuinely endorse and support that path, by removing your connect to me if that be the case.

If that would be your decision,
I do ask that each client apply direct communication about intentions or needs so as to

• “not fill a seat in my electronic waiting room” by clients who are undecided,
• as evidenced by not making appointments, or not keeping appointments,
• due to not being ready to start and follow-through,

and thus,
limiting access to my services of clients who are ready with a plan to begin the process.

Please be aware that for each when a client who is passive, dormant, or
• inconsistent in scheduling and keeping appointments,
• there is a counter-productive influence on my availability to potential clients
due to a place being taken on my roster of existing clients.

You can choose to disconnect your affiliation with me
in order to take action with another therapist
and/or return when you are ready and able to engage consistently
in the process and service for which you are paying a monthly subscription.


Will Perks, MSW

LICSW in West Virginia
LCSW in Virginia
LISW-CP in South Carolina

Clinical Social Work licenses are pending in MD, CA and NY

Professional experience

36yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Grief Depression Coping with life changes ADHD

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Codependency, Communication problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and separation, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood disorders , Panic disorder and panic attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-love, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Visually Impaired, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

VA LCSW 0904002503

WV LICSW DP00939555

SC LISW-CP 14143


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

I love the fact that William listens.. (I talk a lot)...
He gives me advice on what tools that I can use to help with my splits when I just get fixated on something he's a good doctor

Written on Apr 04, 2024 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Will has been attentive and effective in helping me deal with work stress and generalized anxiety. He is able to recommend behavioral techniques and sources of information pertinent to my needs.

Written on Feb 02, 2024 after therapy with William for 7 months on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

He has helped me through some very tough times. Very respectful to my concerns and a good sense of humor. Highly recommend!

Written on Sep 17, 2023 after therapy with William for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

I am very thankful to be matched with this therapist.

Written on Apr 14, 2023 after therapy with William for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, and adhd