If this is your first time seeking therapy, it can be difficult for a variety of reasons, including what others may be thinking of you, fear of ‘losing’ who you are, negative thinking patterns and emotions that you recognize need changing but can’t seem to let go of, or simply not knowing whether your concern is worth discussing. Whatever the case may be, receiving compassion from a therapist t...
If this is your first time seeking therapy, it can be difficult for a variety of reasons, including what others may be thinking of you, fear of ‘losing’ who you are, negative thinking patterns and emotions that you recognize need changing but can’t seem to let go of, or simply not knowing whether your concern is worth discussing. Whatever the case may be, receiving compassion from a therapist that is listening to more than just the story you’re telling can be very helpful, and Joshua’s safe, friendly, and professionally down-to-earth demeanor may be the fit you’re looking for!
Joshua will adapt to your unique personality traits and listen to your concerns so that you feel heard, understood, and hopeful towards understanding what you’re going through (beyond simple band-aid solutions, as many unfamiliar with the therapy process might believe). Through much schooling in counselling psychology, philosophy, and religious studies, Josh’s academic background and methodical thinking style will allow him to listen to the bigger themes that may be occurring in your life.
If you’re worried that your personality type may be ‘difficult’ to work with, then fret not! Josh has also worked extensively with many vulnerable demographics where societally ‘difficult’ personality types were the norm. These included individuals with intellectual disabilities, high-risk youth in group homes, individuals experiencing homelessness in shelters and on the streets, and those undergoing substance abuse from an inpatient treatment setting. In other words, Josh will adapt to you by drawing from his extensive social work experience as well.
Above all else, he’ll listen for the strengths and areas of hope lingering in your hurt emotions, rough experiences in life, and ongoing struggles that you may not notice in yourself… because sometimes, listening is more than just being heard.
Preferred Theoretical Frameworks
-EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
oUnder a somatic-focused lens to ensure client’s safety within their window of tolerance
-Anxiety or other related symptoms
-Depression or mood-related difficulties
-People-pleasing and co-dependency
-Loss of meaning in life (i.e. existential concerns, reasons for living, or faith-related matters)
-Complex Trauma (i.e. various forms of abuse and post-traumatic stress)
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