Having practiced counseling for 30 years, I have concluded that the human being who is essentially a living soul and spirit must be treated as such. He or she is a living personality that although flawed from the primeval fall is pliable and may be shaped and reshaped according to the will, mind, and heart of the person. This is the gift of creativity which places the human soul in the image of God, as the first thing that God did was to create the heavens and the earth from the abysmal darkness of the nothing or no-thing.
Thus, when you contact and meet with me, I apply total genuine positive regard. I welcome you, show respect, and make you feel at home to the best of my ability. You are of very high value, and I do all I can to work with you despite financial, work, or scheduling hardships. This is why my prices are low. I take insurance if you wish to pay me through that. I also am flexible with you from the payment standpoint.
In treating mental health and/or addiction disorders, I apply the following therapies that are also reflective of time-tested spiritual principles. These occur in the Bible, the different Christian Traditions, Judaism, Buddhism, and other world spiritual and religious traditions. Some of these are Solution Focused Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Logo Therapy, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Therapies, and theories of Self-Actualization, Self-Realization, Self-Mastery, Enlightenment, and Transformation/Transfiguration.
I have concluded that many if all our mental health and addiction issues occur not merely due to our genetic predisposition toward them, but due to the way we think and feel about our trials and challenges. Often egos are shaped around our past experiences whether good or bad. Also, egos need not be narcissistic or egoic. In turn, we create stories about these memories to which we give our identity. Resultantly, we experience clusters of issues centered around depression stemming from the past and anxiety due to bad experiences in the past being projected into the future as uncertain assumptions.
Hence, I approach counseling in terms of guiding you into developing presence and awareness. You learn to be the watcher of your thoughts and feelings, and then you realize these as powerless due to your aware detachment from them. Thereupon, you become empowered with the freedom of choice to manage, shape, and reshape your personality and, therefore, your life. This is what I mean by becoming the artist of your personality or the master of self.
You may learn more about my approaches online via Psychology Today, Good Therapy, Theravive, Christian Counselor Directory, Open Path Collective, and Google Business. These will also give you further insights into my philosophy and theories of counseling.
My experience is reflective in the following. I have accumulated 5000 hours of direct clinical supervision toward substance abuse and addictions counseling through the NC Substance Abuse Practice Board. This is in addition to 11 years of experience of treating and assessing dual diagnostic (mental health and substance) disorders. I have 30-years of experience in counseling families, couples, and individuals. I have dealt with the ramifications of ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings, Behavior Disorders, and Thought Disorders. Having worked with clients from many cultures, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religious and spiritual backgrounds, I am highly sensitized to cultural and spiritual belief and value systems and the perception of self and world that they give to clients.
Having grown up in a first and second generation Middle Eastern family in the United States, I understand what current immigrants coming into the United States go though. They are often afflicted with shock of culture, national, and social change impacting on the varied ramifications of their lives. In my first book, I surmised that mean cultural groups that I counseled were African American, Hispanic American, and Caucasian American. Resultantly, I welcome clients from varied backgrounds to work with me although my language of communication is English.
I also have a strong cultural, philosophical, and theological education. Over the years, I have studied, music, art, writing, Bible, theology, church history, curriculum and education, psychological anthropology, and philosophies of education. I hold the PhD in Eastern Orthodox Studies from Euclide University and St. Gregory Nazianzen Institute of Eastern Christian Studies. I am also licensed as a counselor in the state of North Carolina. I have also taught on the middle school, high school, and college levels. Currently, I am ordained a priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church in the United States and from 1984-2012, I served as an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina.
Please contact me by phone or email. Thank you for considering me.