Casey Black

Casey Black (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

You haven't felt like yourself lately. Or maybe you've never felt like yourself. Let's find out where you went and how to get you back.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

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At a Glance

Me

Rate: $75-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2018

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

Maybe only part of you wants to do therapy? This part is wondering why it's hard to connect with your own desires and feelings, let alone express them to others. Maybe this part longs for connection and senses that there is a deeper, more authentic way to be in this life. Another part is suspicious of therapy. This part is wary of the vulnerable unknown, and senses the potential for conflict around emotional expression. All of you is welcome. I can help you balance connection and protection

My Approach to Helping

My job is to create and sustain a compassionate, curious, and non-judgmental space. Often, dwelling in such a sacred space—which life so rarely offers--is enough to awaken our inherent resilience. (And if you don't believe you have inherent resilience, I will believe it for you until you do.) Past this, my job is to follow your lead. Maybe you’re compelled to discover the roots of your depression or the triggers for your anxiety; to unpack a recent altercation, shutdown, or breakdown; to strategize or--dare I say!--role-play a looming difficult conversation. Ultimately, I believe people know where they need to go to grow, even if this knowledge is unconscious. So, while part of my job is to help you bring this into consciousness, perhaps you show up to therapy and say, “I’m not even sure where to start.” That’s okay too. It means you’re showing up as you are, and I might ask: Is there anything more courageous than showing up just as we are?

Why I Became a Therapist

I became a therapist for two reasons (that I know of). First, like so many others working in the field, I've had my own struggles with mental health. Namely, depression. Would I have rather lived a life without depression? Probably. However, I've learned how to be grateful for my depression. Because I now understand how it was trying to protect me from pain, and because it has facilitated a deeper understanding and empathy for suffering of all kinds. Compassionate therapists helped me get here. The second reason I became a therapist is, well, harder to say. For whatever reason, I've long been drawn to the relief of suffering--something like the bodhisattva path, to name my spiritual leaning. And while there are many ways to approach suffering, for me therapy is the most compelling. There is something so simultaneously courageous and humble about two people, face to face, staring suffering in the face and finding freedom on the other side. The work teaches, humbles, and emboldens me.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Eclectic External link

    I identify first as an eclectic therapist because people and suffering are eclectic, and I am loathed to set up my practice as a 'box' one must fit into (including myself). Rather, I want to know as much as I can--about as much as I can--so that one's unique individuality is met with individual treatment in each individual session. My foundation is in mindfulness-based, humanistic, and attachment-oriented approaches. However, I'm trained in CBT and am well-versed in Internal Family Systems.

  • Humanistic  External link

    I owe much of my personal growth to discovering the writing of Carl Rogers (specifically, On Becoming a Person). Later, I was excited to find that humanistic (or client-centered) therapy was to be foundational in my training as a therapist. Practically, what does this mean for you? It means that in every session I'll regard you as a whole, resilient, complex, evolving human being with a vast and inherent capacity for growth and beauty. Over time, the goal is that you'll feel the same way too.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    My expertise in mindfulness-based therapy comes from extensive study, personal mindfulness practice, and my own mindfulness-based therapy. I've run groups I called Mindfulness 101 in the past, and I'm always thrilled to discuss the basics of mindfulness. However, if the term is a turn-off, rest assured that the word 'mindfulness' may never come up in session. Instead, the practice will emerge as a growing curiosity and capacity to be in relationship with what is happening inside.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    While working with veterans at the VA, I participated in extensive training for CBT for Depression. As described above in the 'eclectic' description, my treatments tend to utilize CBT tools when they seem useful, rather than hewing to a strict CBT protocol. However, if straight-ahead CBT is what you're after, we can do that too.

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