Professional Counselor Associate
MA, CADC-I, LPC Intern
Supervisor: Julianna Vermeys, MA, LPC, LMHC, NCC
Areas of focus: loss of faith/religious trauma, substance use/harm reduction, integration therapy, relationship issues, depression, anxiety
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2013
Faith: Agnosticism, Atheism, Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith
I can assist with many of life's difficulties, and you are a great fit if any of the following apply to you: You are struggling to find meaning or how to determine next steps after leaving a religious group. You are contemplating making changes to your substance use but not quite ready to commit to treatment. You are experiencing relationship issues, especially nontraditional forms. You are experiencing impacts to your quality of life due to anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns.
I've worked in an outpatient addiction recovery program for the past 3 years, and previously worked in a gambling addiction treatment program for 3 years. I am knowledgeable on both chemical and process addictions (gambling, internet, etc.). My personal philosophy is centered around harm reduction principles where the focus is on your goals, including moderation if you choose.
I have had a lifelong interest in spirituality since I was a child raised as a Presbyterian. After my own crisis of faith in my middle school years, I have pursued knowledge of world religions, and deepened my knowledge of theology and philosophy. I have extensive knowledge of both Christianity and Buddhism, though personally identify as having a secular spirituality. I see ways in which spirituality can be a tremendous help to one's mental health, as well as a cause of stress and trauma.
I have a wide knowledge of different ways people relate to each other and strive to create a non-judgmental environment where the unique situations one may face are treated with respect. I am also familiar with the range of gender identities, and have been with several friends through their transitioning experience.
I offer instruction in using mindfulness and somatic techniques to help create room around anxiety to allow for greater flexibility in one's life. I have extensive knowledge of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a modern approach to getting back to a life worth living so that anxiety no longer runs the show.
In this current era, many people are experiencing the stress that comes along with existential uncertainty, locally, nationally, and ecologically. My existential-humanist background recognizes approaches these concerns without pathologizing or oversimplifying. Instead, I help you determine what approach is right for you, as well as providing tools to manage and work with uncomfortable emotions we inevitably face when considering our human predicament.
Family Conflict, Loss or Grief, Spirituality
Projected to start 4/6/21. A secular process group for people questioning their faith or wanting a safe space to find healing from the harms that can be caused by religion or religious communities. All religious backgrounds welcome. Group held online until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions. For more information and to see if this is the right group for you or your client, contact Matt McCullough to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.
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