I operate from the doctor=patient model of working together. I work best with clients who feel assured by my role and expertise and who are able to trust my direction, To do well, I need to understand all of my client's current concerns, so my clients do not have other therapy relationships while they are working with me.
One way of looking at our work together is that while there are two people involved, our real patient is the relationship between these two people and our challenges are the conflicts that have emerged in this relationship.
A healthy adult relationship is one in which partners are together because they make life richer, more enjoyable and more meaningful for each other.
Arguing, avoiding, infidelity, are a few signs that this relationship has gone awry or has never been an adult relationship in the first place.
In my experience, this happens most often because of individual, unresolved emotional and mental health issues of the partners.
I have helped many couples get back on track by getting them focused on fixing themselves as opposed to being obsessively and powerlessly fixated upon their partner's refusal to change.
About Me: I am a classically trained, mature and well finished counselor, rated with "superb" clinical judgement and with training in behavioral health and psychiatry at two separate medical schools.
My previous supervisor, Steven Pliszka, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry, UTSAHSC Medical School, writes: “Mr. LaBeau dealt with a variety of very difficult cases with great skill …..he always had excellent input for other therapists. His clinical judgment is superb……”
I am a modern, cognitive analytic therapist, which means I believe that the problems we experience today have multiple causes. Some come from current thinking (cognitive) mistakes and distortions. Some come from repeated unhelpful behaviors. These problems are helped by breaking old habits and learning more skillful ways of thinking and behaving and then practicing these skills many times in various situations.
Others problems, however, are more deeply rooted in our mind, and have been developing for a long while. Short-term, solution focused, problem-solving type approaches often fail this kind of patient because they do not help us with the deeper, unconscious part of ourselves that causes us to repeat our mistakes and creates our symptoms in the first place. This work traditionally requires a classical analytical approach, learning about how the client came to suffer they way they do over the course of their life, especially focusing on their childhood and their relationships with parent figures.
Here is where I make an important point about the therapist you choose. I recommend a classical analytic therapist. They are variously differentiated as "psycho-dynamic" or" psycho-analytical" therapists, or simply as an "analyst" or psychoanalyst" Here is why.
First, I believe classical analytic therapists are a very intelligent, creative, compassionate, and are an extremely well trained type of therapist. Second, beyond having years of specialized post graduate training in analysis, they must also undergo personal analysis themselves for an extensive period of time if they are to have any hope of helpfully analyzing their patients.
Incredibly, most, if not all, other schools of therapy are not known to have such a requirement, i.e., personal therapy for the therapist.
I personally am of the opinion that I would only want to see a therapist who has undergone substantial depth therapy themselves first, before seeing me.
First, because then I would have reason to believe my therapist is not burdened with major unrecognized issues themselves that would affect their work with me, and second because my therapist would then have a sound understanding of what the patient experience in therapy is like, and likely would have been humbled to find that, in the quest for truth that is therapy, they themselves are far from perfect, and not so very different from their patients.
Special Qualifications: I completed a One Year Certificate Program (2013), followed by clinical group supervision, which was then followed by about another year in personal analysis - all through the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston New Jersey. I also completed one- year of Child Studies as a Fellow at The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. I have extraordinary medical training, including three years of post-license clinical supervision by a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Department Chair at UTHSC-SA Medical School (see above quote by Dr. Pliszka) and have obtained a Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health from University of Mass., Medical School, Family Medicine Dept.
I have five years experience working in a primary care medical setting and provided training in behavioral medicine to 3rd year medical students as they would circulate through their rotation at my site.
I have been certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis as an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis- highest level of certification- certified to teach hypnosis to other licensed clinicians.
I ascribe to the highest standards of Professional Counseling and make it a special point to welcome persons of all faiths, creeds, colors, sexual orientations, and countries of origin. I take special care to be very respectful of each of my patients and to honor their faith and religious affiliation or positions, as well as respecting the preferences of those who would prefer to keep the counseling relationship strictly secular and scientific, free from religious or spiritual commentary.
I hold a certificate in youth ministry from the Diocese of Brownsville and University of Dayton, and, although I strictly maintain the role of therapist with my patients at all times, upon specific request , I may offer a faith-integrated treatment plan which may include sharing prayers, meditations, and blessings. I believe that the faith traditions and practices of the family can be a rich resource to help the child and family in times of challenge and change.
I am confident your will feel respected, comfortable and well cared for in my practice, whatever your view on religious matters.
Please call to learn more about my counseling approach and how I can help you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LPC #19445 (Expires: 2021-09-30)
Joseph is wonderful to work with. He is wise, caring, a good listener, and offers a great perspective.