Phillip Guttmann

(LCSW)

About Me

I have been providing supportive counseling, advocacy and assessment for my individual clients and for couples for about ten years now. The job of a therapist is not to "change" their clients but to support their clients to feel empowered to create their own meaningful and gradual changes. To that end, as a therapist, I am compassionately reflective, meaning that I am good at "holding up a mirror" to help clients to see in better focus what is really taking place in their lives, so that they can act with more confidence, clarity and a fresh perspective. It's important that a client always feels safe and in control of the therapeutic process and - that they also feel that their therapist is an active partner in that process. So as a therapist, I strike a balance between creating room for my clients to lead but to also respond and meet them where they are at. I also place a high value on my relationship with my clients. Trust and connection is essential for the process to work and so I place care in building and nurturing those elements. When working with couples in all stages of relationship, it's important to set some basic agreed upon ground rules about how to function in a healthy and productive state so that both parties feel present and safe in the room. I believe when working with couples one of the most important goals that can be achieved is improving communication and curating the ability to feel heard and seen. Sometimes the "bigger issues" have a way of adjusting themselves when smaller breakthroughs are achieved.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief

I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

French


Licensing

LCSW #88823 (Expires: 2021-04-30)


Reviews

Written by R.O. on Oct 28, 2019 after counseling with Phillip for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Phillip is exceeding my expectations!