Hi I’m Josh! I’m fortunate that one of the ways I stay connected to my hometown is through a helping profession. I’ve been working with families and kids in Lancaster in various ways for over 15 years – and I love it! I grew up in a multi-cultural family that taught me to celebrate people’s differences and see them as strengths that help us grow and get through difficult times. This is one of the values I bring to therapy, and I look forward to learning about your own unique gifts and strengths.
I’m interested in how trauma and life transitions impact the way someone feels about themself and their relationship to the world, especially as the collective trauma of Covid-19 has affected all of us. I have a keen awareness of how some may think or feel about a male therapist based on their own intense experiences, so creating a safe place for the therapeutic process is something particularly important to me. I take pride in being a calming and nonjudgmental presence, having an empathic approach to others, and highlighting person-centered practice and self-determination throughout treatment.
I graduated from Millersville University with a Masters Degree in Social Work, where I honed individual clinical skills while pursuing causes related to community needs. Most recently, I’ve worked with families on issues related to trauma, self-harm, attachment struggles, individual and group relationship dynamics, domestic violence, relational boundaries, – and the way these factors and mental health symptoms play out in patterns in people’s lives.
When I utilized Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT), I supported others facing serious emotional disturbance to develop their own skills and change patterns between them and their loved ones, peers, school, or the community affecting well being and mental health; while not a couples therapist, I have experience and appreciate working with families and subsystems of different ages and stages of life. I’ve also worked with children and adolescents identifying as part of the LGBTQIA community, who inspire incredible strength and resilience.
Although I do have preferred styles and modalities, I take an eclectic approach to treatment and prefer meeting people where they are and moving at a deliberate pace. Music and art have played a big role in my life, for example, leaving me open to a more creative, fluid process. I believe that strengths-based practice and a trusting, collaborative relationship with one another is the biggest key to success.
Some techniques we might use together include but are not limited to: CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Music and Art, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, ESFT (systemic, structural), Attachment-Based interventions, Trauma-Informed Interventions, and Emotion-Focused methods.
When I’m not being a therapist, I’m probably enjoying some music, finding a hiking trail, cooking, maybe rooting for a Philly sports team, or seeing my nieces and loved ones. I have a passion for larger, social justice and human rights issues which inform how I treat others both in and outside of the office. Reach out to learn more and see if we’d be a good match!