Hi! I'm Patrick. I'm an upstate NY transplant in WNC. I offer telehealth and in-person therapy. Free phone consults to ensure a good fit.
Counselor in asheville, NC
Person-centered therapy is important because I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the main healing component. How many times have you met a therapist or helping professional that you didn't connect with or trust entirely? I'd go out on a limb and say that the therapy wasn't effective or you didn't go back. I know this well, I've done it myself as a client. Building rapport takes time and patience, but I truly believe that it is the catalyst to all healing.
I have done several intensive attachment trauma trainings. So often I meet people who have experienced complex childhood trauma, especially emotional neglect, abuse, and emotional vacancy. This leads to so many complex issues. Most people grow up with intense self-criticism, toxic shame, perfectionism, low self-worth, etc. Struggles with your attachment system can also negatively impact relationships and how you navigate connection.
I am a Licensed Addictions Specialist who works with people in all stages of addiction and recovery. I believe in creating individualized recovery plans and do not force an agenda. My work is a combination of my own lived experience, education, and work experience. I work from a harm reduction mindset and can assist you with medication-assisted options if needed. I believe that structure and accountability are important in addition to any groups that you belong to. You can recover!
I work with a lot of men who struggle. They struggle to feel connected. Often they struggle with feeling and expressing emotions except for anger. Men in our society are taught at a very early age that they need to act and look a certain way. What if you don't agree with that? If you have been shamed or shunned for expressing yourself or expressing emotion you've probably learned to bottle it up. You've learned that anger is the only emotion. I will help you feel connected again.
The opposite of addiction is connection. I myself have experienced battles with addiction. It takes everything from you. Addiction changes who you are. You do things you never thought possible. You push everyone away from you and destroy everything. Through my personal experience, education, and experience I bring a unique perspective to helping people who are also struggling. I believe in a harm reduction mentality and can help you create your own unique recovery plan.
Our attachment systems are biological and created before birth. They develop in conjunction with our nervous systems, telling us how to navigate relationships safely and securely. When we experience early childhood trauma, neglect, abuse, and volatility our attachment systems develop in a maladaptive way. This directly impacts how you navigate relationships and connections. I have done in-depth attachment training to help people create healthy relationships. This is one of my true passions.