Joseph Porter, M.A., NCC, LPC Intern, lmft associate
Supervised by John L. Garcia, Ed.D., LPC-S
SUPERVISED BY DEREK LEIGHTON, LPC-S, LMFT-S, NCC
I always consider myself honored and privileged when clients not only share their stories with me but when they place their trust in our relationship. I strive to serve as an empathetic listener to understand the motivations, aspirations, joys and worries that people experience. Once forged, I believe that the therapeutic relationship can offer considerable healing and advancement of self-awareness. In the face-paced world we live in, it is rare that we have an opportunity to quiet ourselves, listen, and allow our true, authentic selves to have a voice. I attend to clients’ symptoms through tender care, patience and persistence.
In my counseling practice I have worked with adult and adolescent individuals, couples, and families to examine their relationships past and present, and how these may be impacting current issues. I believe it to be beneficial to explore extended family dynamics and their histories to better understand clients’ concerns. Additionally, I believe in identifying and gently challenging limiting beliefs and behavior patterns within a safe professional environment where constructive change may occur.
I am prepared to work with clients to address and explore: boundary formation and maintenance, relationship negotiation, anxiety, depression, intimacy issues both with self and others including communication skills, loss and grief related concerns including complicated bereavement and mourning, other life transitions, self-esteem, loneliness and isolation, spirituality, work-related challenges including career transitions and development.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in customer service related industries for twenty years in corporate operations and logistical management. In addition to my studies in Professional Counseling, I hold degrees in history, anthropology and mythological studies. I believe my work and educational experience serve to enhance and broaden my appreciation for the complexity of the human experience while strengthening my ability to practice the counseling profession in the most ethical and effective manner possible.
If you would like to speak with me on the phone about your needs and the possibility of us working together, please call 512/201-4501, ext. 134, and I will return your call within 24 hours. You may also contact me by completing the form on our Get Started page.