Hello, my name is Joseph. I am a therapist.
I started MindCleanse because I wanted to bring quality mental healthcare on my own terms to as many clients as possible.
You, the person reading this, I can only assume is trying to decide if I am the right clinician for your needs. So, to help you make your decision, I put myself in your shoes and thought about what I would want to know about my therapist. I would want to know about my PERSONALITY, my EXPERIENCE, and my APPROACH to therapy.
To begin to unpack my PERSONALITY it made sense to start with some definitions. I am a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a teammate, a hard worker, and a friend. I am a student of the human mind. Of philosophy, art, literature, and history. I enjoy spending time with my family, being in nature, playing sports, the ocean, animals, good food, quality content, reading, laughing, learning and staying active. I value harmony, integrity, honesty, courage and flexibility. I rarely sit still or wear a watch. I believe language and vocabulary are underappreciated and under attack. I practice mindfulness (more on that further down) and harnessing focus to achieve what I set my mind to. I prefer to be efficient and well mannered. I enjoy well placed curse words, being creative and always pushing my comfort zone. I am fascinated by people and how we fit into the wide web of the world; how we go about carving our little spaces for ourselves.
My EXPERIENCE spans decades. I have worked with hundreds of clients. From 5 to 65 and with a range of disorders, personas, and identities that could fill a library. I have worked in inpatient settings, outpatients settings, day treatment programs and partial hospitals, drug abuse and addiction facilities, and private practices. Recently I have been working with Brown University researching teen suicide prevention. In my time at these various settings and with the supervision of masters in their fields, I have developed skills that make me a particularly useful person to speak with.
My APPROACH to therapy is very simple; most struggle and strife stems from the double edged nature of the human mind. We have incredible abilities. Humans invent, create, and experience wondrous things. Through science, art, medicine we have advanced our species to the utmost pinnacle. However these abilities come with risk. Our minds can get the better of us. We can turn the expanse of our mind into a battleground. We feel stress and anxiety when we project ourselves into the future. We struggle with the endless "woulda, coulda. shoulda's". We relive past traumas. We follow internal narratives that result in conflict, misunderstandings, and pain. My approach is to understand, rethink, and revamp how we use our minds. I ask my clients to bravely face The Mirror of self-reflection with clear-eyed honesty. I accompany them through this journey of discovery. I have found success drawing from multiple schools of thought including Mindfulness based therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, as well as many others.
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