Joe Gilbert

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

& Certified Meditation Teacher

The Counseling Journey

There may be times in your life when you feel completely lost, as if you woke up this morning and found yourself if a dense, unknown forest. This can be very disturbing, and when we are disturbed our tendency is to do whatever we can to get out of the forest as quickly as possible. It may be hard for us to see the growth opportunity in this situation, but it is there. 


I have learned to be comfortable in the dense, unknown forest. It would be my honor to walk with you through this chapter of your life. There are many pathways out of the forest, but you will have to find the right one for you. I cannot tell you which path to take. I do, however, have some experience in navigating the forest. I also have a flashlight...and a sense of humor. 

In our walk through the forest, I draw upon awareness and compassion practices, my experience as a mindfulness meditation teacher, and my roots as a person-centered counselor. I have shared below some of my favorite pointers to further describe my approach to counseling. If you resonate with the pointers on this page, I'd love to meet with you for a free consultation.






Pointers to Joe's Counseling Style

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." -- Carl Rogers

"Being human is not about being any one particular way; it is about being as life creates you—with your own particular strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges, quirks and oddities." -- Kristin Neff

"Just remember that Dumbo didn't need the feather; the magic was in him." --Stephen King 

"There is nothing ultimately to cling to in this world. However, life is not to be rejected. It is here. And as long as it is here and we are here, we can make the best use of it." -- Dipa Ma

"It's dangerous to be peace, because you have to stop fixing yourself, and maybe you're not perfected yet. The danger is that you will be as you are, not as you think you should be." -- Gangaji

"If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard; because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with." -- Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

"Meditation is a social and political act. Listening and not-doing are actions far more powerful than most of us have yet begun to realize." -- Joan Tollifson

"Your vision will become clear when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks within, awakens." -- Carl Jung

"There is a Presence that is unnameable which thought cannot touch. It is not your possession; it is what you are." -- Adyashanti

"And the truth is--we are all basically the universe pretending to be humans for a brief moment in time." -- Rupaul

"Compassion is but another word for the refusal to suffer for imaginary reasons." -- Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Our refuge is not outside ourselves, not somewhere in the future--it is always and already here."

Tara Brach

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    3721 Benson Drive
    Raleigh, NC  27609