Joe Gilbert

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

& Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher 

The Most Important Thing

Two counselors are discussing what they believe makes the biggest difference in the counseling process. One of them says, "it's the theoretical orientation and skills of the counselor." The wiser, more humbled of the two responds by saying, "I think it's that the person shows up for their appointment."

Contemplative, Person-Centered Counseling

My approach to counseling could be described as nontraditional. While rooted in person-centered theory, I also incorporate guided meditations, mindfulness tools, teachings from various wisdom traditions, and a healthy dose of humor in my work with others. For this reason, I recommend scheduling a free consultation with me to ensure that I will be an appropriate fit for your needs. 

I have shared below some of my favorite quotes/pointers. If you resonate, there's a good chance we will work well together, and I'd love to hear from you. 







"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

"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 

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

"I want to make sure you know you are not who you think you are." -- Gangaji

"I honor those who try to rid themselves of any lying, who empty the self and have only clear being there." -- Rumi

"I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain." -- James Baldwin

"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

"Sitting quietly is essential. Don't waste time not doing this." -- H.W.L. Poonja

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

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

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

"We shall not cease from exploring,

And the end of our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time." 

--T.S. Eliot

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

-- Tara Brach

Contact Joe


    3721 Benson Drive
    Raleigh, NC  27609