Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
& Certified Meditation Teacher
Thank you for visiting my website. There are so many great counselors in the Triangle area, and I encourage you to take some time to find the right fit for you. If you feel some resonance after reading this page, I'm happy to meet with you for a free consultation to see if I can be of help.
I have been practicing counseling since 2004 and my approach is rooted in person-centered theory and meditation. I often work with people who are navigating challenging life transitions, spiritual inquiry, grief and loss, depression and anxiety, and problematic substance use.
I encourage you to consider the possibility that if you have found yourself on this page, you have already taken a courageous step in the direction of true happiness. By true happiness, I mean a happiness that is not dependent on external objects, people, or experiences.
There is a story where two counselors are discussing what makes the biggest difference in the counseling relationship. One of them says, "It's the theoretical orientation of the counselor and the skills they bring to the work." The wiser counselor smiles and responds, "I think it's that the person shows up for their appointment."
I often tell people that simply showing up for an hour, in a caring environment, is enough to rediscover the peace and happiness that is revealed when we allow ourselves to really rest.
Thank you again for visiting. If it sounds like we might be a good fit, I look forward to hearing from you.
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
"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
"There is nothing wrong with grief. Grief is an aspect of love. Let it be as it is. Be humbled by it. Then it is a great teacher." --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