Joe Gilbert

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

& Certified Meditation Teacher

The Most Important Thing

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

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."  

Your desire for true happiness and peace is perhaps the most important thing. The relationship you have with your counselor is also important. I encourage you to take some time and consult with a few (or more) counselors before deciding who will be the best support for you right now. 


In my walk with others, 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

"Don't tell me what things look like. Tell me what they are." -- General Leia Organa in The Rise of Skywalker

"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 

"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

"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

"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

"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