"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

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Joe Gilbert

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor &
Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher 

I am incredibly grateful to have served the Triangle area as a licensed counselor since 2005. 

I studied psychology at NC State and was trained as a counselor at Penn State with a focus on Rehabilitation Counseling. My training was rooted in Person-Centered Counseling and the work of Carl Rogers. I wouldn't be where I am without all the wonderful teachers who have shared their wisdom with me along the way.

Read more: Earlier Work, Private Practice, Mindfulness & Meditation, Theoretical Orientation, Personal Life 

EARLIER WORK

Much of my clinical experience came from working at the Alcoholism Treatment Center in Raleigh. I served as an inpatient counselor and worked closely with a multidisciplinary team helping people recover from addiction and mental health issues. I later worked for Triangle Family Services, where I continued to provide individual counseling on an outpatient basis. I also contracted with local agencies to provide in-home counseling.

 

After leaving Triangle Family Services I joined TPC Counseling, where I immersed myself in Narrative Therapy and the integration of spirituality and counseling. 

PRIVATE PRACTICE OPENING

I opened my private practice in 2014, and provide counseling services in the Hillsborough area. While working in private practice I decided to become certified as a mindfulness meditation teacher. I discovered Tara Brach in 2009, started attending retreats with her and other teachers, and eventually completed a 2-year teacher training program taught by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.

MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION

I have found the practice of meditation to be incredibly helpful in my own life. I really enjoy working with individuals who are interested in meditation as part of the counseling process.

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PERSONAL LIFE

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION

I consider my counseling style to be kind and direct, practical and infused with a healthy dose of humor. My training was rooted in Person-Centered Counseling. This theory trusts that you have the answers within you. I offer awareness and compassion practices in my work to help you see this for yourself. Our own wisdom can be obscured by cloudy, negative thinking. 

 

I am familiar with and have experience in using a variety of counseling approaches (Existential, Cognitive-Behavioral, Narrative, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness-Based, 12-Steps), and will tailor my approach to suit your needs. My approach is also influenced by my interest in contemplative spirituality.

While originally from California, I have lived in Texas, Rhode Island, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. North Carolina has been my home since 1993. 

I grew up playing soccer and hockey. I played both into my 30s and then made a shift into marathon running. Now I prefer brisk walks and enjoy hiking/backpacking with my wife and whoever else happens to be on the trail with us. 

Meditation (or simply sitting quietly) is a regular part of my day, and I also share my practice with a weekly meditation group. I enjoy a good cup of coffee, raking leaves, fantasy novels, and learning to play the mandolin. 

My spouse and I are happy to call Hillsborough, North Carolina our home.