Christopher Stults, MS, LMHC
Christopher Stults, MS, LMHC
|Professions: Counseling, Psychology, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Mental Health Counselor - 005892|
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There are times in all of our lives when things just don't seem to be working for us anymore. Regardless of the problems you are facing, it helps to have the support and guidance of a trained professional.
My name is Christopher Stults, and I would like to help you overcome the challenges you are facing. I am confident in my ability to empower my clients to make the changes necessary to build a happier, healthier life. If you are experiencing problems in the following areas, I can help:
- Anxiety or stress
- Relationship problems
- Anger management
- LGBT issues
- And much more!
I work with individuals, couples, and families in a safe and confidential environment.
Email or Call Christopher Stults, MS, LMHC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12040
More Info About My Practice
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Lic. No. 005892) working in private practice in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York City. Prior to being licensed in New York State, I was a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (FL Lic. No. IMH7936) working under the supervision of Doug Maesk, MA, LMHC of The Maesk Group, Inc. I have over nine years experience in mental health counseling and clinical research. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. I subsequently received my Master's degree in Psychology from Florida International University in Miami, FL. As a part of my graduate work, I completed a year-long full-time internship at F.I.U.'s Counseling and Psychological Services Center. During my internship, I received specialized training in short-term, solution-focused counseling models.
I have treated adults with a variety of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, substance abuse, and other addictions. I have helped couples to improve communication, enhance conflict resolution skills, and to increase intimacy. I also have extensive experience working with LGBT clients, including helping clients to "come out," navigate successful romantic relationships, and improve self-esteem.
I have worked as a clinical researcher for the University of Miami, the University of Delaware, and Nova Southeastern University. I was also a Psychology instructor at Southeastern University.
I look forward to speaking with you about how I may be of help to you!
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
This is a question I get asked a lot. Let's face it, although the details of our problems my be markedly different, the core human emotions that we all experience are fundamentally the same. In other words, I see clients that come in with all different types of problems, but they are all united by the fact that they are experiencing unpleasant emotions, more often than not, and they want to do something about it. That's where I come in.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy helps us to remove obstacles that may be getting in the way of us having a happier, healthier life.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I think there are many benefits of being a client or patient in psychotherapy. One benefit of attending therapy is increasing your awareness to the thoughts and feelings you are currently experiencing. A good psychotherapist can guide you to heighten your awareness and bring thoughts and feelings that may exist in your unconscious to the surface of consciousness. Another benefit of psychotherapy is to increase social support. We are, by nature, social creatures. Oftentimes, and particularly in times of stress, we become socially isolated and suffer as a result of it. A good psychotherapist will provide that supportive structure at first, and then gently guide you to find the appropriate social support in your everyday life.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love getting to meet so many different people and it is truly an honor that they let me into their life, even if for a short time. I learn about myself in the process, as well. And I am constantly reminded of the fact that we all have a lot more things in common than we have in difference.
My Role as a Therapist
To provide a safe, affirming environment where clients can discuss their concerns honestly and openly. My role as a therapist is to help the client to see their challenges, and the role they play in them, more clearly and to develop a plan of action to move forward.
My Therapy Focus
I specialize in working with LGBT people around issues of coming out, self-esteem, navigating healthy relationships, and much more.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Just like plumbers - there are good therapists and not-so-good therapists. Moreover, different therapists have different approaches. You may feel more comfortable working with a therapist who uses a different approach than your current therapist uses. Changing therapists is an uncomfortable, but sometimes necessary decision.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I have had bad experiences at restaurants but I still go out to dinner every once and a while! Therapists are people, too. We are not all the same. You might not "click" very well with one therapist but feel very comfortable with another. You have every right as a consumer and patient to choose someone who can serve your needs best.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
One of the most predictive elements of success in therapy is the relationship with the therapist. In other words, how well you "click" with your therapist is very important. Don't be afraid to shop around! If you meet with a therapist and don't feel a connection, it is completely appropriate to find another therapist that you feel more comfortable with.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I certainly hope so! If nothing else, I think my own struggles help me to empathize better with the thoughts and feelings that my clients present with. Even if we haven't gone through the same exact challenges, we all know what it feels like to be sad, angry, frustrated, disappointed, elated, and so on.
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
In the beginning stages of working with a client, I usually focus more on the unpleasant symptoms that brought the person into my office in the first place. Towards that end, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and other solution-focused models are very useful approaches to reducing symptoms right off the bat. Once we have settled in, though, I prefer to approach the person as a whole, rather than a set of symptoms. It is during this second stage that Existential and Humanistic approaches often drive my work. I will say, however, that the fundamental tenets of Rogers' Humanastic approach influences the way I work with clients at all phases of treatment.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Many clients of mine think that seeing a counselor somehow makes them "crazy." I would argue that everyone, at some stage in their life, would probably benefit from the support of a trained psychotherapist. Rather than thinking of counseling as only for the "crazy," think of counseling like a luxury you will afford yourself -- much like seeing a personal trainer. Think of it as a manicure for your mind.
Services I Provide
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
I specialize in working with sexual minorities, particularly gay and bisexual men, and lesbian women. I also specialize in working with people living with HIV/AIDS.
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