Justin Pere, LMHC
|Professions: Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LMHC - LH 60153704|
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My work is primarily with men and couples to help you improve your relationships, overcome personal struggles, and become more of who you wish to be.
Men often seek my services for help with relationship issues (communication, infidelity, uncertainty), emotional issues (restricted emotions, anger), or behavioral issues (substance use, pornography addiction, controlling/rigid behavior). They benefit from working with a male therapist who specializes in men's issues and can relate in a very personal way to the majority of issues they bring into therapy. Additionally, men generally have a much harder time opening up about their problems than women and often find it easier to discuss certain men's issues with another male.
My work with couples utilizes Emotion Focused Therapy, or EFT, to help you build skills for managing conflict, develop new skills for enhancing friendship, and create a system of shared meaning together. People are seen as acting out their basic attachment needs for protection, safety, and closeness in the best way they know how, often not being able to see how they make it difficult for their partner to respond to these needs. Through our work, partners gain clarity about their interactions, learn how to break out of unhealthy cycles, and feel cared about, understood, and respected.
Email or Call Justin Pere, LMHC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 10730
More Info About My Practice
I offer a free 20-minute consultation, a credit card payment option, and am a Preferred Provider with most major insurances.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
For men, I find they most often seek counseling to get help accessing, identifying, and then expressing their emotions, especially to their partners. Relationship problems sometimes occur because the male withdraws or shuts down during interactions because he is unclear about his true emotions in those moments, which are usually fear or shame but that he usually identifies as anger. Getting in touch with those primary emotions, and then learning how to express them effectively to their partner during key interactions, is something I have extensive experience with, both in helping others and in putting into practice in my own relationships.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I believe the purpose of psychotherapy is to learn ways to keeping growing personally, to create healthier and more fulfilling relationships with others, and to ultimately to make life easier and less scary for ourselves and others.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I simply love seeing other's lives, and their relationships, improve. People don't often have the kinds of professions where they get to see directly how the one's they try to help benefit from their efforts, but in therapy this is often the case. Not that we as therapists are "fixing" anyone else - in fact, we are doing them a disservice if we attempt to solve anyone else's problems - but with most people I am able to empower them to solve their own problems and take on whatever comes at them next, individually or as couples, well after our work together.
My Role as a Therapist
To empower. To connect to the client. To connect the client to others. To teach, when appropriate. To reflect the person back to themselves so they can achieve insight. To encourage, inspire, and guide.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
Through the process of therapy, most therapists need to learn about their client's thought processes (beliefs, assumptions, biases), their true feelings (fears, sources of shame), their relationships (experience, patterns, skills), and significant life experiences that may have influenced how they see the world as adults.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
First, I offer a free initial consultation, which means there is no money lost if someone decides not to engage in therapy. Money is often a concern, which is certainly understandable. I have also talked with those who are on the fence about confidentiality, reminding them that what is discussed in session is absolutely private. Others, typically men, have trouble believing that sitting around talking about problems can actually solve anything, to which I can only encourage them to trust in the therapeutic process until they actually see the improvement themselves, which usually occurs within our first session.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
LGBT, Men's Issues, Couples
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