Chris Bartkowiak,M.Ed. LMHC

Chris Bartkowiak,M.Ed. LMHC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Life Coach, Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMHC - MH5877
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Health Advocate
  • New Directions Behavioral Health
Fees: Sliding scale 80-160 You determine what you can afford I do not check or ask you to verify what your financial status is.
Free Initial Consultation


Mills River , North Carolina 28759

My Approach to Helping

Over the last 25 years as a therapist, I have realized how listening is an art form. My approach is to get to the core issues as quickly as possible and provide you some relief in the first session in an atmosphere of confidentiality and non-judgement. You will know very quickly whether we are a good match. You are unique therefore each session is custom designed using the counseling techniques that will work specifically for you. My practice provides traditional counseling,CBT, lifemental coaching, mindfulness ,EMDR in a safe comfortable setting. I work with adults dealing with communication issues, midlife issues,existential crisis, anger, PTSD, grief, transgender issues, confusion, inability to control emotions. My fees are based on a sliding scale depending on what you can afford and you determine that. The advantage of the sliding scale or self pay is that the sessions do not become part of your medical record unless you choose them to be.

More Info About My Practice

Recently I have moved from Jacksonville, Florida to the western mountains of North Carolina. I am still counseling clients from Florida virtuallyphone and life coaching clients from around the world. My life experiences include: Polish immigrant at the age of six and living in a cold flat apartment in Yonkers, New York in the sixties, to a middle-class home in Orlando, Florida in the seventies. Serving in the US Army Military Police stationed in Germany were at the age of twenty I was investigating traffic homicides. Nine years on the Orlando Police Department from 1981-1990 when crack cocaine first hit the streets. Divorcing my first wife and the police department within 6 months, being totally burnt out at that time and experiencing multiple PTSD symptoms. Working as an independent sales rep covering Florida and Georgia that specialized in Art, nature, multicultural, metaphysical products in the nineties while working on my Masters in Counseling. I have been fortunate to travel around the world and currently have twin young adults who are dual nationals. Six years ago I had a pulmonary embolism with A-fibs which caused me to spend 7 days in intensive care. That experience allowed me to reevaluate my life and to practice what I preach. I am comfortable at this stage in my life not seeking but attempting each day to be more in the moment.

My Role as a Therapist

My role as a therapist is to assist you in a safe, confidential, zen type environment where you are free to step out of your story and be able to look at your life with nonjudgement. It is very hard to find this with friends and relatives who usually are not able to give you different perspectives other then what they believe is the right path or solution for you. I believe if you can learn to control your thoughts then you will have the freedom to find peace within yourself therefore you will be able to control your anxiety and any addictive behavior.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    My practice is a United Nations of clients from all economic levels . That makes me smile 😊

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Professional Sports
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • School issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

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