Grant Goehler

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Grant Goehler

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 149.022858
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

Richmond, Illinois 60071

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My Approach to Helping

Are you depressed and anxious? Unsure why you feel this way and cannot understand why your life isn't where you want it? Feeling unsatisfied in your relationships and easily triggered by your partner and the people around you? You've survived so much and wonder why you can't thrive as you see others living their best life. You know deep down that you've struggled mightily through life. While others seem to swim, you tread water. You judge yourself harshly for this but can't see another way to live.

I work in a heart-centered way to help you understand & cope with present-day stressors and get to the root of the issuestrauma that keep you feeling stuck or disconnected. I use validation, active listening, and my heart to ensure you feel seen, heard, and supported by someone who deeply cares. Trying to manage an issue that seems like no one understands can be a very lonely experience, and sometimes it takes an outside perspective to gain a felt sense of clarity. My goal is to quickly have you feeling like you aren’t alone as you heal & grow.

I practice virtual and in-person EMDR therapy, using a strengths-based approach to connect with clients in a warm, conversational manner. Our work might also include or be influenced by attachment theory, DBT, and CBT. I offer hourly sessions in a safe and HIPAA-compliant setting where you’ll be free to explore what’s most important to you.

I believe in collaboration, curiosity, and questions. I believe in authenticity, validation, and boundaries. I believe in starting over, again and again. I believe in learning from life experiences. I believe people need to earn the right to hear your story. I believe people deserve love, belonging, security, and connection. I believe profound change is possible because I see it every day and have experienced it myself. I believe in the power of EMDR therapy and the healing it promotes. Some of my clients are Veterans who struggle with trauma, mood disorders, and transition issues. Some of my clients are civilians who experienced early childhood abuse and neglect. I have experience working with BIPOC clients, Veterans, and LGBTQ+ persons. I work with DID and dissociative disorders. I am a combat Veteran, a member of the LGBTQ community, and lean toward a Buddhist philosophy. I practice mindfulness and self-compassion and help my clients develop these skills in a way that works for them.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

One of the most important predictors of client success in therapy is the strength of the therapeutic relationship. Therapy is a weird profession in that we ask clients to divulge the most details of their lives with the hope that some of their suffering will be relieved. I believe people need to earn the right to hear your story, so the first several sessions are often about building rapport and establishing a good "back and forth" as you provide me with the details of your life in a way that does not overwhelm you. We have plenty of time to create the conditions for your recovery, so don't feel you must tell me everything at the expense of your well-being or internal sense of security. The details of your past serve a purpose as they are the road map to transforming your pain and suffering. Every relationship I start with each client is a little different; just like plants need different conditions to thrive, so do human beings. I do not take a one size fits all approach. Rather, I listen closely to learn what you might need to thrive and feel more effective in your relationships, work, and meaningful activities. I wonder what thoughts, feelings, and beliefs are holding you back? I know there's nothing wrong with you, only learning that occurred after people, places, things, and situations happened to you, overwhelming your ability to cope, respond effectively, or set boundaries. I believe in self-determination. Things aren't an issue unless you say so. I don't cast moral judgments or condemn people for their beliefs or proclivities. You are the expert on yourself, and we will figure this out together. If you have struggled in your relationships, the therapeutic relationship can offer the chance to heal the parts of yourself that react with fear, shame, and anger toward others by learning about yourself in a secure and non-judgmental space. I look forward to meeting you in session!

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with people who suffer from anxiety, depression, and addiction issues. I work with people struggling in their relationships and worklife balance. I work with BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ+ community. I work with trauma survivors, PTSD, dissociative disorders, and DID. When possible, I work with the military, active duty, and Veterans through the Headstrong organization. If you qualify for this service, your treatment will be covered.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • First Responders
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Positive Psychology

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