My Approach to Helping
I specialize in working with male clients, ages 8-25. Guys tend to be more open to a blend of coaching with therapy.
I focus on building skills in mental toughness, emotional intelligence, leadership, confidence, healthy relationships, and academic-athletic performance. The issues I most commonly see with clients involve self-esteem, confidence, anxiety, depression (including Bipolar disorder), and video game addiction.
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More Info About My Practice
Riser+Tread aims to reach as many young guys as possible, helping them “Step Up + Move Forward.”
My work over the last few years as a therapist and coach has mainly centered around guys ages 8-25. Riser+Tread has one mission, to help young guys by providing helpful information online for free, as well as offering paid services such as one-on-one coaching+therapy, mental fitness groups, and camps that combine physical and mental fitness.
Along with Jon Cunha, LMHC, we have opened a second office space in Lexington (primary space is in Newton), with groups taking place at both locations starting in late September. We offer groups during the fall, winter, and spring, camps over the summer and school vacation weeks, and create free content online that aims to help young guys, as well as their parents.
Why? There are a lot of guys struggling, mostly in silence. Stoicism and stubbornness are inherently male traits. Our culture has come a long way with reducing the mental health stigma, but there is still a ways to go, especially with guys.
We believe that young guys desperately look online for direction and advice on how to feel better, often looking in the wrong places. We want to be the right place for them to look.
We believe that young guys are most receptive to learning about mental health when they connect with someone they trust, when they are active, and when they are amongst their peers. We want to provide that trust and connection, active learning environment, and healthy group dynamic.
For all young guys, we hope to be a trusted resource in a variety of ways. We hope if you are reading this, you might be willing to spread the word, and if you or any young guys you know (or their parents) have any questions, reach out to us! We get back to everyone within 24 hours, guaranteed.
Jotham Busfield, LICSW
Please check out our website, and contact me with any questions! www.riserandtread.com
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
This happens a lot, and at times, life coaching can either be an appropriate alternative to therapy (unless significant mental health distress is taking place), or utilized in conjunction with therapy. Coaching tends to be more flexible, motivational, goal-driven, and can help certain clients who may not feel comfortable with the idea of therapy. If you start with coaching, you may love it! And if the path towards your coaching goals is blocked by deeper emotional or psychological issues, we can discuss a therapy treatment plan that will fit your goals. Either way, the client gets the service and care they need.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
The space used for coaching and therapy can make a huge difference on comfort levels, connection, and results. Also, within a maximum of three sessions, the client should have a gut feeling about whether it is a good fit, so listen to your gut!