“I think for me I realized early that I’m most driven by curiosity. I get energized by encountering things I don’t understand and, really, what’s more complex than how people love each other? How a connection works and then the ways it suddenly doesn’t work? Humans need love, we form bonds, but we’re also capable of hurting each other in these terrible ways that we usually never intended. One of the things that’s most exciting about the work for me is seeing how even just seemingly minor adjustments can transform that. What was before a wedge driving them apart turns into a funnel pushing them together.”
Josh has a relaxed style but is passionate about learning what you’re going through, how you got stuck, and how you can find your way through. He works from a strength-based perspective, building on the talents, skills and abilities people already have to help them to move on with integrity. Josh has a background in art, working as an illustrator and writer for many years, and he still feels creativity and the imagination are the most important tools in finding a way out of a stuck place. Josh has diverse experience in community mental health and college counseling, and in facilitating men’s groups in college, hospital and outpatient clinic settings. In his personal life, Josh enjoys deconstructing pop music with his daughter and playing Dungeons & Dragons with his son.
Ask me about: Every movie ever made, all the comic books, jazz, soul, funk, disco, rap, mythology, obscure history, an unwieldy stack of science fiction and fantasy books, role-playing games, nerd and pop art culture in general and anybody who tried to imagine the world other than it was.
Ever since I was young, I’ve been: Making up imaginary worlds and sensing that the “real” world was imaginary.
Favorite quote: “Love is a constant process of connecting, tuning in, missing and misreading cues, disconnecting, repairing and finding a deeper connection. It is a dance of meeting and parting and finding each other again, minute by minute and day by day.” — Sue Johnson,
Favorite kind of couple: The people who are brave enough to risk being vulnerable in front of an angry and irritated or critical partner. It’s an amazing paradox: nothing changes a hard-hearted person faster than the courage of their partner to be vulnerable in the face of it.
MSW in Clinical Social Work – Smith College
Gottman Method Therapy - Level I and II
Pragmatic Experiential Couples Therapy - trained by Brent Atkinson
Emotionally Focused Therapy - Externship completed
Additional Training in: Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy