Converging Pathways

About Counseling and Psychotherapy

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, engaging others in transformational conversations about the issues that matter most in life is my professional "first love" and personal passion. The therapeutic relationship is not an artificial relationship. Rather, it is a very real relationship, genuine and caring, that is intentionally structured to catalyze trust and, therefore, deep personal healing. It is in the experience of the bond between a therapist and client that change occurs -- at levels far beyond what information alone can elicit!  Psychotherapy should produce in each client benefits that transcend those we might receive from facts alone, whether culled from books or the internet. Because we are relational beings, a safe, authentic relationship will rework neural pathways, painful intrusive memories, emotional experience, core beliefs, thought patterns, behavioral habits, and transform our spiritual center. Your trust, comfort, and confidence in your counselor is the most important factor in effective psychotherapy. It is paramount that your therapist sees and understands you at depths that others typically miss.  

A print of Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son hanging in Dan's office

The need for a healing relational experience is particularly germane for those with adverse childhood experiences -- such as neglect and various forms of abuse -- and other forms of interpersonal trauma.  These experiences imprint our developing neurological structures and often underlie our toxic behavioral patterns, addictions (chemical and behavioral), depression, and various forms of anxiety. There is nothing more important than addressing these very life experiences, which painfully obstruct our living in the beauty of our God-given dignity. Herein lies the path to our serenity, wellbeing, and the actualization of our greatest potential. Effective psychotherapy alters the way we see ourselves, others, and the world.  It changes our relationship to our past, deepens our connection to others in the present, and opens vistas of hope for our future!

Dan's Office at RGU Where He Meets with Clients

Areas of Special Focus

In my clinical work, I provide special focus on the following issues:

  • Post Traumatic Stress and Complex Trauma Recovery

  • Anxiety (Panic, Phobias, General Anxiety, Guilt/Shame, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders)

  • Depression

  • Addiction Recovery (Sexual and Chemical)

  • Marital/Relational Counseling (Including Post-Affair Recovery)

  • Grief

  • Spiritual Doubts, Disappointments, and Disconnection (Crises of Faith and Dark Nights of the Soul) 

 

Fees for Services

My fees for counseling and consultation are $160 per 45-50 minute session. Payments are due via credit card, cash, or check at the time of service unless other arrangements have been made in advance. In order to increase client confidentiality and to dedicate my time and focus for providing counseling services, I do not currently participate on any insurance panels. In most cases, however, clients may submit their paid invoices to their insurance company to receive credit toward their deductible or receive direct reimbursement for psychological services according to their policy's out-of-network benefits. If you have a health savings account with your employer, you may use these funds toward counseling and psychotherapy with a licensed mental health professional.

Location of Services

As a Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University, I offer private counseling and consultation sessions in my academic office at Richmont's Atlanta campus as a clinician with Richmont's Trauma Center and Hope Counseling Centers. Richmont's Atlanta campus is located at: 

1900 The Exchange, SE

Atlanta, GA  30339

My office is located on the second floor in room 209.

 

For mental health professionals, the early career season of our professional development sets the tone and direction for our future clinical work.  Having established an essential fund of knowledge, clinical skill base, and professional disposition in our graduate school training, the early career clinician has enough of a professional foundation to develop his or her own unique voice and presence as a psychotherapist.  Essential tasks of this season include growing more comfortable in our professional role and tasks, increasing our awareness and trust of our own clinical instincts, and making essential connections between theory and our moment-by-moment experience in the therapeutic relationship. Ideally, we simultaneously grow more humble and confident during this time, as we  continue to acclimate to the personal and spiritual rigors of clinical practice. Our work is uniquely taxing with the immanent risks of compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress, yet it is co-creative, intimate, playful, spiritual, and transformational -- for both client and therapist! In short, it is a privilege like no other. Welcome to our wonderful guild!

 

My supervision for early career clinicians is intentionally supervisee-centered and collegial. Mentees can expect to organically work through a series of topics (listed below) which move them toward heightened interpersonal awareness and professional confidence. I hope to facilitate each supervisee's growth in the art of therapeutic relating, all the while remaining rooted in the science of clinical practice and grounded within the frame of professional ethical boundaries. I seek to mentor clinicians toward therapeutic relationships in which effective interventions naturally emerge in the course of relating, such that clients rarely feel interventions are done as procedures to them. Rather, therapists might embody grace and courage in such a manner that theory, diagnostic nomenclature, and interventions are simply the means of caring deeply, connecting fully, and engaging openly with our clients. In the hope of creating the necessary relational climate for healing change, our theory, interventions, and professional ethics are merely the means of our authentically caring for and relating with our clients. When we relate in this manner, healing changes naturally and even inevitably occur. Well-irrigated and nutrient-rich soil organically yields healthy trees. Healthy trees naturally bear good fruit.

 

The topics typically covered in clinical supervision en route to independent licensure include:

  • Connecting deeply and genuinely with clients;

  • Making connections between the therapeutic encounter and counseling theory;

  • Improving diagnostic skills;

  • Growing in ethical reasoning and practice;

  • Increasing in cultural awareness and humility;

  • Developing facility in conceptualizing and communicating in each an interpersonal theory (e.g., client-centered, psychodynamic, attachment-based, etc.) and a symptom-focused theory (e.g., behavioral, cognitive, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, etc.);

  • Growing facility in clinical documentation of the therapeutic encounter in the supervisee's two theories of choice;

  • Heightening awareness and use of transference and countertransference;

  • Increasing utilization of here-and-now interventions and interpersonal process (especially our countertransference!);

  • Acquiring best practices in couples therapy (based primarily upon Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy);

  • Integrating faith and spirituality effectively and ethically in the practice of psychotherapy;

  • Stewarding our compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue to promote wellness and longevity in our work; and

  • Practicing in an attachment-based, trauma-informed manner.

As often as possible, I follow standards of best supervisory practices and review audio or video recordings of sessions with clinicians I mentor.  (This practice often feels very vulnerable, but it yields wonderful growth, especially regarding our countertransference and use of in-session dynamics to further the therapeutic relationship and progress.) If possible, I also occasionally review various aspects of documentation in order to promote growth and confidence in clinical documentation. Fees for supervisory sessions are $160 per 50-minute session hour, and I am happy to provide triadic supervision so supervisees can share the cost of supervision with another early career clinician.  Supervisory consultations are conducted in my academic office(s) at Richmont Graduate University's campuses.

 
 

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