J. Mike Ross, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Life Coach
Closed Office due to move to Arizona
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Approach to Counseling I

General Information for Individual Counseling

The approach which I use is practical, respectful, results-oriented, and collaborative. It establishes a safe environment to address effectively your concerns. A safe environment is one which is comfortable, non-judgmental, genuine, and empathetic.

Clients have described me as knowledgeable, respectful, easy to talk to--and with a good sense of humor. Considered an expert in the process of counseling and change, I am not the expert on your life. That is your role. However, I can assist you in identifying what is important to you including your goals, your values, and your perspectives. I can also describe and provide resources for your consideration which give support and specific strategies to help you to make improvements and to achieve your goals.

My approach is practical, interactive, and focused on making effective progress as quickly as possible. I may provide feedback or another perspective for you to consider. Handouts and other resources may be provided for you to examine between sessions. These suggestions are made by recognizing that different individuals have more or less time to dedicate to the process between sessions. The approaches which I use are grounded in science.

Individual Counseling
In each counseling session, I will give you the opportunity to set the agenda or to identify what you would like to discuss. Research suggests that the more active you are in the process, the better the outcome. If you do not have something specific to address, I can make suggestions based on the concerns which you have identified.
Having written several manuals which include explanations and specific strategies to help with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, perfectionism, interpersonal communication, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), these are not for individual purchase. However, I provide copies of appropriate pages to assist my clients.
My approach is integrative which means that I use different therapies depending on what might be most effective in working with you given your presenting concerns, personality, and preferences. Therapies may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness (a holistic approach), Narrative Therapy, Grief Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy.