Joseph G. Pikalek LMFT - email@example.com
I believe that psychotherapy can be a powerful vehicle for self-discovery, self-acceptance, and transformation. I view myself as a guide and collaborator in the therapeutic process, helping my clients gain clarity about what it is they are experiencing and feeling, what they need and want, and to recover a connection to their inner knowing.
My training is based in the Humanistic and Existential-Contemplative approaches to psychotherapy. The Humanistic approach works with the principles of empathy, compassion, respect, and personal regard. The Existential-Contemplative approach incorporates the exploration of life’s meaning and purpose, while applying meditative/contemplative sensibilities to the practice of psychotherapy. Some of these sensibilities are mindfulness, unconditioned presence, inner stillness and calm, and oneness/non-duality.
My therapeutic experiences include working with:
– Various anxiety reactions
– Multi-cultural support
– Relationship support (platonic, monogamous, non-monogamous, polyamorous, kink)
– Sexuality/Sex support (I am a sex positive psychotherapist)
– Blended family support
– Trauma & PTSD
– Grief & Loss
– LGBTQ support (I offer gender support to trans and non-binary individuals – I am not a gate keeper)
– Existential crises
– Persons committed to life-changing psychotherapy in conjunction with spiritual
Depending on the nature of the work, and as relevant to the client, I draw on the following modalities with which I have experience:
Expressive Arts therapy
Relationship Skill Building
Grief & Loss Work
Communication Skill Building
Health insurances I take: Aetna, Humana, Partners in Behavioral Health, United Healthcare, United Behavioral Health, Optum Health, Forward Health (Medicaid, BadgerCare Plus, Title 19), Children’s Community Health Plan, Together, WPS Health Insurance, WEA Trust, & Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Exceedent-Froedtert Health inc.
I earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in transpersonal psychology from the School of Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill and Oakland, California.