My name is Joel and I’m a husband, a dog dad, and Navy Veteran. I started Float on Counseling in 2017. I’m from Nebraska originally, but have been in Florida for about 13 years and Tampa for about 4 years. A lot of what drew us to Tampa was everything that it has to offer: good food/drink, entertainment, sporting events, and easy access to the beaches. I love travel, college football, coffee, learning new things, listening to podcasts, Florida Winters, and spending time with family, friends, and our Greyhound named Dean.
Why I became a Counselor?
I knew I wanted to be a Counselor from an early age. I had my first experience in Counseling when I was about ten years old as my family was dealing with some difficulties and I found the experience to be so helpful…Having a neutral person to open up to and to provide perspective outside of my bubble of friends and family was powerful and really helped me deal with some of the hard things I was going through. I remember thinking then that I someday wanted to be able to provide the same kind of space for people.
Education, Experience, and Approach
Float on Counseling, LLC – Owner & Counselor
I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. I received my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2013 and have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska. Before launching Float on Counseling in July of 2017, experience included: Supervising a clinical team at DACCO’s Felony Drug Court Program, providing therapy services in a residential setting at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and working as a Therapist at “A Counseling Center” in Melbourne, FL. My approach for therapy is collaborative and solution-focused. This means I work with people to identify problem areas, establish goals, and make a plan for moving forward and getting unstuck. I utilize mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies that allow us to interact more effectively with unwanted and unhelpful thoughts.