For now I’ll skip the boring stuff about my education and experience (you can see that below) and just tell you a little bit about who I am as a person. My name is Joel and I’m a husband, a dog dad, and Navy Veteran. I’m from Nebraska originally, but have been in Florida for about 12 years – only about 2 and 1/2 of those years have been in Tampa. A lot of what drew my wife and I to Tampa was everything that it has to offer: good food and drink, arts/entertainment, sporting events, and easy access to the beaches. I love travel, college football season (Go Big Red!), coffee, learning, good tv/movies, listening to podcasts, Florida Winters, and spending time with family, friends, and our ex-racing 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…Just having a neutral person to open up to and to provide some 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. I love being a Therapist now and am so thankful to the people I work with that allow me in on their journey and grant me the privilege of being able to do the kind of work that I am so passionate about.
I probably align most closely with humanistic values. I advocate for critical thinking, inclusivity, equality, altruism, ethical development, and personal responsibility. I believe that in a society as politically divided as ours, that through the power of face-to-face conversation that we can find common ground and find ways to meet in the middle with people we disagree with.
Education, Experience, and Approach
Float on Counseling, LLC – Owner & Counselor
I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, 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 Behavioral Health’s Outpatient Drug Court Program, providing Individual and Family Therapy in a residential setting at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and working as a Therapist and Group Counseling Facilitator 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 find that our thinking patterns play a large role in how we think and behave. Because of this, I find it important to identify and challenge negative, irrational, and unhelpful thinking patterns that lead to worry, anxiety, depression, and self-limiting behaviors. I believe that even though bad habits die hard, that we are all capable of powerful change and that therapy (and the accountability that comes along with it) can provide the platform and space for that change.
Want to know more? Feel free to ask me a question!