Our ordinary consciousness is not ‘natural,’ but an acquired product. This has given us both many useful skills and many insane sources of useless suffering ~ Charles Tart
"My time with Justin has helped me to reconnect with my body and emotions. His guidance into body awareness and, therefore, emotional awareness was key in freeing me from internalized shame. I am now free to interact with other people in ways that I had not been able to before and to succeed relationally in ways that I was previously incapable of doing."
"As a supporter of going to therapy, I have tried a few different therapists to find an approach that worked for me and the path I sought to wellness. Justin's approach is through mindfulness, encouraging one to actually be present with their current state of emotions as well as take responsibility for them. I am one who loves to read about how to become a more conscious and self aware person, personal development is a passion of mine. It wasn't until I started therapy with Justin that I realized I had constantly intellectualized all of my experiences, good and bad, without actually taking the time to be present and experience them. Just starting this practice alone has made me so much more aware of my emotions, fears and reactions. After one on one therapy, my spouse and I decided to see Justin together. Given Justin's style of therapy where you are encouraged to take responsibility for your feelings, we were able to work out our issues by not continuing to blame one another for whatever was tormenting us at the time. We were given tools on how to be empathetic with one another and work together on things. I have recommended that several friends visit Justin, and I would continue to do so!"
"I'm a guy. A 'guy' enough to be stereotypically afraid of the words 'therapy' or 'counseling' when it comes to my relationship. It seems to be common for my guy-friends to be stubborn and fearful of what's going to happen in a couples therapy session based on what you've heard, or what you've seen in the movies. Lucky for me [and you] Justin breaks the clichés. He never picked sides, he never condescended me [us], and always asked some great, non-threatening questions. His sessions really helped me to take a step back, put my guard down, and answer to only myself. That coupled with a few, easy-to-remember tools that both my partner and I could use during tense conversations really helped push us through some tough times."
"Before starting sessions with Justin I was realizing my anxieties were starting to take over my mind and my life. Five years after a serious hiking accident (in addition to a lifetime of dealing with anxiety), I could not get past my fears and anxiety. My sister had seen Justin and I saw how he helped her get past her own traumatic accident. I was very impressed and thought perhaps he could help me. After many pretty intense months of counseling with Justin, I have a new perspective on life and life's stresses. Justin helped me get out of my head and really be present with my body and each moment and feeling. Every day is still a journey in remembering the tools I have learned but I now know what loving kindness towards myself looks like and feels like. I know how to be mindful and no longer have panic attacks when I recall a life trauma. I now have a sense of peace that was not present before."
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