Portland OR &Vancouver WA
Integrating psychotherapy, medication management, body work & mindfulness for an encompassing and empowering approach to healing.
Josiah Barnett, MAC, LPC Intern
Currently taking new clients with OHP
I believe each person can empower themselves with the capacity to make choices that are congruent with the person they truly want to become. This can be a difficult and rewarding process which allows people to explore who they are and what they want with compassion, curiosity, and intentionality. Learning to be honest and kind with ourselves and with others is a life-long art that expresses itself in many ways, and it allows us to step into our pain and our power with integrity and sustainability. I also believe that people are affected by their biological temperament, life experiences, past and present relationships with significant people, spiritual beliefs, and experiences, and with their core values about life as they see it.
My approach to therapy incorporates concepts and techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, trauma informed care and psychoeducation. My goal as the therapist is to help clients recognize strengths, identify needs, understand conflicts, discover new options, set goals for personal growth, and make informed choices. I also believe the therapeutic relationship between the counselor and the client is of utmost importance and is key in facilitating authentic and meaningful change. Developing a trusting relationship in a safe environment can take varying amounts of time, and I respect the pace at which the client is able to do this. Ultimately, I believe it is the client who has the most meaningful answers to their questions and problems, and I think counseling can be a very conducive environment for discovering and developing the ability to heal.
I got my BA from Concordia University – Portland, and I studied psychology and theology for an interdisciplinary studies degree. I got my master’s in counseling degree from the CACREP accredited school of Western Seminary – Portland. I did my internship and got my license as a professional counselor in WA state by working in a community mental health agency. I am currently licensed in Washington state and working towards licensure in Oregon.
Please note that I am currently supervised by Sarah Dobey LPC, MAC, ACS.