Joey Cressler

Licensed Professional Counselor – Therapist

My Bio

My primary goal as a therapist is to create an empathic space where the client can move towards psychological alignment, authenticity and wholeness. I believe that the therapeutic process is enhanced by the therapeutic relationship and that healing is evoked through a process of corrective emotional experiences and embodiment. As a queer-identifying therapist, I am passionate about working with issues pertaining to sexuality/gender and serving marginalized populations who are directly impacted by systemic trauma. In the clinical room, I strive to provide an authentic and empathic space to navigate the internalization of harmful social constructs. Currently, I hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and am actively pursuing AASECT certification as a sex therapist.

My clinical approach is best described as an eclectic combination of psychodynamic, humanistic, somatic and affirmative therapeutic frameworks. I feel this blended approach supports a safe space where clients may process and engage in in-depth work on current symptoms, concerns, past conflict, symbolic material and the unconscious, while also promoting the client’s strengths and nurturing a healing process. I find that this relationally based exploration of self is effective in aiding the client in achieving psychological healing and restoring a sense of balance.

My Focus

  • Adults
  • Complex Trauma
  • Sexuality and Gender
  • Self Concept and Identity
  • Attachment
  • Dissociative Disorders + DID

My Approaches

  • Affirmative Therapy
  • Attachment-Based
  • Depth Psychological (Jungian, imaginal, analytic)
  • EMDR
  • Humanistic
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sex Therapy (certification in process)
  • Somatic Therapies
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