Hello, my name is John Abad, LCPC. I have a general focus. As of 2022, I have worked over 6 years as a therapist, 2 years as a site manager, and 1 as a college professor. I enjoy(ed) all of them. I tend to prefer guided modalities and focusing on developing talents and interests. I like to share psychoeducational videos to develop patient/client insight. I like to do activities, especially if I'm with a minor. I am also a combat veteran in case specific care is requested by a veteran.
I tend to be directive and enjoy offering my take on situations. I also can adapt to resistance and share information only when I believe the patient/client is ready for said info. I am client centered but offer evidence-based information when this contradicts established protective factors or leads to risk factors. I consider this a reasonable balance.
I work with ages 5+ at my separate, weekly clinic. At path, mostly adolescents and adults. With children below 10, it's usually better to do it in person due to the strengths of play therapy and typical weaknesses in child cognition, limiting modality variety.
My communication style
I'm usually directive but open to client requests on where they want to take the session. I am confident in my knowledge and this shows in sessions when I try to persuade the patient/client of something I find to be evidence-based. At the same time, I allow free debate, and agenda-setting and encourage patient/client honesty. In this sense, I implement a client-centered modality, along with allowing critical thinking and free thought.
My journey to therapy
I considered it as a field where I can both understand and help myself, and others at the same time. I like being a therapist, a manager, a clinical supervisor, and when I taught, a professor. Each is related but different. They all allow me to serve people in different ways, while also providing me with a living and purpose in life.
My goals for you
I usually use the imcans form to identify problem areas, and strengths, and suggest objectives. The patient/client can create their own objectives, but I will need to be able to identify how they improve functioning if they are to be in a treatment plan.
My first session with you
I need to gather basic general mental health data and create a treatment plan. Thus, I would ask about mental health history, social support network, expectations about therapy, confidentiality, coping skills, traumatic history, suicidal and homicidal ideation, medical problems, etc.