A Word from Joseph:
“As a behaviorist, I believe that the environments in which we develop across our lifespans ultimately play the most significant role in our actions, decisions, and outcomes. We cannot progress without first understanding how society and upbringing crafted us, our mentalities, and states of being. Life is a journey with many twists, and the path to self-determination is long and complex. Without the proper space for growth, healing, and self-development, one may face difficulties in achieving self-realization and self-actualization.
Human-beings are social creatures – genetically designed, behaviorally conditioned, and evolutionarily driven. We possess certain intrinsic, natural needs and adaptations that have developed over millions of years. If these dualistically basic and complex needs remain unfulfilled, we will struggle to attain this self-actualization. Therefore, I continually strive to establish a warm, comforting, validating, empathic, and safe space for growth and healing, where potential can be realized, deep connections and insights can be discovered, and needs can be met. My approach to therapy is strengths-based and individualized, eclectically combining various elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, mindfulness, guided imagery, diaphragmatic breathing techniques, humanism, evolutionary theory, and exposure therapy as needed.“
Education & Trainings
Joseph is currently earning his Doctoral degree in Integrated Behavioral Health. Prior to this, he earned his Master’s Degree in Mental Health from the University of Michigan, which was founded on his Undergraduate studies in psychology. He is currently balancing the rigor of a doctoral degree program with also the experience of promoting integrated behavioral health via internships within medical practices that allow him supervision under a Medical Doctor to provide comprehensive behavioral health care. This holistic approach to treating various disorders, including specifically chronic pain and illness and those with sexual disorders, allows a quality level of integrated care that is hopefully the future of our healthcare system. And, Joseph is right on the cutting edge of this movement!
Given this acknowledgement of interdependence of various areas of one’s life, both emotional and physical, exploring the holistic connection between things like stress and depression, sexual dysfunctions and linked behaviors, and diet and diabetes, is the foundation of Joseph’s training and approach. This approach allows for a deep level of healing that can be accomplished using a variety of clinical approaches – psychology, pathophysiology, psychopharmacology, and neuropathophysiology. This approach is his effort to bring healing past a brief 10-minute doctor’s appointment to healing in the 21st Century!
While his extensive education allows Joseph to work with a wide variety of populations and issues, he is strongest in treating mood disorders (e.g. BiPolar Disorder, Depression), anxiety disorders, sexual issues, trauma, psychosis, and personality disorders. He also has skill specifically in addressing suicidal thoughts, panic, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, life transitions, and life adjustment challenges.
Joseph works with adult clients and even offers therapy for teens ages 14 & up. However, his true passion is working with the student-age population who are currently studying at the university level.
Joseph is fluent in Arabic, German, and English.
Joseph can accept the following insurances and also offers self-pay options: