WELCOME! You have reached the website for Joshua Newman, clinical mental health counselor. Here you will find information about the services that I provide to individuals, couples, and families. You can also read about the differences among the various professional disciplines that provide mental health care; this can take some of the guess work out of choosing a therapist. I have been in private practice since 2005 and I have worked in the mental health field for over 18 years. It is both an honor and a pleasure to serve the people of New Mexico. I look forward to your call.
The foundation of an effective and satisfying counseling experience is a balanced, working relationship between counselor and client. This is achieved through skillful communication, empathy, and respect. My counseling style is both supportive and confrontational. In my experience, people benefit from both being validated and being challenged. I always seek to understand where my clients are coming from and what they hope to gain from therapy. My treatment plans are culturally-sensitive, and highly individualized to accurately address the needs of each individual, couple, and family.
My philosophy of treatment can be described as both East-West as well as client-centered. I am trained in current, evidenced-based practices of western psychology as well as time-honored, contemplative practices of eastern philosophy. Additionally, I bring 20 years of mindfulness meditation practice to my work as a therapist. As I work, I consider the whole person - mind, body, and spirituality - and that point of view guides my treatment decisions. Ultimately, I aim to be in tune with what works best for each individual client, recognizing that there is not a one size fits all approach for each person or family. Lastly, I believe in the importance of collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
While I have extensive training in a variety of modalities, my clinical foundation is primarily psychodynamic. I seek to integrate psychodynamic psychotherapy with techniques and concepts from cognitive-behavioral and existential therapies. Psychotherapy is a constantly evolving profession, with many new modalities emerging each year. I endeavor to learn and synthesize the most useful components of all relevant treatment methods into a comprehensive system of care that is flexible, practical, and useful to my clients.
All photos, with the exception of portraits, were taken by Joshua Newman.