WELCOME! You have reached the website for Joshua Newman, licensed, professional, clinical counselor and author of The Power of Therapy: How to Navigate Change, Transform Trauma, and Make Sense of Your Mental Health Care. On my site you will find information about my professional background and about the services that I provide. You can also learn how to sort out the differences among the various types of mental health licenses (counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc). 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 20 years. It is an honor to serve the people of New Mexico. I look forward to your call.
COUNSELING STYLE: 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 being validated and being challenged. I always seek to understand where my clients are coming from and what they hope to gain from therapy. As a result, my treatment plans are culturally sensitive, and highly individualized to address the needs of each person I serve. TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY: My philosophy of treatment can be best be described as East-West, client-centered, and holistic. I am trained in current, evidenced-based practices of western psychology as well as time-honored, contemplative practices of eastern philosophy. I bring over twenty 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 to life's problems. And finally, I believe in the importance of collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
THEORETICAL ORIENTATION: My clinical training is grounded in the fundamentals of trauma dynamics and the arc of personal transformation. While I have extensive training in a variety of theories and techniques, my clinical foundation is primarily psychodynamic. I seek to integrate psychodynamic psychotherapy with techniques and concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy, strategic therapy, and existential therapy. 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 practical, flexible, and fundamentally effective. CLINICAL FOCUS: At this time, I primarily see adults for individual therapy. I offer short-term, solution oriented counseling as well as long-term, depth therapy. I am able to address the following issues in my practice: anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, grief, loss, situational stressors, relationship problems, existential issues, career development questions, clarification of values, clarification of purpose, and many other concerns that frequently bring a person into therapy. I have experience working with neurodiversity, including concerns with ADHD, Autism, and Asperger's Syndrome. My practice is LGBTQ+ friendly. All photos, with the exception of portraits, were taken by Joshua Newman.