Joshua Brown, MA, LPC, RPT

Life is filled with so many unique challenges…from communication difficulties and stressors in relationships, navigating all the pressures and self-image issues that teens encounter, to the anxieties of parenting young children. You may be uncertain and uncomfortable about seeking therapy for yourself, your family or your children. It’s hard enough to decide to go see a therapist much less find the right therapist to fit your needs. However, by courageously setting aside such hesitations, reaching out to a therapist can be an essential fresh step towards life-long emotional health.

I have had the honor of building relationships with families from various backgrounds, economic status, communities, and circumstances throughout my career of over 15 years. My desire is to help families communicate and work together in healthier ways. I offer the framework for individuals, couples, parent-child and sibling relationships to talk openly and safely. When family members feel understood and heard, trust and security can be re-established and the family as a whole is happier and better equipped to realize their full potential. Individuals and families will be heard, gain perspective, and identify strategies to improve their own mental health and relationships with others.

Focus: To help you to simplify life’s complexities and gain more control and understanding over sadness, anxiety, fear, lack of trust and uncertainty; Assist in rebuilding and reconnecting in your most important relationships; Become aware of new perspectives through being heard and through listening to others.

Approach: Practical and concrete. I bring a relaxed approach to my practice with the goal of making each session a learning experience. Individuals often enter the session feeling overwhelmed. First and foremost, therapy is to help a person feel comfortable and calm, and to have an opportunity to decompress intense feelings. Then the process of individual, marital, and/ or parenting growth can begin. Simply put, when a person is overly stressed, sad or confused, it is less likely for growth to take place. Clients of all ages learn to regulate emotions and communicate feelings, understand boundaries, listen to others and manage their triggers.

Background: I have been serving individuals and families since 1995, including being a licensed counselor since 1999.  My professional career began in an extremely unique field focused on individuals with blindness and visual impairment. That experience thrust me into a passion for more focused social emotional work specifically with young children and their families. I have been hooked ever since. I have experience in a wide range of issues that are significant to families on a daily basis. This includes counseling in early childhood settings, home-based visits and private practice; as well as issues of grief, anxiety, divorce, anger, trauma, abuse and addiction. I have an extensive history of serving families with children who have disabilities, attachment issues, as well as children involved in foster, adoption and other placement scenarios.

Credentials:
Stephen F. Austin State University - MA in Community Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Registered Play Therapist (RPT)

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