My areas of ordinary expertise would be anxiety- and depression-related issues, addicgtions, basic couples work (I'm not MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy) certified, but people don't always need that and I have a strong 27-year marriage of my own), helping to solving practical problems. I know CBT and ACT and use both in combination.
The problems mentioned above almost always involve background spiritual and philosophical issues, that we all go through as we grow up, often without realizing it. I have a lot or enthusiasm around guiding people to the PHILOSOPHICAL INSIGHT required to no longer be victimized by their owm minds... to be able to see negative thoughts as an ordinary part of life, running across our minds without bothering us AT ALL if we have enough self-understanding! Pain can't be avoided in this world, but we can minimize and understand it.
I've always been a big spiritual seeker, so have proficiencies in meditation (many people are discouraged only because they're never taught the right technique for them), dreamwork (which can be very powerful and sometimes becomes a big part of treatment), plus detailed knowledge AND experience with religious and philosophical traditions, which sometimes play a big part in helping people "find themselves" in terms of their careers, relationships and the ways that they really want to contribute and be of service to others.
At least at first, I intentionally don't want to know too much abourt a person's previous therapy experience, so I can better accept them as human beings with the same, greatest potential for happiness that we all have.
Academically, I have a BA minor in Anthropology, a Master's in Community Counseling, a PhD in Religious Studies (most east/west philosophy and psychology of religion), and a number of dreamwork certifications. All of that is secondary, however. What counts more is my combined 20 years of teaching and counseling experience, plus all the spiritual teachers, healers and therapists I've worked witih over the years (to get myself straightened out). See the reviews on my website!
Helping people find what their real focus and priorities should be right now (which helps them with spirituality, even though "God" may seem to have nothing to do with it). The usual gains a client experiences in connection with psychoeducation, counselng techniques like CBT stuff, etc., are nice, but for me the greatest thing is to see someone "find themselves" in a deeper overall sense, through personal insight (which may, or may not, involve religion or spirituality). Who am I, and what am I meant to do? Often, dreamwork and meditation help us with those basic questions. (Although, quite often, dreams concern themselves with the dreamer's practical issues.) We both feel great energy when that happens.
He was very easy to talk to and provided reasonable homework assignments that made since in relation to my specific issues.
He listened to everything I mentioned and would give me “homework” to help with teach and every situation! He gave me specific journaling exercises and meditations tailored to what I needed at the time. Everything he said was out of truth and offered many solutions to help me. I learned a lot during my time with him. Thank you !!!
David is an outstanding counselor, mentor, and uses his understanding of all layers of the human mind to help build skills and tools that are life-long. His contribution and impact on my life personally has helped in a transformation that feels life-changing. David spends time considering the things his clients need with great care and consideration while also helping to keep me accountable. He is one of the most skilled therapists I've ever known as well as one of the most attuned listeners and guides through the journey of life. I would and have recommended David to anyone looking to heal, find inner peace, or just to work through issues of daily life. David's abilities and skills as a therapist are positively adding to our world and I am so grateful that we were able to connect.
David was caring and compassionate when my husband and I fell into a crisis. I would highly recommend his skills for any couple or individual.
I get to know them in informal convesation berfore moving onto a basic structure and format for assessing the client's issues. This always includes the question, "What is the single most important thing that I can help you with right now?" I make sure to give them (we practice it in the session) a basic relaxation techniqe if they want it, and at least one concrete homework assignment to be sure something gets done. At the end I get them to talk about how the session went for them and what parts of it they thought were or were not helpful.
At this point, about 10 years counseling, 10 years teaching, and almost that long in full-time spiritual seeking when I could afford it. I wrote a spirituality textbook that I use for clients interested in that aspect of my work.
PhD--Religion--lots of counseling in the classroom setting, believe me!! Students often want to know how to handle their religious parents.
MS--Community Counseling; internship in substance abuse. Lots of anthropology in this curriculum, so good with indigenous / multicultural issues.
Previous licensed as NCC and will soon be so again (as LPC as well).
Certified 5-Star Dream Analysis method; practiced in Archetypal / Projective and a bit of Natural Dreamwork methods.
40 years yoga/meditation; have taught meditation courses areound Philadelphia for 20 years.
Recent courses/certifications in CBT and ACT
See spiritual and other credentials on my website, davidlowmsphd.com
I'm acutely aware that many people can't afford therapy the $175 per hour plus that some helpers charge... with that in mind, at this stage in my life I happen to be able to afford to charge less.
First session discounted
Indivdual sessions $90/hour; $120 for 90 min intake
Financial hardship: as low as $60/hour
$10-$30 per person per session for group sessions, depending if online or in person and what type of group
Substance abuse internship in 1985 for my Masters degree.
All kinds, over the years... lots of minorites and hispanics in substance abuse experience (as well as whites of course), some couples, and mostly white and some AAmerican women in dreamwork. Lots of college students from teaching days, as well. Most of my clients now tend to be people in their 20s and 30s dealing with anxiety AND deeper philosophical issues (again, often without realizing it).
The other day, a client really got how her dream was telling her to accept her daugher's choice of husband, and her own strained relationship with this son-in-law, as her karma, and not as her fault. She almost came to tears. Another recently cried for a half-hour as a result of understandings connected with doing his first meditation--on his own!--after I taught him the technique. Also, I'd have to say seeing two people rediscover how they really do love and respect each other, once you get them communicating again.
Plus, I've seen lots of CBT situations, etc. which are less dramatic but just as meaningful to clients.
Be sure the person is older, has a lot of spiritually-oriented life experience and is really easygoing to talk to. There's nothing worse than having someone just give you short answers to questions whidh are really important to you. If your issues involve relationships, divorce, that sort of thing, be sure that your counselor has a strong, decades-long marriage of his or her own.
I would make a list of major issues, and then break each of them down in as much detail as you can. If dreams are involved, write them out and offer to send them to the therapist ahead of time (if he or she does dreamwork). More generally, I would take the time to think through anything in your life that you have major difficulty with, even if it doesn't seem to be related to your problem situation. It probably does!!