Meet the therapists with Hostetter Counseling...
Providing therapeutic support for others is at the core of my motivation to be a therapist. Friends and family are integral to all of our existence, yet there are times we need safe, comfortable, professional, and qualified support in our life. That was my motivation in launching Hostetter Counseling in 2013. I desired to provide a counseling option for the greater Pottstown region that offers a holistic perspective of individuals, partnered with quality care and realistic therapeutic support to conquer personal challenges people experience in life.
I work with teenagers through adults who experience all types of mental and emotional distress. I am certified in addictions counseling and work with both those struggling with addiction and their family members. I am presently completing requirements for Advanced certification in Schema Therapy; an approach to counseling which I believe fits perfectly with my holistic approach to therapy.
I believe hospitality is not a value just for home and so I make it a point to make my clients feel at home when coming into therapy. Becoming vulnerable with another person is some of the most challenging work we have to do in therapy, and a comfortable, welcoming environment can help bring someone into that level of honesty.
I have been licensed to practice counseling in PA since 2011 and have worked in both the community and private sectors of mental health and drug and alcohol counseling. I have a strong network of professionals around me and continue to look for opportunities within the Pottstown community to be a viable resource for others.
I recognize that considering counseling is a courageous step and I am glad you are taking the opportunity to visit our website. As a therapist at Hostetter Counseling, I seek to walk alongside my clients, at a pace that is comfortable for them, and help to facilitate the process of growth and healing.
I graduated from Biblical Theological Seminary in 2013 and I continued on in the Certificate for Advanced Professional Counseling program and finished in 2014. I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I have worked in the field of mental health for over eight years and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults within private practice, community mental health, and partial hospitalization programs. I have worked in specialized settings including those with veterans, sexually abused children and adolescents, and severely mentally ill adults.
My areas of specialty and interest include: anxiety disorders, trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, co-dependency and relationship conflict. I am ecclectic in my therapeutic style and draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialetical Behavior Therapy, and Schema Therapy among other modalities. I enjoy engaging people in questions surrounding spirituality, and identity and strive to approach each counseling relationship holistically. I am also certified in PREPARE/ENRICH for individuals interested in pre-marital counseling.
TJ Walsh, MA is a Counselor/Psychotherapist, Painter, Art and Higher Education Administrator. Prior to receiving his M.A. in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Eastern University in Saint Davids, PA, TJ received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
TJ has extensive experience working with young adults, university students and young couples with a focus on artistic and creative personalities. He typically works with young couples who are struggling to connect with one another and individuals who find themselves stuck in place. In addition to his work in group and private practice, TJ is an experienced Student Affairs/Student Life professional with focuses in the areas of Counseling, Conduct/Judicial Affairs, Title IX.
Originally trained psychodynamically, TJ has since obtained or is working toward certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy, as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). No matter the therapeutic theory that may be running through his mind, the primary focus is to build a strong, therapeutic alliance and to instill hope in the person(s) who sits across from him so that they may live a life worth living.
TJ writes and speaks about topics of art, culture, faith & mental health. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. He is on faculty at Eastern University in the graduate school's Counseling Psychology program teaching Personality and Psychosocial Assessment, as well as Psychopathology.
TJ is completing the necessary requirement for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He receives his LPC supervision from Joshua Hostetter, MA LPC, PC006178 Pennsylvania. In addition, he is supervised for his work in Emotionally Focused Therapy by Wendy Merson, LMFT, MF000333 Pennsylvania
I earned a Master’s Degree for Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling at Messiah College in 2018 and have been a member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists since 2017. I have a passion for helping couples and family members heal and restore relationships. During my therapy sessions, support and guidance are provided in a friendly and nonjudgmental environment.
As a trained marriage, couple, and family counselor, I provide counseling services to couples and families and work collaboratively with them to resolve relationship issues and behavioral problems that affect their well-being or relationships. Utilizing a systemic perspective helps couples and family members to process conflict and to develop a treatment plan which helps them resolve conflict and improve satisfaction within their relationships. I use an integrated counseling approach to treatment which includes techniques from Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to explore needs and provide support as families and couples develop emotional bonds that promote growth, healing, and relationship enhancement.
I have been an ordained minister since 2011. I received a Diploma of Biblical Counseling in 2014 from Light University (a division of the American Association of Christian Counselors) and a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Slidell Baptist Seminary in 2011. As a Christian counselor, I enjoy helping clients explore their spirituality and develop strategies to integrate their beliefs and values into the therapeutic process in order to meet their unique needs.