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.
A Counselor/Psychotherapist, Artist and Educator. Prior to receiving his MA 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.
Although he works with a variety of issues, his primary clinical focus is trauma, emotional abuse, affairs and betrayal traumas, existential crisis and restoration/deepening of the relationship one has with him/her/their self. Simply, he is interested in helping individuals and couples restore their sense of safety, reestablish their sense of self, rediscover their place in relationships and the world, and find meaning in life.
Populations with whom he is particularly familiar and enjoys working with are: Young Adults, Artists and Creatives, and the LGBTQ Community. He help individuals, couples and groups work through relationship and life-stage concerns, issues pertaining to sexuality and gender identity, and questions and concerns around faith and spirituality.
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 department teaching Personality and Psychosocial Assessment and Psychopathology, as well as Internship Seminar for students in the final stages of their degree process. He also provides supervision in the area of Couples Therapy for doctoral students in the PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Eastern.
TJ is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (PC011354). He is board certified by NBCC as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), the Philadelphia Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (PCEFT), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
Are you going through a difficult time? Counseling is provided in a warm atmosphere that promotes healing and growth. Together we can work through issues and explore solutions to meet your unique goals.
I earned a Master’s Degree for counseling with a focus on Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). I have a passion for helping couples and family members heal and restore relationships. Support and guidance are provided in a friendly and nonjudgmental environment
Through counseling, clients work towards resolving 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 relationship satisfaction. An integrated counseling approach to treatment which includes techniques from Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is used to explore needs and provide support as families and couples develop emotional bonds that promote growth, healing, and relationship enhancement. Play therapy interventions are used to help children resolve social, emotional, and behavioral problems.
As an ordained minister and 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.
Appointments for relationship support are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Hostetter Counseling.