John Watts

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In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

I view my career choice as an extension of my world view, which can be summed up in the Golden Rule; “treat others as you would have them treat you,” fairly, with dignity and respect, as equals, in a non judgmental way, viewing each person based on the “content of their character” as well as their potential. My philosophy and personality are a reflection of my values, and world view; in a word, integrity; and my therapeutic approach, is a coaching and motivational style, to support and encourage clients to reach their full potential. I view my career choice in counseling as a calling, based on my gifts of a “pastoral” nature, as a leader/mentor, facilitating change through teaching effective coping strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Skills, establishing and maintaining trust, which is the foundation of any healthy relationship, so that clients may find a more balanced life, a guide, a road map for recovery.

Is there any research-based work you’ve done that you found particularly exciting, and how has that informed your practice today?

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Rational EmotiveTherapy (REBT) are evidenced-based theories that are very practical and effective in treating most every mental health, and or dually diagnosed (mental health and substance abuse) issues. Based on the concept that replacing and training our thoughts to be rational, rooted in reality and truth, It focuses mostly on the present, or practicing ‘Mindfulness,’ (avoiding ruminating over the past, or worry about the future), and to help you understand how unhealthy thoughts and beliefs create emotional distress which, in turn, leads to unhealthy actions and behaviors that interfere with your current life goals. Once identified and understood, negative thoughts and actions can be changed and replaced with more positive and productive behavior, allowing you to develop more successful personal and professional relationships.” In practice, these learned skills “can help you with negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, guilt, and extreme or inappropriate anger, as well as substance abuse, or addictive behaviors.”This approach is also used to help change stressful and self-defeating behaviors, such as aggression, unhealthy eating, and procrastination;” obstacles that prevent attaining to a more satisfying, and balanced lifestyle, and reaching your personal and career goals.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

My therapeutic style, which is rooted in evidence-based, effective and practical Cognitive Behavioral, and Motivational Therapy, is coaching, holistic, strengths-based (utilizing clients’ own strengths and resources), learning and applying new coping skills, and finding viable solutions to assist in finding a balanced, happier, healthier and wholesome lifestyle.

Specialties

General Expertise

In-Network Insurance

New Directions Florida Blue

Fees

$100

First Session

$100

Family Therapy

$95

Couples Therapy

$95

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Parents

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Strength Based Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Coaching

Existential Therapy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Person-Centered Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Pastoral & Faith Based Counseling

Training / Certifications

LCSW- 10 years, MSW-21 years experience, and 15+ years of volunteer, community service and outreach.

Licensure

FL, LCSW, SW10938

Education

MSW, Florida International University (Magna CumLaude)

BA, Southeastern College, Lakeland Florida (Summa CumLaude) (Trifold degree-Psychology, Pastoral Counseling, & Biblical Studies).

Work History

I have served for 20 years, with various age groups, with my forte in crisis, substance abuse/addictions, dually diagnosed and related codependency issues; Most mental health issues; faith-based counseling from a Biblical perspective, and family therapy.

Location

Serving all of Florida, Daytona Beach, 32114, FL