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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.
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.
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.
Spirituality & religion based issues
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Aging related concerns
Young Adults (18-24)
Strength Based Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
LCSW- 10 years, MSW-21 years experience, and 15+ years of volunteer, community service and outreach.
- Florida, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, SW10938
MSW, Florida International University (Magna CumLaude)
BA, Southeastern College, Lakeland Florida (Summa CumLaude) (Trifold degree-Psychology, Pastoral Counseling, & Biblical Studies).
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.
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. John Watts, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is John Watts accepting new clients?
Yes, John Watts is accepting new clients.
Does John Watts accept insurance?
Yes, John Watts accepts insurance, including Florida Blue.
What types of therapy does John Watts offer?
John Watts offers therapy for couples, families and individuals.
Does John Watts offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in Florida can book John Watts for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does John Watts offer online therapy?
Yes, John Watts offers online therapy to people in Florida.
How quickly can I see John Watts?
John Watts typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does John Watts speak?
John Watts conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with John Watts online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with John Watts online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.