Justin Haber, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A, NCC

Therapist

As a therapist, I will be a fellow traveler with you while I listen to your life experiences with acceptance, curiosity, and compassion. I have been practicing mindfulness for over 7 years and often include mindfulness-based techniques such as offering pauses to bring attention to your breath, bodily sensations, and feelings. I also use techniques from Gestalt therapy which focuses on increasing your awareness of what is happening right in our therapy room. The goal of Gestalt therapy is to increase your ability to make choices that align with your values. To help people process trauma and difficult emotions, I often use a technique called Brainspotting, a body-centered technique, which is similar to EMDR.  If you are open to Expressive Arts Therapy, we can use art forms that are suitable to you so that I can better understand your life through your eyes and assist you in better understanding yourself. I find it helpful to incorporate Existential Therapy techniques in the therapy session by discussing universal and potentially spiritual questions such as, “Who am I?” and, “What is my purpose?”, or “What is the meaning of life?” I am also experienced in motivational interviewing and find that this collaborative approach can help us create meaningful goals for you. This approach is especially effective for people who want to make behavioral related changes, for example quitting or reducing the use of drugs.   

Everything that will happen in the therapy room is your choice. I relate my job in therapy to driving a car. You’re the driver, I am the GPS. I can provide directions and assist you in making decisions about your route, but ultimately you are the one who decides where we will go. I look forward to going on the therapy journey with adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families. I am queer and transgender affirming and welcoming to all diversities of peoples from various races, religions, and cultures. 

For my undergraduate degree, I graduated Cum Lade from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering. I earned my M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Addictions Counseling from Appalachian State University. I transitioned into counseling for many reasons. The ultimate reason I became a counselor instead of an engineer is because of my ability to relate to others and my strength in communication. With my training in engineering and mental health counseling, I am able to relate to people with more dominant left-sided or more dominant right sided brains.

In my free time I enjoy practicing martial arts, yoga, and mediation, playing soccer, dancing, spending time outside, watching movies, playing board and card games, and exercising in various ways.

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