Comments from Philip Gastineau about his approach to helping others:
My approach to therapy for individuals who see me is being a guide while recognizing the individual as the driver and creator of their success and change. I believe having an unconditional, trusting, supportive, and strength-focused relationship between you and I is the foundation of counseling and fosters the ability to recognize you can and will succeed with your personal goals. I tend to focus on how one’s emotions and thoughts affect how we view and make sense of the world around us. I use the present moment and mindful awareness as tools to help individuals understand their thoughts and feelings as they are without judgment, in order to produce personalized strategies to overcome issues preventing you from living a full life. Overall, I strive to provide a nurturing and comfortable space to help all who visit me, so we can effectively process struggles, find acceptance, and develop an understanding that you are capable of making positive changes in your life
Background and Education:
Philip received his Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. He completed various internships working in substance use centers, college counseling centers, and community agencies throughout Northwest Indiana. Philip has an extensive history of working with college students as he has worked as a Career Counselor at the Valparaiso University Career Center, then worked for several years at Grand Valley State University Counseling Center when he moved to Michigan. Philip's main clinical areas of interest include trauma, couples/interpersonal relationships, anxiety, student-related concerns, identity development, men's issues, sports psychology, career coaching, and holistic health.
If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (616) 457-0016, extension 0.