Jim Katsoudas MACC, LCMHC, CCTP
Thank you for considering me as your counselor. I consider is an honor when my clients share their life with me and allow me to enter in the areas of their life that they find difficult. As a Surehope counselor I believe in creating an atmosphere that is conducive for healing. A safe and friendly place where my clients feel free to honestly express themselves, and work through the problems they face.
I specialize in working with men and the many issues they may face, such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, anger, career and job changes, pornography, sexual addiction, sexual abuse, sexual identity issues and problematic sexual behaviors. I also specialize in counseling male teen, ages 14 -18.
In addition, I counsel women who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. I enjoy counseling couples for premarital counseling and couples for marital counseling. I also provide career counseling, helping clients find direction for their vocations in life. As a Christian Counselor, I am available to assist people spiritually and theologically with problems and questions they may have about their spiritual life and the Christian Faith. Whether or not spirituality in brought into our sessions I leave that up to my clients to decide.
As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) I work with individuals to help them overcome debilitating problems they may be experiencing from past traumatic events in their life, using a variety Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative and other proven, time tested, strategies to help them overcome trauma.
I earned my Masters in Christian Counseling degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. My undergraduate work was done at Columbia International University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Church Ministries.
During my Master’s program, I had an opportunity to work with geriatric population in an assisted living facility, and as an intern in a wellness center providing counseling to individuals, couples, families and adolescents. Prior to becoming a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), I worked for fourteen years as a Pastoral Counselor for a nonprofit organization and working extensively with men dealing with problematic sexual behaviors and relational problems.
As a Counselor I believe in empowering my clients to live their life according to their own self- determination. I employ an eclectic approach in counseling using a variety of methods and modalities such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Experiential Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I am also a Certified Prepare & Enrich Facilitator and Certified Symbis Facilitator helping couples understand each other and themselves better in their marriage. These are well-established and researched methods of counseling that are widely respected as being effective. As a Christian Counselor I believe in a holistic approach of understanding human life and offering a compassionate approach to understanding ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I am married to my best friend, my wife Teri and she and I are “proudly owned” by our feline Gracie.