Joan Ferdinand Keleher MS, LCPC
 Providing counseling for individuals, couples and families

My Philosophy
Following are some of my personal beliefs that serve as the philosophical foundation of my professional practice:

I believe that within every client resides an inner wisdom and dignity, a place where a special ‘knowing’ and resiliency exist side by side.

I believe that every client possesses an inborn tendency toward healing. Just as our bodies tend to heal themselves – often without medication or special procedures –
so do our emotions seek out a healing place, often in ways that may seem veiled and confusing to the untrained observer.

I believe that a client’s feelings, thoughts, and actions are intimately connected and need to be understood.

I believe that when change is desirable, to be effective and lasting it must be done safely and in small steps.

I believe that clients are always doing the best they can.

I believe that clients cannot fail at therapy, that only therapy can fail.

I believe that clients cannot feel safe or make progress if feeling judged.

I believe in psychotherapy as a collaborative process between equals on behalf of my clients and their goals.

I believe that at a minimum for a client to heal, as Henry David Thoreau once said, “It takes two to speak the truth: One to speak, and another to hear.”