John A. Atchison, LCSW
Fully Licensed Since 1982


Hello Men,

Thanks for visiting this page for you.  Here’s what my approach on individual counseling for men is about:

First and foremost, when we want help, it just isn’t out there; just try searching for “counseling for men” on Google.  Resources for us are few and far between.  And what’s there rarely fits with what we’re looking for.  As a result, when we try it, we end up frustrated, and give up.  Here’s why:

While learning about ourselves helps, it’s just the start.  To put it simply, one-sided counseling isn’t enough.  For it to succeeded we have to understand both sides of the coin.  We need answers as to why she says and does things we don’t understand.  Together, you and I can figure this out in confidential individual sessions.

I’ve been a fully licensed clinician since 1982.  My training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy, which translates as "the mind in motion and healing".  This classic therapy foundation has an emphasis on the underlying reasons for relationship and emotional issues.  As such, you and I work together on finding the sources of problems, and what you can do about them.

What I do and don’t do in my practice is important for you to know from the start.  The following information is for my new clients, as well as those who’ve experienced disappointments with other counselors.

I Do Not:

  • Give forms to my clients, tell them to fill them out, and, “We’ll talk about it next time”.
  • Sell anything to my clients, such as books, workbooks, or DVDs.
  • Do any kind of remote therapy, examples of which are: over the phone, or Skype.
  • Give my clients instructions to do anything other than interact with me during our sessions.  Making lists and reading articles wastes your time and money.
  • Charge fees in advance of sessions. This includes paying in advance for a prescribed number of sessions.
  • Charge more for the initial session.

I Do:

  • Give my clients my full attention. I clearly recognize that I am employed by you.
  • Actively participate in our sessions. Therapy is a learning process that requires give-and-take on both of our parts.
  • Personally schedule all your appointments.
  • Use my personal cell phone for all calls.
  • Give my clients advance notice when I know I will be out of my office.
  • Maintain a flexible schedule to accommodate my client’s changes in their work and home obligations.

Do you find yourself thinking:

  • What did I do wrong...this time?
  • No matter what I do, it's not good enough.
  • I try to go by the rules, but they change all the time.
  • Why does it seems everything said to me in absolutes; "You always, you nevereverything you do..."?
  • It wasn't this way in the beginning.  What happened?
  • Is it me, or her, or what?
  • I wish I could talk to someone who gets it, and doesn't judge me.

There comes a time when something has to give.  When your time comes, give me a call, and we'll go from there.

Take Care,