Why Therapy 4 The People?

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Therapy 4 The People is my effort to make quality psychotherapy services available to as many people as possible regardless of income, insurance status, and other factors.  My three core values are:

  • Accessibility: Access to quality mental health care is a major problem in our society. Many health plans put severe restrictions on the availability of mental health care or don’t cover it at all. I am committed to finding ways to make therapy accessible and affordable to as many people as possible.
  • Dignity: Seeing a therapist doesn’t mean that “something is wrong with you.” In my experience, the primary problem is a sick society, not a sick person. I pledge to work with you as an equal partner. You bring the self-knowledge that only you can bring, and I bring my training and experience as a Wisconsin-certified Advanced Practice Social Worker, as well as my own life experiences.
  • Education and Empowerment: Everybody should be knowledgeable about mental health–not just therapists. I see our sessions as opportunities for me to share such knowledge and resources. The better-informed you are as a consumer, the more you can advocate for your needs and achieve your goals.

I specialize in helping people difficult life transitions, trauma, work and career issues, self-esteem issues, relationship counseling, and severe and persistent mental illness.  I also have experiences and insight into race, cultural diversity, and spiritual/religious issues.

I believe that all of us were created unique to make a special impact on the world around us.  We are all products of different combinations of backgrounds, circumstances, relationships, and experiences. These combine to give us a perspective no one else has. I help you tap that uniqueness within yourself and take it into the wide world. Circumstances such as trauma, pressure to conform, and many other situations beyond our control may have kept us from tapping that full potential. My question is “What’s working well, what can work better, and how can you and I best work together as a team to work through your challenges?”

And speaking of being an informed consumer, here are my credentials: I have a Master’s in Social Work earned from the University of Wisconsin, and my area of concentration was mental health.  I am also certified as an Advanced Practice Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin.  This permits me to offer psychotherapy services under supervision from a Licensed Clinical Social Worker–in this case James F. McGloin, Jr., PhD, LCSW who has been in practice since 1971.

–Haven M. McClure, MSW, CAPSW