My name is T.J. VanMarter.
Nice to e-meet you!
I am a licensed mental health counselor and behaviorist who proudly serves those in need of guidance and understanding through trying times. You have likely visited this page for support for yourself or a loved one for guidance through a significant life challenge or continuous personal issues. It may be a significant life change, such as a separation, graduation, career change, relationship problem or anything else that causes distress or discomfort. You may suffer from anxiety, depression, or feeling like you're "stuck" in life.
My goal for all clients is to find understanding through these times, gain insight, develop functional coping strategies, and positively change emotions and behaviors. My practice fosters a non-judgemental environment for clients to freely discuss their concerns.
***NOTE ABOUT COVID-19 (Coronavirus)***
I am still seeing clients face-to-face in my office; however, I am also offering video therapy for those who’d feel more comforting and secure conducting session from the comfort of their home.
A Bit About Me
I have been practicing therapy and mental health counseling in a variety of settings since 2010. I began my career working with athletes in managing pre-performance anxiety, enhancing self-confidence, setting goals, and working through life stressors.
In addition, I had the opportunity to provide individual and group therapy at an inpatient mental institute counseling patients working through substance abuse and psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia.
My career evolved into working with children and young adults with autism and other developmental disorders through behavior therapy. In 2016, I become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I use my time as a behaviorist in my practice to assist families in creating long-lasting positive behavior change for children and improving upon interpersonal skills between parent and child.
Overall, I have a bevy of experience working with individuals and families with depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationship issues, and significant life changes. I ensure a non-judgemental, comfortable environment to openly discuss personal issues while providing education about surrounding problems and collaboratively working to improve emotions, positively change behaviors, and increase overall well-being.
PERSONAL NOTE - I am a devoted husband to my lovely wife and father to four beautiful children. When I'm not providing support for clients, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing board games, or cheering on one of my many sports teams from the State of Arizona.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #115577)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BACB #1-16-22082)
CAMFT Member (Member# 112794)
Masters Degrees - Argosy University
Bachelor of Arts Degree - Arizona
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Some of the Services I Offer
For long-lasting emotional management
One-on-one sessions offer the opportunity to discuss your concerns in a calm, non-judgemental, and confidential environment. I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy as a means for establishing new thought patterns, which promote emotional freedom and long-lasting behavior change.
To strengthen the familial bond
Our families are our first, and sometimes strongest, source of social support. When there are interpersonal issues within the family, it has a spillover effect to everyone else within the family system. I assist families in identifying the sources of tension and working through them as a unit.
Use your mind to enhance your performance
Is your goal to achieve a certain athletic goal, such as a scholarship, or to get back to having fun with sports again? A vast majority of athletic performance issues stem from negativistic thinking, lack of confidence, and pre-performance anxiety. I offer individual or group therapy to address common issues that impede upon athletic success. During sessions, you'll learn ways to manage anxiety, increase self-confidence, enhance focus, and other tools to boost performance.
You Ask - I Answer
What is your therapuetic style?
I use a combination of therapeutic approaches. Primarily, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to thoroughly analyze how negative thought patterns impact emotions and behaviors, while installing healthier, adaptive ways of thinking to promote improved mood and functioning.
I also use Rogerian therapy, which involves actively listening to my cleitns' needs and concerns while offering judgement-free positive regard and manage intrapsychic conflict.
One of my strengths as a therapist is flexibility and tailoring treatment to meet the unique needs of my client. For example, I believe that treating a young child should look different than treating an elder (I've been called a "cool therapist" as a result).
What are your fees?
This is a conversation I have with prospective clients during our free initial phone consultation, as different treatment types and length determine fees. I do take into consideration individual financial circumstances. For payment, I accept cash, check, credit cards, Venmo, Square, Zelle, and PayPal. I also accept most HSAs.
How long are sessions?
The initial session is an intake, which takes about 60-75 minutes. This session is important as it gathers all of the background information about the client(s), presenting concerns, and past experiences. This session allows for the client and I to create reasonable therapy goals, establish a working relationship, and create a foundation for intervention. Ensuing therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length.
During the onset of treatment, I normally recommend that clients commit to one session per week. However, depending on individual or situational needs, I may see a client two or more times per week.
Do you provide online, remote, or video services?
Absolutely! I am trained to conduct web-based video therapy. My license covers all of California, so I can see clients anywhere in the state; whether it be San Francisco, San Diego, or Los Angeles. With the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many clients have elected to conduct sessions through video for the purposes of safety and convenience.
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