Joseph D. LaBeau, M.Ed., Licensed Professional Counselor
Independent Private Practice Since 2005.
I am a compassionate, classically trained, mature and well finished counselor, rated with "superb" clinical judgement and with training in behavioral health and psychiatry at two separate medical schools. I am also a highly advanced practitioner of hypnosis, holding the highest certification available by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Steven Pliszka, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry, UTSAHSC Medical School, writes: “Mr. LaBeau dealt with a variety of very difficult cases with great skill …..he always had excellent input for other therapists. His clinical judgment is superb……”
Ran Anbar, M. D., Center Point Medicine, La Jolla, CA, Former President of American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, " [Mr. LaBeau is]...an outstanding clinician who utilizes hypnosis well."
Alex Kudisch, M.D., Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Valley Family Guidance Center, "I have consulted with Mr. LaBeau in fifty-two cases..[and he ] ... has demonstrated effective clinical counseling skills....I endorse him to become a Certified, Clinical Mental Health Counselor."
Hector Villareal C. LCSW, Board Approved Clinical Counseling Supervisor, Utilization Management, Texas Tropical Behavioral Health, "[Mr. LaBeau]..has demonstrated effective clinical counseling skills while under my supervision..100 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision over the required two-year period...It has been a privilege to supervise someone as competent as Mr. LaBeau"
Memberships: Texas Counseling Association, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, Texas Association for LGBT Issues In Counseling
Counseling style: I am a modern, cognitive analytic therapist, which means I believe that the problems we experience today have multiple causes. Some come from current thinking (cognitive) mistakes and distortions. Some come from repeated unhelpful behaviors. These problems are helped by breaking old habits and learning more skillful ways of thinking and behaving and then practicing these skills many times in various situations.
Others problems, however, are more deeply rooted in our mind, and have been developing for a long while. Short-term, solution focused, problem-solving type approaches often fail this kind of patient because they do not help us with the deeper, unconscious part of ourselves that causes us to repeat our mistakes and creates our symptoms in the first place. This work traditionally requires a classical analytical approach, learning about how the client came to suffer they way they do over the course of their life, especially focusing on their childhood and their relationships with parent figures.
Many patients, however, can speed even this deeper work by means of clinical hypnosis- a modality that helps the patient find inner resources for change that can be quite astounding.
Here is where I make an important point about the therapist you choose. I recommend a classical analytic therapist. They are variously differentiated as "psycho-dynamic" or" psycho-analytical" therapists, or simply as an "analyst" or psychoanalyst" Here is why.
First, I believe classical analytic therapists are a very intelligent, creative, compassionate, and are an extremely well trained type of therapist. Second, beyond having years of specialized post graduate training in analysis, they must also undergo personal analysis themselves for an extensive period of time if they are to have any hope of helpfully analyzing their patients.
Incredibly, most, if not all, other schools of therapy are not known to have such a requirement, i.e., personal therapy for the therapist.
I personally am of the opinion that I would only want to see a therapist who has undergone substantial depth therapy themselves first, before seeing me.
First, because then I would have reason to believe my therapist is not burdened with major unrecognized issues themselves that would affect their work with me, and second because my therapist would then have a sound understanding of what the patient experience in therapy is like, and likely would have been humbled to find that, in the quest for truth that is therapy, they themselves are far from perfect, and not so very different from their patients.
Special Qualifications: I completed a One Year Certificate Program (2013), followed by clinical group supervision, which was then followed by about another year in personal analysis - all through the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston New Jersey. I also completed one- year of Child Studies as a Fellow at The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. I have extraordinary medical training, including three years of post-license clinical supervision by a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Department Chair at UTHSC-SA Medical School (see above quote by Dr. Pliszka) and have obtained a Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health from University of Mass., Medical School, Family Medicine Dept.
I have five years experience working in a primary care medical setting and provided training in behavioral medicine to 3rd year medical students as they would circulate through their rotation at my site.
I have been certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis as an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis- highest level of certification- certified to teach hypnosis to other licensed clinicians.