Andy SearsOwner, Director, Counselor
This page is where I’m supposed to talk about me and my credentials so you know I’m legit, but this is really about you, so first I want to make some important points to help you decide if I’m a good fit:
- I have true passion for what I do. Nothing gives me more energy than connecting with a client and feeling like they’re finding their true self and on a path to living an authentic life.
- That being said, no counselor is a good fit for everyone, so you should know I have the most success with individual, (parents of) teen, and military/veteran clients who understand this process isn’t magic and I can’t “fix it” (yourself, your marriage, your kid…) for you.
- You need to be ready to to do the work, to be invested in it.
- I’m real with a straight forward, no-nonsense approach to therapy, and while I don’t have a magic wand, I can promise you we’ll get shit done.
What Makes Me Credible
- I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Counselor Education, both from The Ohio State University.
- I’m proud to have graduated from the Counselor Education program at Ohio State as it’s consistently ranked in the top 10 in the country and is rigorous, with many hours of observed, supervised counseling sessions, which although nerve-racking, really helped hone my skills and give me confidence as a counselor.
- I’m an LPCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (E0701097), in the state of Ohio.
- I’m a veteran of the United States Air Force (1999-2003).
- I’m the Owner and Director of Blue Boat Counseling, which I opened with my wife, Carrie, in our hometown of Worthington, Ohio, following stints in community mental health, group practice and solo private practice.
- I’ve been helping clients like you for over a decade by primarily using a Person-Centered approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness techniques.
- While I help a wide variety of clients with various mental health concerns, my passion and true connection is in counseling young adults who are feeling lost and depressed and veterans who experience PTSD symptoms or difficulty adjusting to civilian life.
I hope this helped you make a decision about whether I’m the right fit. I know it’s hard to take that first step toward counseling, so if I’m not the counselor for you, please continue the search (which I’m happy to help with) because you deserve to be you.