Frequently Asked Questions

About Therapy, about Me, and about Life 

How do I find a good therapist near me in Birmingham, Alabama?

Send me an email! You should work with someone who you feel comfortable with. If you don't feel safe, heard and respected; find another therapist! There are so many different types of therapy and types of therapists. I know so many great therapists near me in this city. If you are looking for therapy, premarital counselors, a child psychologist or marriage counseling let me know! Please send me an email and I can recommend someone that I think would be great for your personality and goals for therapy in the Birmingham area.

 

I want you to be in therapy, even if it is not with me.  I am happy to make a recommendation for who I think would be a good fit for you if I am full or you would prefer another therapist. There are many types of therapy and therapists. It's easy to get overwhelmed. Let me help make it easier for you to get help.

I want you to be in therapy, even if it is not with me.  I am happy to make a recommendation for who I think would be a good fit for you if I am full or you would prefer another therapist. There are many types of therapy and therapists. It's easy to get overwhelmed. Let me help make it easier for you to get help.
 

Why should I go to therapy?

People go to therapy for a variety of reasons: Anger management, PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, career counseling, elder care, behavior problems with children, grief, relationship problems, marriage counseling, or just a general sense of dissatisfaction with life. 

When I see a patient for psychotherapy I listen to the specific things that they are telling me that they want to change in their life. I try and understand what makes them unique and hear their story as an individual. I make a plan to help help each patient accomplish the goals they are asking me for. I think about all the different types of therapy I have been trained in and about which ones will help this patient.  

In addition to listening to what a patient is talking about, I also listen for what a patient is not telling me. I try and figure out what is it about this patient that they are avoiding looking at in their own life. I try and help patients see the things that make them uncomfortable about themselves and face these fears. This always results in patients discovering new things that they want out of life that they didnt ask for when they first came in. 

I think that we live our lives in a kind of fog and psychotherapy can help clear that fog. Psychotherapy can help us heal, but it can also put us in touch with who we really are and what we really want. 

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a therapist that specializes in anxiety, specializes in trauma and specializes in dissociative disorders. In addition to that I do a lot of other styles of therapy. I see many patients that have PTSD and are veterans and first responders. I also see many people for premarital counseling, career counseling and executive coaching. I try and stay trained in the needs of all of our community in Birmingham, Alabama. 

If you want to know more check out the way I do therapy or my bio. If you have any questions drop me a line

Do you offer premarital counseling?

 

Yes. Most premarital counseling focuses on wether or not you share common life goals, plans and strategies with your partner. My premarital counseling helps people see the reasons they are attracted to each other. It helps couples examine the way that they will change over their life journey. It helps couples discover who they will be at many points in their life, not just resolve issues present when they are getting married. 

 

Who are good EMDR therapists in Birmingham?

I get more calls about EMDR therapy than any other modality I do. I am happy to refer you to many other EMDR therapists in Birmingham Alabama if you send me and email

What happens in therapy? What is therapy like?

 

What happens in therapy is that sit down with you and pay deep attention to what you are telling me and what your story is. I ask you what you want out of therapy, and then I try and give you that result. If a therapist does not listen to you respect you or try and help you, leave. There is nothing wrong with you. That is not how therapy should work.  

What insurance do you take?

  • American Behavioral

  • AllKids

  • BrightHealth

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield

  • Viva

 

Do you work with kids or couples?

 

I work with adults 18+.

I work with couples under certain circumstances, but primarily do individual therapy. 

I have many colleagues that work with kids and families. I would be happy to give you a referral. 

Where did you go to school?

I got a bachelors degree form Sewanee: The University of the South. I majored in comparative religion. 

I got a master's degree from The University of Alabama in clinical social work with a concentration in adults and families. 

I was awarded a Master's Scholar award while at Alabama. 

What do all the letters in your degree mean?

LICSW means I am a clinical social worker at the highest level of licensure. LGSW is the level of licensure below the LICSW for anyone with a master's degree. A BSW holds a bachelor's in social work. 

 

My license number is: 4135C

PIP is a private independent practitioner. It is a certification awarded to certain LICSW,s by the state board. It means that I can own my own business and supervise other social workers. 

What is your PIP in?

A PIP is awarded in a certain area.

My PIP allows me to practice case work and clinical social work. 

What are different types of therapy?

Jungian Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy

EMDR

Brainspotting

Trauma Therapy

 

Sensorimotor Therapy 

ACT Therapy

 

REBT Therapy 

DBT THerapy

Most people come into therapy knowing nothing about any of the styles of therapy. That is absolutely fine. Some people come into therapy really interested in one and want to talk about it. I love that and am happy to talk to you about how any of these modalities work or how I apply them. Give me a call. 

Are You an LGBTQ friendly therapist, a Christian friendly therapist, an atheist friendly therapist, a trans friendly therapist, or an anything else friendly therapist?

I value who you are and what you believe and want you to get better. You are the best expert in how to be the best you. I just want you to find that "you". I want to find your unique strengths and gifts and help you apply them to life. I am a "you" friendly therapist. Be honest. Bring yourself. Come as you are. 

Can you prescribe medication for anxiety, depression, panic, etc?

No. Only a psychiatrist can prescribe medication in Alabama. I am happy to refer you to one. Research shows that therapy combined with medication is the most effective way to treat some mental health disorders. 

What is the difference in a psycho therapist and a psychiatrist? What are the different types of therapists?

Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners can prescribe medication.

 

A psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor. They are licensed by the AMA. They can prescribe medication.

A nurse practitioner is the highest level of licensure for a nurse who works with an MD. They are licensed by the state. They can prescribe medication.

A clinical psychologist is someone licensed with Ph.D. in Psychology. They are licensed by the APA. They cannot prescribe medication.

A MFT or marriage and family therapist typically does therapy with couples and families. They are usually trained in more systemic models of therapy. They have a masters degree and are licensed by the state. They cannot prescribe medication.

An LPC or licensed professional counselor is has a masters degree in counseling and a license from the state board. They have a masters degree in counseling. They are at the highest level of their professional licensure.  They cannot prescribe medication.

An LICSW or an LICSW PIP is a licensed clinical social worker with a license to practice independently and supervise other social workers from the state board. They have a masters degree in social work. They are at the highest level of their professional licensure. They cannot prescribe medication. 

Got a question not on here? Send me an email.

 I offer in office therapy sessions as well as teletherapy sessions.

Practice Location:

2025 Shady Crest Drive

Suite 203

 Hoover, Alabama 35216

Phone:

 

(205) 999-9240

Email:

 

JoelBlackstock@GetTherapyBirmingham.com

Hours

 Tuesday - Thursday : 8am - 6pm

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