counseling speaks, LLC

Joseph Stirling Hamilton, MA, LPC, NCC is Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters degree from Northwestern University. As a student at Northwestern University’s Masters of Counseling program, he completed an internship at The Family Institute, working with a variety of clients and using a range of modalities and interventions. These included client-centered and cognitive-behavioral styles. He has experience treating many different psychopathologies - including anxiety and depressive disorders.  He also has extensive research experience in the psychopathological predictors of substance abuse. His clinical training and research experience  provide him with insight into self-defeating behaviors and the research-based methods shown to effectively treat them.

Joseph’s clinical interests includes the treatment of substance abuse, narrative building, self-esteem issues, and the exploration and identification of the maladaptive schemas that often contribute to psychological discomfort. 

Joseph strongly believes in the human capacity for change. He encourages this by working closely with the client to identify and address the persistent but often covert patterns of flawed thinking and acting that can lead to psychological and emotional distress. Building more constructive and realistic narratives is key to his approach. Joseph utilizes may different strategies and exercises to promote the healthy change of behavior and to give clients the tools they need to become effective agents of change in their lives.