“Paul OKeeffe specializes in working with people living with trauma and clinical disorders. He is trained and certified in EMDR therapy and provides a warm, welcoming, and positive environment where clients can expect to be part of the process of creating practical goals for treatment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I worked as an aid worker in Africa before starting my second career as a therapist. My work with refugees and the disabled shaped my desire to help those suffering from trauma and PTSD. I am a certificated EMDR therapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process usually consists of a phone call or email. I help each of my clients set goals for their treatment and — every two to three months — we review these goals to gage progress and determine if new goals need to be addressed. I enjoy working with all types of clients, though I frequently work with immigrants, LGBTQ clients, and people living with PTSD.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Aside from the required continuing education units that all clinicians must complete to maintain their licences, I set personal goals each year to learn about new modalities of therapy that can help me stay relevant and informed about new types of treatments as they become available in the field of psychology.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
In my life and work overseas in Africa and the Caribbean, I have come to appreciate and value the diverse world we live in and the many vibrant and interesting cultures that enrich the planet. I value cultural sensitivity because it is of utmost importance to discerning how best to work with people who have a different world view than my own.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has quickly become important to providing therapy. There is much to learn in this emerging field of therapy deliverance and I hope to continue learning best practices and circumstances to offer these services most optimally.
How do you work with people who hold particular religious and/or philosophical beliefs that are important to them?
Through my own religious studies, I have come to appreciate the role that religious beliefs and practices play in one's therapy and ongoing recovery. I welcome clients who want a therapist who will value their beliefs, honor their beliefs, and if needed, help incorporate said beliefs and practices into the client's treatment goals.
“Paul OKeeffe specializes in working with people living with trauma and clinical disorders.”