Stuart Pearson, LAPC
Our lives rarely seem to follow any predictable trajectory, and even when they do, reality and expectation often conspire in our hearts and minds to frustrate and disappoint. In the process of navigating these trajectories, we experience countless forms or variations of basic human suffering (grief, trauma, disappointment, anger, loss, etc). We might imagine equally countless reasons to seek therapy in the service of managing, coping with, or surviving the suffering in our lives. I aspire to be your partner in this endeavor. However, relief from suffering alone is not the only reason to seek counseling. I hope to be a partner to you in the growth, change, meaning, and fulfillment you might find in a life well-lived.
My experience continues to reinforce the notion that therapy should be firmly grounded in a deep and careful understanding of your lived experience. Assessment is the bedrock of how I aspire to approach our work, and I believe a strong relationship between you and I is an essential element. To that end, I draw primarily from humanistic and existential theories, but I also incorporate psychodynamic theory, cognitive theories, various personality theories, and depth psychotherapy. Through my continuing education and experience as a therapist, I’ve become particularly interested in neurobiology, developmental psychology, gender and masculinity, attachment styles, cognition and emotion, and substance abuse.
I’m also increasingly more interested in the growing body of scientific literature supporting cognitive based mindfulness training and Buddhist psychology in the pursuit of healing, change, and personal growth. I do not, by any means, claim to be an expert in a cultural practice that dates back over 2,000 years, but I am always willing to share my curiosity with you should you find yourself similarly curious.
I am a former infantry officer of the United States Army with 3.5 years of active service and combat service in Afghanistan. I spent another 6 in the Georgia Army National Guard. I earned my master’s degree in psychology from the University of West Georgia in May of 2016. I am more than happy to work with individuals, couples and groups of all ages.
- Post-Traumatic Stress