Joe Hawkins, CCTP

Mental Health Counseling Student Intern

I love walking alongside individuals as they find hope and healing in the midst of whatever they may be battling. I specialize in individuals and couples struggling with addictions, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, sexuality and trauma.

What is your main goal when working with a client?

My goal is to provide clients the space, safety, and help they need to explore whatever they may be struggling with so that they may experience healing and freedom.

What is your approach and what methods do you employ?

My approach is very relational, as I view the relationship between client and therapist as a vital foundation in the counseling process. Over the course of our lives we are deeply wounded in relationships, and I believe that healing works best in the context of relationship as well. I also work to help the client sort through all the conflict inside of themselves in order to integrate all of what they’re experiencing into their true, authentic, free self. I do have a musical background as well and love to incorporate the arts into therapy if the client is interested.

What age groups do you most often work with?

I work with all ages, though most of my clients fall between the ages of 16-60.

Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?

It all depends on the individual I’m working with and what the specific session calls for. I think there are times to be very active, and times to sit back and let the client process and sort through whatever is going on inside of them. A client can expect that I will be fully engaged with what is going on and doing my best to adapt to their specific needs.

What is your background and what are your credentials?

I’m currently a graduate student intern and will be graduating with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in the winter of 2019. I’m from Cleveland, OH, and have been in Orlando since 2014, after moving here to manage a restaurant while completing my undergraduate degree. My background is in restaurant management and ministry, and I’ve had the pleasure of leading music and youth ministries for several years prior to pursuing a degree in counseling.

What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?

My foray into counseling was largely brought about by my own experiences. I have felt depths of pain and hopelessness that I did not believe could subside, and I have felt the joy of healing and freedom, largely with the help of my own therapy. My personal experience has shown me the beauty of what is possible when we come together to work through our struggles, and I have a deep desire to offer others that same opportunity. I love people, and I believe that we were made to flourish in this life. Counseling is my practical step to help every individual I encounter flourish and experience life to the fullest.

Tell us about your education.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University.


Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership

Southeastern University

Graduate Student

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Member of American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)


Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Level 1

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

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