About

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John Szudera, M.S., LMFT-5534, LCPC-5584

Education and Training

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Carroll College in 2004 and my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University in 2011. I have received training in Clinical Family Therapy under the supervision of Dr. Carolyn Golden, Adlerian Theory/Therapy from the Idaho Society of Individual Psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy from the Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences.

As an endorsed supervisor for clinicians seeking to further their therapeutic skills by Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, I attend various trainings, conferences, and workshops to increase my knowledge of practices, techniques, and supportive theory to better assist trainees.

I created Agape Counseling to serve others in an environment that is supportive and safe for the client (individual, couple, or family) to explore areas of need. Counseling involves engaging in the process of exploring to create awareness and understanding of life decisions and ultimately increase the functioning of the client.

Theoretical Orientation and Approach

I use holistic approaches to address the treatment for couples, families, and individuals. Systems Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Individual Psychology Therapy treatments are utilized for couples, families, and individuals to address marriage distress, parenting struggles, parent-child and sibling relationships, coupleship discourse (all orientations), autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, self esteem, and social skill development concerns. I am a firm believer that relationships and connection are intrinsic to personal development and each person’s values are important in the development of a course of treatment based on the goals and desired outcome clients have selected. I understand treatment and professional development are akin and ever growing; as new evidence-based treatments are learned and developed, and as they match client needs, they will be utilized for treatment.

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