Experience and Services

My Approach

My approach is guided by the firm belief that people are good and doing their best. So we will explore what you value — what matters to you — and which experiences affirm your values and increase vitality in your life. Perhaps you value a sense of belonging or contribution, or having fun, friends, and your pet. Perhaps feeling more even-keeled or content is important to you. Together we will look at what is most important to you, and then we will determine what gets in the way.

What usually gets in the way are difficult feelings and thoughts that overwhelm and undermine. Our work will not prevent those; difficult feelings and thoughts are part of life. However, in my experience, the more people tend to what they value, the less they are impacted by the challenging internal experiences. So, a large part of what we will practice is learning how to do what's important even in the presence of difficult feelings and thoughts.

Metaphorically, I hope therapy with me feels like one traveler offering guidance to another. You are on your ‘mountain of life’ doing your best to climb. I am on my ‘mountain of life’ doing my best to climb. In between us is a valley. Our session together is a time when I pause my climb to assess yours. With the advantage of perspective and training, I can see what is around you and call out: “This method works really well” or “Most people have trouble going that direction, try this way.” This also means that you, doing the 'actual' climbing, can call back: “I’ve tried,” or “It feels too slippery. I’m scared.” Then we collaboratively discuss and challenge each other to understand and uncover what works.

Resources and Influence

The following is an incomplete list of resources that influence how I connect to, understand, and help people. This list is meant to better inform you of who I am and my approach so that you can gain a sense if we might be a good fit. The most important indicator of a successful therapeutic outcome is when therapist and client can trust, empathize, and collaborate. To that end, I encourage you to call and ask any questions you might have about me!

Services Provided

I offer clinical assessments and therapeutic interventions based on each individual client’s needs, goals, and values. I work with adolescents and adults ages 16 and up. While I primarily employ the techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, I also draw upon those of Polyvegal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness Practices.


Areas of expertise:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Binge Eating Disorder and unhealthy relationships to food

  • Life Transitions

  • Couple therapy and non-romantic partner counseling

  • Autism or Asperger Syndrome

  • Coping with ADHD

  • Climate change anxiety

  • Social skills building

  • Grief

  • Stress and coping techniques

Professional Experience

Background


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of North Carolina, 2022

  • MSW, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019

  • BA, Global Studies, Warren-Wilson College, 2010

Therapy Experience

Before professional counseling, I spent several years leading young adult groups in the backcountry for the National Park Service. I kept them safe, taught them how to live together twenty miles from any road, and helped them through tough times. Subsequently, in my first year of graduate school, I interned as a social worker for the Wake County Public school system. I counseled middle schoolers and supported families in removing barriers to their kids’ education. In my second year, I worked at the Evergreen Community Clinic on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill as an outpatient therapist. Then I worked for Essential CTS, in Durham NC for 2 years, leading social skills groups, counseling a diverse range of clients one-on-one. I have over 3000 hours of supervised clinical experience since graduating to date and am now fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker as of 11/9/2022.


Sean Moffitt Therapy PLLCLicensed Clinical Social Worker336-298-1118Sean@SeanMoffittTherapy.com