Interview with Dr. George Armitage, PhD, LPC
George Armitage, PhD, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing at our East office location in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is passionate about working with adults and young adults dealing with a wide range of mental health concerns. Contact us to schedule an intake appointment with Dr. Armitage.
1. What is your specialty?
I specialize in general clinical mental health counseling. I have interests working with folks with various concerns, but notable mentions are anxiety, relationship concerns, concerns around sex and sexuality, and grief and loss.
2. What made you want to become a therapist?
Two major pieces made me consider a career in counseling. My personal experiences were significant for me. Reflecting on my challenges, struggles, and the way I grew up has been an influential contributor to my decision in becoming a counselor. The second piece was my interest and willingness to help others. I always found reward from helping others near and around me.
3. What can clients expect when they first come to therapy? What is a typical therapy session like with you?
The initial session is much different than the rest. In the first session, you can expect to have a broader discussion of your past and current circumstances. This may include questions about what brings you to counseling, your family history, current relationships, career/academic discussions, and other questions that will help me to understand you more early on. As we continue working together, you can expect me to be intentional about our discussions. While I believe it is your responsibility to bring in your counseling topic concerns, I will assist by prompting when necessary and supporting you in being heard and validated during our sessions. While I may lead the first session, you can expect to lead your own sessions after that point.
4. How have you seen therapy be helpful to your clients?
My former clients have found my work with them helpful, supportive, and challenging. Feedback I have received from former clients has consisted of them being heard, being validated, and understood. I have observed clients set and hold boundaries with family members, partners, friends, and work during our work together. I have seen clients become more open to discussions about difficult topics, such as sex, death, depression, and anxiety. By modeling a direct and validating relationship, I have seen clients rebuild their own and cultivate new, lasting, and positive relationships.
5. What do you think are the most important considerations when looking for a therapist?
When you feel comfortable working with your counselor, you are more likely to meet your goals. Feeling connected to your counselor means you feel as if they have understanding and empathy about your concerns. When you are looking for a new counselor, it may be helpful for you to think about what identities your counselor may hold. You should feel free to be able to discuss these concerns with your counselor, as well as ask questions during this process.
6. What do you hope your clients walk away with?
I hope my clients walk away from our sessions with gained insight and increased awareness. Knowing what is troubling you is at times not always easy to identify – I work to help you understand these concerns more fully. I hope to also help you gain awareness of how you interact with others in your environment and how that impacts the world around you. I hope you walk away with a sense of hope that things can get better for you.
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