WILL MESSER, MSW, LICSW
-Bachelors of Arts in Humanities: Religious Studies from Marshall University
-Masters of Social Work from Asbury University
-Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in WV
-Member of National Association of Christian Social Workers
-Member of American Association of Christian Counselors
I am an undeserving husband of seven years and a proud new father who is still figuring life out myself. I enjoy backpacking, sports, reading, and quality time with family and friends.
Here at KPCC I enjoy working with individuals ages 13 and up, couples, and families. I incorporate interventions and techniques from several therapy modalities into treatment but my primary ones are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Unique to my social work training, I view people through the lens of the Strengths-Based Perspective which emphasizes helping people tap into sources of strength within themselves and their environment. Overall I view the counseling relationship as a safe place to be your true self and an opportunity to learn and practice new skills to help you overcome some of life’s challenges. I’m also excited to incorporate your personal beliefs/faith into treatment as you wish.
My journey here to KPCC started as an adolescent on those long bus rides home from school through the hollows of West Virginia. I would spend much of the time deep in thought about what makes other people tic. This deep desire to understand people in their heart of hearts eventually lead me to study religion at Marshall University where I learned about the diverse ways that people find meaning in their lives. I began my graduate work at Asbury Seminary near Lexington, KY studying theology but my path lead me to Asbury University where I received my Masters of Social Work. Here I began learning how the world of faith and the world of mental health can be integrated.
For the past few years I have worked with juvenile adolescent offenders, children and teens suffering from the effects of trauma, college students, and adults. I believe that my work and personal experiences have been preparing me for my work here at KPCC. I’m so excited to be a part of a team that fuses the worlds of faith and mental health in such a respectful and appropriate way. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you become the best version of you that you can be.
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