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
I am an undeserving husband of nine years and a proud father who is still figuring life out myself. I enjoy backpacking, hunting, golf, ultimate frisbee, reading, and quality time with family and friends.
Here at KPCC I enjoy working with individual adults and couples. I use resources from several therapies in my work but my primary interventions that I receive ongoing training for are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT-a mindfulness based intervention from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tradition) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Both approaches are evidenced based for a variety of problems.
I am also particularly passionate about the Enneagram, a dynamic personality typing system which helps us understand the underlying motivations of our personality so that we can grow beyond our limitations. Beginning the Enneagram journey before your first session or as a part of your therapy can be a great boost to the therapy experience. If you’d like to learn more, click on the link where I’ve attached some Enneagram tips.
Overall, I view the counseling relationship as a safe connection with which to explore and discover your true self and learn new skills to help you mobilize toward the life you long for.
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 tick. 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 learned how the world of faith and the world of mental health can be integrated.
Since coming on board with KPCC I’ve truly felt at home. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this group and love what I do and who I do it with. I’ve been able to develop and grow into my passions and niches and can’t imagine working anywhere else.
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