Accepting New Clients!

John Schaal, MS, MDIV, (he, him, his). I have been in ministry for over 15 years as well as a Nursing Home Administrator for 10 years. I come with a vast experience in helping others coupled with a sense of compassion and empathy. I finished my MS in Clinical Mental Health from Neumann University, and a MDIV from Catholic University of America, which helped to facilitate my innate sense of caring and being present to others.

As a Nursing Home Administrator, I worked with people in making the difficult decision of nursing home placement. I brought to that experience a broad experience of listening skills as well as patience and presence. As a person who worked in ministry for over 15 years, I was called upon to be present to people in all facets of life. This includes dealing with marital issues, grief and loss issues, gerontology, adolescent issues, hospice, and overall important decision making for both families and individual.

My journey in counseling includes internships at Neumann University Counseling Center, as well as Mirmont Treatment Center. While working in the counseling center the demographic was college age students. Here I was able to give young people an avenue to talk and make decisions regarding their places of interest, family issues, 12 step work, LGBTQI issues and accommodating and navigating this time in their lives. While there he initiated a 12- step program. In addition, he presented a Transgender Presentation given to the school, his fellow counselors, and the community at large.

At Mirmont I was given the opportunity in working with those struggling with substance- abuse. As the world became a little clearer for those clients, I had the privilege of helping them navigate this new time in their lives through setting goals and continued therapy.

“As a counselor, I am committed to working with a deep sense of empathy and understanding. using my listening skills to aid people as they move forward in their lives. I believe in working with the entire person, body, mind and spirit. This opens up avenues for people to utilize their own questions in life. My goal is to help facilitate healing, forgiveness, and a sense of self.”

John’s typical fee is $125 for individual therapy (53 min); he can work on a flexible sliding scale if needed.  He is able to provide documentation for clients to submit for out-of-network reimbursement from their insurance provider.