I am pleased to introduce myself to you. My name is Josiah Mutua. I am a counsellor and therapist. For the past 11 years, I have provided counselling and therapy for mental health to individuals, couples, and families in Winnipeg and surrounding areas.
I have a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. I have completed coursework and clinical practicums in Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.).
After graduating from university in 1981, teaching and mentoring high school and college students ignited my passion for counselling. I am excited about seeing people be able to pursue their aspirations with confidence vigor. Therefore, working with people to help them develop resources to respond to the demands in their situations and to grow, develop, and thrive is deeply fulfilling! I am committed to ongoing study, practice, and evaluation to enhance my counselling and therapy skills. I approach every case with curiosity and anticipation. People change, grow, develop, and thrive when the develop resources to manage their situations.
My wife and I have been married for 36 years. We have three adult children and two grandchildren. I enjoy family times, yard work, and restoration of machinery.
Practical: Solutions need to be logical and practicable. My goal is to help people develop sensible, easy to follow, doable, and effective approaches to working through their difficulties. I work with individuals, couples, and families to help them fully describe their situation to understand their problem, and to identify what makes managing their situation difficult.
Strength-based: People have resources. I see strength, skills, resolve, hope, and purpose in every person who seeks help. People with worthwhile goals seek help to manage situations that threaten to block their path. I help people identify and affirm their resources, and work with them to develop the skills and supports necessary for managing their situation.
Holistic: People live in the intersection of demands and resources. Demands are the stressors people experience, while resources are the assets they need to manage the demands. I work with people to help them identify stressors, available resources, and the resources they need to develop. The goal is to help people work toward matching resources to demands to improve their wellbeing.
Developmental: The past never dies. Exposure to and experiencing adverse events detract from a person's psychological, physical, relational, and occupational functioning, People are either managing or coping. I work with people to help them identify self-limiting beliefs from distressing past experiences that undermine their current functioning and develop beliefs that shift their coping behaviours to managing.
Integrative: A person's uniqueness, difficulty, and treatment outcome inform treatment. My goal is to help people develop a rational and practical approach to managing their situations and grow. Therefore, from evidence-based approaches (e.g., Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Therapy), I develop strategies that match a person's resources, the problem, treatment phase, treatment response, and desired outcome.
Collaborative: I work with people to help them adapt; it is the person's actions that produce the desired change and growth. I encourage cooperation in every phase of treatment: assessment, conceptualization, treatment goals, treatment planning, intervention, and evaluation. I also consult with the relevant professional health care providers (e.g., physicians, psychiatrists, social workers) and social supports to maximize treatment benefits.
Culture-sensitive: Culture prescribes and proscribes behaviour. Cultural beliefs, values, and practices influence how people experience, express, and deal with problems and respond to the distress of others. Culture is a resource; effective therapy is culture-sensitive. I engage people’s cultural awareness to ensure culturally informed assessment and understanding of their difficulties and to develop culturally appropriate interventions.