Tim Fitzpatrick, MS, PLPC
Individual Counselor | Columbia, Mo
My name is Tim Fitzpatrick. I'm a provisional therapist with The Counseling Hub and a practicing counselor in the state of Missouri.
You're in the right place if you...
don’t feel comfortable saying what you mean and meaning what you say
want to build meaningful relationships, but don't know how or where to start
feel constantly on edge or anxious about what others think about you
feel as though you're being taken advantage of and want to gain confidence to be firm with people
constantly feel steamrolled by your loved ones and struggle setting boundaries with them
don't know how to speak up for yourself or to say no
feel insecure and are very sensitive about what others think of you
not good at coping with changes and transitions in your life
don’t feel confident enough to be honest with your partner or loved ones about how you really feel and what you really think
question or doubt yourself constantly, with a stream of racing thoughts in your brain
feel lonely and isolated, and want to build meaningful relationships
These are common reasons people come into counseling. These are the reasons people seek help.
More often than not, folks still feel some sort of shame in reaching out. One of the reasons Tara founded The Counseling Hub was to diminish that sense of shame, to normalize the fact that all people struggle in some way during their lives, and to empower people to grow and heal in their own unique way.
The Counseling Hub is all about connecting, healing, and growing.
I aim to listen and help provide a solution to finding your own way. I don’t have the answers, but I can ask the necessary questions that will help you to realize your own answers. My role is not to be your leader, but to aid you in finding your right direction when you feel challenged to do so.
Five Fun Facts About Tim
I place a lot of value in family.
I understand that family can be a stressor. They can be the ones that are “on your back.” Growing up, every holiday I was surrounded by close to 50 family members. This large family that I have has seen me struggle and succeed and has never showed me any less support during these times. I would consider my closest friends family as well. I've found that strong social supports are necessary for my stability (and in combating depression, according to research). Having these supports has proven very beneficial for me. And while sometimes they can be difficult to establish, in the long run these relationships have been well worth the work it took to gain them.
Physical and mental health are equally important.
My physical health is directly related to my mental health. Yes, directly related (also supported by research!). One of my favorite things to do is to take a walk outside. I enjoy using all my senses and getting some fresh air while I give my brain a break. I am a believer in using physical activity to cope with stress or anxiety. While physical exercise can get to a point where it is excessive, I enjoy pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I don’t have time to worry about something at work and I don’t have time to worry about an argument I had a week ago. This can force me to be a little bit selfish and focus on myself, which is necessary.
I love traveling and trying new things.
My most recent travels have included camping. I love the outdoors and going to new places where I can have new experiences. I enjoy trying the different restaurants and visiting the parks in different parts of the country. While I enjoy traveling, I've also found that there are plenty of places nearby that I had no idea existed. They also don’t require that I sleep in a tent, which is definitely a plus!
I speak meaningfully, rather than to fill empty space.
I have been told by people that I don’t speak enough. However, I disagree. These times when I don’t speak are full of thought. I know plenty of people who speak too quickly and regret what they've said. I simply don’t want to be one of those people. I take my time and I think. I'd rather sit in silence for a few seconds before I speak than say something immediately and regret it. I'm definitely one of those people who's been told they don’t speak enough or that I take a while to “warm up” to new people. I’d prefer to think that I'm meaningful with what I say instead of putting everything out there that's in my head.
Counseling wasn’t my first choice, but it was my best choice.
I struggled and struggled to succeed in my first career choice. I didn’t find it valuable and neither did anyone I cared about. Big business is not something I'm interested in, and my career choice had me headed that way. How could I feel valuable myself if I didn’t feel that anybody else found me valuable? Luckily, I realized quickly that I was headed in the wrong direction and needed to do something else. This change has proven to be very rewarding. I'm way more confident in and comfortable with myself, which is truly a great feeling!
Tim's Education and Training
Tim earned his Master's of Science in Clinical Counseling from Central Methodist University. He is currently a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and has presented and written on topics including the influence of parental support on depressive symptoms, ethical practice, and the development of adults based on marital status.
Tim enjoys working with both adolescents and adults on issues regarding making major life changes or transitions, enhancing and building meaningful relationships, wanting to build confidence, struggling with communication, anxiety, depression, experiencing an inability to enjoy life, and feeling as though they are being taken advantage of. Tim is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the national counseling association for the United States.
Tim is under ongoing supervision provided by Tara Vossenkemper (2012026531), founder and clinical therapist with The Counseling Hub, LLC.