Dustin Oliver

Clinical Mental Health Counselor Intern

He/Him/His

LGBTQIA therapist Philadelphia PA scaled

Dustin Oliver

Special Interests

Disclosure:
Dustin is an intern student from Kentucky University working towards hours for graduating with a Master’s Degree in Clinical
Mental Health Counseling. He is supervised by Sara Rosenberg, LPC, NCC, and receives classroom consultations through Kentucky University.

Philadelphia Therapists

 

I believe the relationship between an individual and therapist is powerful and most effective in a transparent and genuine dialogue between equals. As psychologist Carl Rogers believed, we have the innate ability to define our values, morals, and purpose. If we can tap into this ability, we may cultivate a life of authentic and meaningful connection. My goal is to create a space in which you feel comfortable recognizing, feeling, and accepting raw emotions for what they are to be able to tap into your abilities to identify your values, morals, and purpose.

In session, I tend to utilize a blend of Rogerian, psychodynamic, and existential approaches. It is important to me to create a space where you feel understood, encouraged, and challenged. Practicing empathetic listening and unconditional positive regard allows me to foster a feeling of genuine acceptance in which you feel permission to freely express yourself without fear of judgment. I would love the opportunity to dive into your unconscious motivators, accessing past experiences and relational patterns that have shaped behaviors and emotions. It is my goal that themes of freedom, choice, and meaning infuse each session, inviting you to confront life’s existential dilemmas and discover your authentic Self amongst the complexities of existence. Together, we embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and empowerment, guided by a therapeutic alliance grounded in empathy, insight, and the courage to confront life’s uncertainties.

I moved to Philadelphia from Atlanta, Georgia, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia State University. While working toward my undergraduate education, I performed clinical research for the University’s Behavioral Science Lab, which studied the relationships between alcohol and domestic violence in LGBTQ+ couples. I studied Positive Psychology abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where we researched what contributes to a healthy, happy life. After graduating, I completed an internship at an intensive outpatient facility that treated substance use disorders with a trauma-focused approach. I am currently working toward my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Kentucky. All of these experiences have led me to have a particular interest in healthy aging and growth in the LGBTQ+ community.

In my freetime, I prioritize spending time with my Australian shepherd, Arya. I love cycling, horror films, reading, and browsing Zillow. Friendships and community are extremely important to me, and I spend a lot of time cultivating those relationships. I identify as a white, gay man from the American Deep South.

“How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for their personal growth? -Carl Rogers

Schedule of Availability:

Tuesday 9-3p; in-office or virtual

Wednesday​ 9-3p; in-office or virtual

Thursday 3-9p; in-office or virtual