Aaron Mitchum, LPC

 

I am a licensed professional counselor (that's what the "LPC" after my name means) and I studied at Mid-America Nazarene University (MNU). In addition to my initial graduate training, I am currently a psychoanalytic candidate at the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis And Contemporary Theology (BIPACT). This means I am in a three year intensive training course to become certified as a psychoanalyst (see below for more on that).

Since fit is important in finding the right therapist, let me tell you a few personal things about me: I am married with two kids, I enjoy playing music, cycling and watching baseball . Additionally, I have authored one book and co-authored five booklets for teenagers with Barefoot Publishing. I am also an adjunct professor at Mid-America Nazarene University in the undergraduate psychology department.

 

 

 

 
 

Counseling, Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis

 

Counseling is a more short term based treatment for families, couples or individuals who want to work on a few things. This can range from one to several meetings and entail everything from simply being a place for you to be heard and understood to collaborating on problems and offering you tools to continue your work after counseling.

Psychotherapy is a depth oriented work aimed at the healing of the soul or mind. We all have missing pieces, life isn't perfect. So we adapt. Unfortunately though, much of our adapting requires giving up valuable parts of us and adopting unconscious, problematic patterns of relating. Psychotherapy is about finding those pieces, as tricky as it can be, and bringing them back in so that you can be whole again and not have to rely on unconscious patterns. Typically psychotherapy means meeting one to two times a week for an extended period of time. Watch this video find out more.

Psychoanalysis is like psychotherapy only fuller. Psychoanalysis is a therapy that deeply respects the complexity of the human experience. People seek analysis for healing from trauma and deep hurts as well as for help with the persistent but hidden things that block them from living a satisfying life. Typically it means meeting three times a week for an extended period of time. While I'm in training the rate for psychoanalysis will be reduced.

 

 

 

 

 

People.

 

I work with all kinds of people and problems

but those I see most are:

 

 

Adults

Ages 25 and Up

I often work with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, relationships (i.e. "it's hard to make or keep relationships" or "I keep making destructive relationships"), listlessness or feeling stuck, a lack of empathy, ultra sensitivity to feeling hurt or rejected by others. I also work with those who would say they don't know who they are or that they feel much younger on the inside then they are on the outside.

I utilize a contemporary psychoanalytic approach to working with individuals. This means I work with you to understand and heal the roots of issues and problems. I do not seek to dissect people and point out all that's wrong with them (that's the old model that says insight alone is what cures). I come from a current stand point that uses empathy to see people in light of their whole self and story and I respond to people in ways that, along with giving insight, helps to mend them.

Couples

Married | pre-marital | partnership

Whether it's conflict, infidelity, boredom, or recovering from traumatic experiences I work with couples in a way that helps people recognize what is happening underneath the surface of conflict (it's never just about the toothpaste) and how those experiences connect to earlier formative experiences in life. This helps people to feel more balanced in their emotions during conflict as well as increases their ability to be there for their partner when they need them. The insight I offer helps people stop re-enacting painful experiences of loss and disappointment and begin communicating and relating to each other in new trusting ways that make sense to both people.

 

Teens & Adolescents

Ages 12 - 25

I love teenagers and adolescents! I have been working with teens and adolescents for over fifteen years. Whether it's problems with anxiety, depression, identity issues, deliberate self harm (cutting, etc.), eating disorders, relationship problems with parents or friends, or trouble in school I work with teens and adolescents in a way that allows them to be understood for their heart, not just their behavior. In doing so I often can help teens rebound again. When I can, I also involve parents by facilitating conversations between them and their teen(s), as well as through coaching them on how to work with the healthy human development of their teens, not against it.