John M. Reardon, MA
On the Celtic New Year and All Saints day, November 1, 1984, John Reardon founded Phoenix Process Consultants. It was the embodiment of a Dream he had in 1971. It was founded based on some very basic and primal human desires:
-to use our human spirit to overcome life’s difficulties.
-to learn to live fully.
-to grow and transform life for selves and others.
-to transform energy into achieving.
-to fulfill our social nature by joining others and sharing life.
-to take ones place within the world of soul and transcendence.
The Dream coupled with intensive and highly applied training in Adlerian Psychology and Counseling, prepared John for a fascinating and fulfilling journey. This journey was of and for relationships. It connected John with searchers–individuals, couples, families, and organizations. With Adler as a force and a guide these diverse relationships were experienced and transformed.
Within this lived experience, fear was replaced by courage. Doubt gave way to self confidence. Hesitation disappeared as action and movement once chosen, prevailed. Healing and freedom overcame dis-ease and fear of failure and loss.
In an elegant simplicity, people, couples, families, groups and organizations interacted, faced fears, set defenses aside, and turned self-protection into contribution. Goals both visible and invisible were created and met. A deeper community feeling emerged and grew.
Through Adlerian training, his life experience, and personal heritage, John has learned to create and engage in human experiences that fit the lives of clients and interested participants. Within this process “difficulties” and “struggles” are embraced as important and meaningful parts of life. From Adler, John has learned how to encourage clients and participants to use their own “creative force”, and “spirit to overcome”, and adapt, grow, and be more fully alive. During these experiences, clients and participants are encouraged to “claim” their authentic thoughts, feelings, intuitions, and instincts. In other words, to be the person they were meant to be.
Bob Bartlett, MA, LAMFT
Ives K. Wittman, MA
Born in the Washington DC area and raised by parents who were married for 62 years did not come without problems. Growing up included both material security and ongoing, and at times, intense strife. From the ages of 18 through 32, I battled drug and alcohol abuse and pornography addiction as failed attempts to structure my life. Over the past 25 years, recovery from chemical dependency and addiction led me to the brink of suicide at age 40. Depression and anxiety, abusive and dysfunctional relationships, estrangement from family, and the effects of generational trauma eventually required a cold stop and hard look at myself.
In the end, I was fortunate to find help through counseling and treatment. A willingness to engage in twelve step recovery with a strong determination to ask for help and take direction from others proved lifesaving. The path has not always been easy. Yet, it has brought a measure of peace and serenity. I am truly grateful for those who graciously offered their time, wisdom, experience, and frequent kicks in the ass.
How will this rage shall beauty hold a plea?
Shakespeare, Sonnet 65
Clients, not the therapist, are the experts in their own lives. My role is to help clients become better experts in their lives. Colleagues have described my personality as dynamic, passionate, direct and intuitive. The most important tool I have to offer is my own person and willingness to risk that person in the work.
Early on, a wise counselor with whom I did therapy offered me a credo I still live by, “Life is best lived at the marrow of the bone.” The sweetness in life comes from the hard work of confronting our pain. From that hard work, one transforms life’s misfortunes into service and compassion. And, in the process, we get a life!
Each of us possess a wealth of experiences, wisdom and perspectives. Tap into your inner resources and strengths to become more of who you are. Develop the disciplines necessary to be more competent and effective in being yourself.
I work with adults and adolescents (12 and up), couples and families, with a particular interest in work with men and boys. This includes individuals of different gender and sexual orientations, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, veterans and persons in the legal system who have been incarcerated and/or incurred criminal convictions.
Service focus (includes but not limited to): Anger Management • Domestic Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence • Relationship issues • Sex & Love Addiction • Sexual Abuse • Trauma, Depression and Anxiety • Personality Disorders • Bi-polar • Chemical Dependency • Grief and Loss • Phase of Life problems including but not limited to separation from family or children, divorce, employment, school, spirituality, rites of passage, self-improvement, developmental counseling, spirituality and mission and purpose.
Please contact us for a consultation today, or call 952-922-8822