Welcome to my practice. My name is Joseph Klemz, LICSW. Currently, my role at Real Life Counseling is two-fold, I am the CEO, and I am a practicing counseling associate. I am a member of the National Association Of Social Workers.
I specialize in working with couples and both men and women recovering from trauma and mental health. When I work with couples, I want to help unlock the gridlock that does not allow a couple to have passion, friendship, love, or communication. My process is to enable couples to ignite passion, renew friendship, and communicate. My Goal, My hope for couples comes from this quote from an unknown author, “Happy Marriages are based on a deep friendship. By this I mean a mutual respect for and enjoyment of each others’ company. These couples tend to know each other intimately–they are well versed in each others’ likes and dislikes, personality quirks, hopes, and dreams. They have an abiding regard for each other and express this fondness not just in the big ways but in the little ways day in and day out…Friendship fuels the flames of romance because it offers the best protection against feeling adversarial toward your spouse.”
When I work with individuals, I specialize in helping people recover from trauma, such as coping with death, recovering from divorce, healing from physical or sexual abuse or rape, and near death experiences. In addition, I work with individuals on their mental health, such as depression and anxiety. There is a Poem, by a local artist, Lani Kent, that describes the work and space that I create for individual healing from Trauma, anxiety, and depression, this poem is entitled a Sacred Honor,
“To share in the journey of a precious soul…bearing witness to the wounded heart…honoring the pain..To let remembrance echo for a quiet season…while healing’s gentle embrace ushers in the light of new growth…and the celebration of freedom”
My role, my belief as a caring counselor, Care, The word care finds its roots in the gothic “Kara” which means lament. The most basic meaning of caring is to grieve, to experience sorrow, to cry out with. This is striking in that we tend to think of caring as an attitude of the strong toward the weak. Yet is properly understood as an invitation to enter into the pain of another and simply be present.
My story: I am a husband and father to four, living in the foothills of the Cascades. My perspective is unique. I grew up in the Foster Care system, surviving 38 placements in 12-years. From this history, I enjoy the sacred opportunity to teach and advise individuals, couples, to rally their strengths, wisdom, and solutions so they can overcome their challenges. As a mentor and teacher, I alone do not have all the solutions. I believe my clients have the strength and wisdom to overcome their pain, so my role is to draw out these strengths and wisdom. I graduated from E.W.U in 2005 with a Bachelors in Social Work, and in 2006, I graduated from E.W.U with a Master’s in Social Work. After graduating, I worked in community mental health with children and families struggling with and persistent mental health.
As a former teen who struggled with my behavior, my mood, and with those that loved me, I now welcome the opportunity to work with couples, men, and women to help them discover independence, purpose, and freedom. Please fill out the form at the top of this page to contact me and get started.