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Therapist Spotlight: Daniel Kazadi, Graduate Clinical Intern

What inspired you to become a counselor?

Helping people has always been fulfilling for me, I feel more alive when I help other people. Coming from a separated family, I completely ignored how impactful past experiences have been on me. Growing up in Africa, which is a place where counseling is not really talked about, I had to deal with my own issues until one of my friends suggested counseling. My counseling experience was eye opening and gave me more insight into why I reacted to challenges in a certain way and why I had problems building relationships. I was not acting at full capacity because of the weight of my past experiences. The counseling experience allowed me to discover my abilities and how to handle myself when facing challenges.

Based on my experience, I noticed that so many people around me and within my community suffered with the same issues and yet had nobody to talk to or could not afford counseling. That’s the moment I decided to pursue the vocation of counseling. I am just trying to give the gift I have received.

What is something you would like new clients to know about beginning the counseling process?

The counseling process is not a place where people get fixed. It is a place where new meanings are made and where people get to understand themselves and their surroundings better to live their lives effectively. Another thing to know is that being authentic and open will make the practice more efficient.

How would you describe your style or approach in counseling?

I prefer an integrative style because I believe and respect the fact that every human being is unique and therefore cannot be approached in the same way. Person centered therapy and existential therapy allow me to gain more insight into which direction the client wants to take. After understanding the client as an individual, and also their cultural context, then we will both look into the appropriate framework for the specific client.

What self-care practices do you enjoy doing most?

As a very spiritual being, prayer is my main self-care practice. Then comes working out, listening to music and sermons. I personally believe that if you get it right spiritually, the physical part will fall in place. I do not entertain negative thoughts and energy, I feed my mind with positive and uplifting information through music, sermons, podcasts and reading the Bible. When necessary, I talk to someone as well.

How do I schedule an appointment with Daniel?

To schedule an appointment with Daniel contact us here or email him directly at dkazadi@springtreecounseling.com.

If you would like to learn more about Daniel, you can also check out his biography here.

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