Todd Battles, Registered Mental Health Counselor
Todd Battles is a Florida Registered Mental Health Intern with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Northwestern University and a juris doctor from Tulane University. Todd’s former experience is quite diverse and includes serving as the program director of a Christ-centered, yearlong residential recovery community in New England for young men and women ages 18-35; teaching, counseling, and spiritual direction. Todd has also accrued both public and private sector professional experience in the areas of association management consulting, criminal defense law and commercial real estate. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Theater from Colgate University (1995), a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Northwestern University (2017), and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University (2001). Todd is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Mental Health Counselor Association (AMHCA), the Florida Mental Health Counselor Association (FMHCA), the Gulfcoast Mental Health Counselor Association (GMHCA), the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS).
Personal quotes that gives an understanding of my personal goals as a counselor…
“I believe that a different therapy must be constructed for each client, because each has a unique story.” - Irvin D. Yalom
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” _ Carl Rogers
Philosophy of Counseling…
People long to be understood, to sense that their words carry weight and that their ideas have received a thoughtful hearing. Per the book of Proverbs: “The purposes of a person’s heart are like deep water, but someone of understanding will draw them out.” (Proverbs 20:5). Insight is more precious than gold and the motivations of the human heart are not so easily discovered. Indeed, the patience and skill of an understanding person are required to draw out those deep waters. My desire is to be “someone of understanding” for each person I come to know and serve as a counselor. The field of mental health needn’t be scary and intimidating. And when you are already struggling with emotional difficulties, the last thing that you need is psychobabble and jargon. My specialty is taking complex emotional, spiritual and psychological issues and breaking them down into plain language and workable objectives.
Integrating my relational, existential, and psychodynamic theoretical orientations, I strive to go well beyond psychological techniques that merely reduce symptoms and offer coping mechanisms. I am committed to helping people develop and mature toward healing and wholeness by giving careful attention to each person’s past and present relationships, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, values and goals, all from an empathic, strengths-based perspective. Regardless of your cultural background or how you choose to identify, I commit to engaging with you by respecting and cherishing diversity, building trust, providing active and empathic listening, and by providing supportive direction in the service of your goals, objectives and ultimate well-being. I have a special heart for those struggling with substance abuse and life controlling problems and for persons disoriented with their gender and/or sexuality. I look forward to having the privilege of connecting with you.
- Conditions Treated:
Depression/Mood, Divorce, Grief/Loss, Anxiety/Panic, Fear/Phobias, Addictions/Substance Abuse, Child/Adolescent, Education Problems, Attention/Hyperactivity, Gender/Sexuality, Sexual Difficulties, Personality Disorders, Thought Disorders, Impulse Control, Trauma/Stress, Physical/Emotional Abuse, Adjustment Disorders, Age-related Problems, Relationship Problems, Recovery from Co-Dependency.
- Issues Treated:
Emotional: Anxiety, Fear, Depression, Anger
Relational: Partner, Family, Child, Employer/Employee
Situational: Health, Occupational, Financial, Role or Age-related Changes
- Ages Treated: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elders