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Justin Kovanis

Counseling
Intern
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"What a powerful experience to have the realization that nothing in the environment, circumstances or other people needed to change in order to feel complete, whole, at peace and satisfied.  It is like coming home to one's self, awakening to a feeling that had long been forgotten." 

-- Justin Kovanis

Typical Offices &Hours

In a nutshell

My name is Justin Kovanis, and I am a Southern California and San Francisco Bay Area
transplant to Cincinnati. Faith and family are two areas of my life that keep me going. Outside
of working hours, I like community sports and watching basketball on TV with my wife. I like
nature. I’ve summitted Mt. Shasta and Mt. Whitney, in California, and surfed in five countries.
I have worked for one year at a crisis residential unit and for one year as a care manager, at my
current day job, with clients with acute mental illness symptoms.
I m influenced by the Existential Therapy approach of Irvin Yalom. He stated that suffering and pain
result from the human journey, characterized by meaninglessness, death, freedom, and
isolation.
Positive Psychology is about the awesome potential we all have. I want to help show the light in
the doorway towards this potential. Action moves each one of us forward or backward towards
it.
My hybrid approach is Sam Nabil’s Positive Existential Therapy

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Pricing starting at:

$80 for Individuals 

$99 for Couples

Typical offices, hours, prices

Justin is accepting new clients with no wait time

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Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hyde Park    10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Hyde Park      9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Hyde Park     10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Hyde Park     10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Blue Ash        11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

(Eastern Standard Time)

Justin is happy to meet in-person or online through Telehealth

Most of our clients have success uploading their invoices directly to their insurance provider in order to obtain reimbursement. 

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Anxiety and Depression

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Career

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Couples & Family

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Entrepreneurship Executive Coaching

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Grief/Loss

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Sex & Intimacy

Specialties 

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Sports & Performance

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Trauma

I also work with: addictions, anger management, creativity, burnout, fear of failure, imposter syndrome, leadership, loneliness, perfectionism, performance anxiety, self-esteem, stress.  

What it's like to work with me

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My approach to counseling is very experiential in nature. This means that in our time together we will work to create a shift in your experience that will provide you with a new possibility and a tangible change to occur in your life.  Clients have reflected that the most rewarding part of this work is the shift they experience in the way they feel, think and interact both with themselves and others.  I have found that merely giving clients more information is not helpful. Rather, the insight, intuitive knowing and resources needed to experience change are located within each client.  I believe clients are the experts on their own lives and my work focuses on helping clients to reconnect with and access this within themselves. 

 

My work with couples focuses on creating a context and a space in which couples can heal together and grow together.  My role with couples I work with is twofold.  First, I am committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment for couples to express themselves openly and honestly.  Second, I serve as a guide and facilitate a series of experiences with you and your partner that allows for greater connection, understanding, communication, trust and intimacy.  Sessions tend to be experiential and dynamic in nature.  This means that we will focus on the here and now to get underneath the repetitive patterns that have couples feeling frustrated, stuck and hopeless.  Couples report that what is most transformative is how what is worked on in session gets set into motion and becomes a reality in their everyday experience together. 

My style and personality

I draw on my experience with Positive Existential Therapy™, experiential therapy, solution-focused therapy, gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and existential therapy to guide my practice. 

 

I enjoy a counseling/coaching relationship where we maintain a high degree of integrity, communication and openness. I believe empathy and understanding are essential for healing. I also find that my ability to build trust with clients and challenge them is vital for growth and learning.

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Outside of the office

"I love nature, and enjoy mountain climbing and surfing."

I’ve summitted Mt. Shasta and Mt. Whitney, in California, and surfed in five countries."

Surfing

Justin's tip for dealing with fear of failure or perfectionism: 

Purposefully make a "mistake." You read that properly... Intentionally mess up! It will open up a sense of emotional freedom that is liberating and exhilarating. I welcome you to try it and then discuss with me what you discovered.