Jonathan Closner is a clinical and therapeutic mental health counselor who has been serving his community for over 15 years. As a therapist, he uses clinical interventions and techniques that are personalized for each individual client. He has extensive training and experience in evidenced based treatments such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He is also skilled in the use of Brief Therapy techniques such as Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. In addition to individual therapy techniques, Jonathan is also trained in Clinical Systems Counseling; approaches he uses with couples and families. He uses an integration of clinical modalities which is most effective and appreciated by clients. Overall, he conducts his work with clients by focusing on a strength-based perspective. Jonathan believes that all clients possess the strengths and resources within their lives to be successful in overcoming the challenges and problems that they face. These challenges can appear in the form of mental health problems, relationship issues or other stressors that arise out of life’s circumstances. Jonathan is committed to using the most appropriate techniques and interventions that will allow his clients to resolve their problems, reduce symptoms and increase their personal strengths and skills that will allow them to deal with any future issue.
Jonathan’s areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, OCD, personality disorders, relationship problems and substance abuse disorders. He has special interest in issues related to trauma and abuse as well as those associated with sexual orientation and identity development.
Jonathan Closner is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He holds a dual masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. He is currently working on research and writings that will contribute towards the completion of his PhD in Counselor of Education. His research interests are in the area of Post-Traumatic Growth which is experienced by survivors of sexual trauma. Jonathan is also an adjunct professor in the Counseling Department at Barry University.
Outside of his professional work, Jonathan enjoys many different types of leisure activities. He is a big dog lover and has three rescue Maltipoos. Caring for his pets and relishing outdoor activities with them brings a lot of joy and relaxation to his life.
Throughout the years, Jonathan has developed a very satisfying commitment to exercise and physical fitness. He finds that having a daily workout routine, either outdoors or in the gym, has been energizing for his life. When not at work, Jonathan will spend time at the beach or at a park. Not only does he find these activities fun, but he also realizes that they are very therapeutic and beneficial in maintaining a work-life balance.
A hobby that Jonathan also finds fulfilling is expressing his culinary creativity. Since childhood, Jonathan has enjoyed helping out in the kitchen. He loves cooking for others and finds it to be very life giving and satisfying.