Philip Graffunder,



Feel More Optimistic About the Future and Less Angry About the Past

About Me

The goal of my life’s work is to help others reduce or eliminate unnecessary suffering. I work with you to maximize your potential and growth so you can access and use your own innate wisdom and healing resources.

For 20+ years, I’ve worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I offer a combination of specialized training and experience that helps me to be with you at various levels, depending on what you need. We can go below the surface, as deep as you want or need to go. Conversely, we might remain closer to the surface until the problem is resolved or you feel ready and safe enough to proceed further. Much of this is often unclear at the beginning of therapy, but together we can cut through defenses or other blocks to your healing and discover what is truly driving the issues that are bringing you to counseling.

I’ve been married for more than 25 years and have two grown children. In addition to my family, I love my work, animals, dancing, exercising, the earth, and music.

My Approach to Counseling and Therapy

My philosophy toward helping people is based on acceptance, strengths, and finding connections with yourself and others. I place a high premium on what your truth is and where you get joy.

I use several therapeutic approaches to move toward your goals:

  • Brainspotting Trauma Resolution Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • EFT Informed Couples Counseling
  • Systemic Family Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Humanism
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Technical Eclecticism
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Psychospirituality

Education and Training

  • Master’s degree in Professional Counseling
  • Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work
  • Certificate: Brainspotting International, Certified Brainspotting Practitioner/042818
  • Certificate: Multi-Cultural Exchange/Immersion/8-Day, Full Residential
  • Certificate: Motivational Enhancement Therapy, MET/CBT5

Affiliations and Activities

Southeast Brainspotting Institute (2016 – 2019)

  • Founding member
  • Treasurer

Society for the Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy (2018 – 2021)

  • Board member

Let's Connect

If you are looking for safe, nonjudgmental counseling or therapy to help you overcome difficulties and find more joy, please contact me to discuss your needs.

If I’m not the right person to help you, I will do my best to refer you to someone who can.