Doug DeJoe believes in keeping his clients awake and fully aware. Thus, he is engaging, funny, and demonstrative and makes total use of the room when teaching.
He was a high school English teacher in New York, and the classroom was alive and electric. "I teach a difficult language, and I want the student to be fully aware so that he/she can comprehend vocabulary, parts of speech, sentence structure, literary terms, clear pronunciation, and how the language works."
As a mental health therapist, DeJoe uses a client-centered approach and tackles adolescent, family, and adult therapy. He is a master-level therapist and is also trained in Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), which uses a cognitive-behavioral approach and deals with alcohol and substance abusers.
DeJoe believes in a compassionate style which employs rational-logical consequences. "I believe in putting the ball in the client's court and being honest and up-front with them. I view my job as holding the mirror up to the client's behaviors. It is often painful and difficult, but the client must see the reality and truth about who they are and where they're at. Oftentimes, they are stuck at a certain stage in their life and need the therapist to show them where and why they are stuck. Once a clear understanding is achieved, the therapist and client work together to get them unstuck."
DeJoe has been a teacher since 1987 and became a master's level mental health therapist in 1991.