About Me

My main goal is to give you the most streamlined counseling experience possible. Less wait times and less paperwork in exchange for more solutions to your problems.

I'm a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and have worked in residential treatment for teens, a private practice, a university clinic, a trauma-focused children's agency, and a community homeless shelter.

My studies include a degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. I lived in Jordan while working for the Jordanian Ministry for Social Development (وزارة التنميـــة الإجتماعيــــة), and completed an intensive Arabic program and worked in a local bakery in Amman. I also debated internationally with BYU's Arabic debate team in Qatar. I had fancy dreams of becoming a spy or something, but ultimately decided to become a therapist. You know, helping people instead of spying on them.

I completed a Master's in Family Therapy at Valdosta State University in Georgia. My professional interests include the essential factors to human change, what it means to master a craft, and how hypnosis and meditation can play a role in each.

Outside of therapy, I love to read, play, and eat great food with my beautiful wife and kids.

​Clients have come to me with topics like:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Teen parenting

  • Child anxiety and panic attacks

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Weight Issues

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Sleep Issues

  • Pain Management

  • Stress Management

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Addiction (food, sex, smoking)

  • Gender, Orientation, and Related Topics

  • Faith and Spirituality 

My Approach

I'm trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist, meaning that I think about problems within their context. In short, my approach is usually:

+Systemic (the problem is influenced by many contextual factors at once)

+Respectful 

+Non-pathologizing (I don't think you're crazy)

+Strength- and potential-oriented

+Brief

+Collaborative (we work together at each step, and you can give feedback)

Many psychotherapists and medical professionals look to see what's wrong inside you—maybe you're deficient here or there or something in your childhood jumbled up your insides. While I do love good contextual information about your problem (sometimes including your past), I am usually interested in how this is impacting you in the present, as well as the unique pattern that keeps the problem in place.

 

In this sense, I don't believe that problems are "inside you" and need to be fixed, but rather that things are tangled "between" you and some other thing. In other words, the problem thrives in a relationship, perhaps between you and someone else, you and yourself, and you and an expectation, desire, or difficulty.

To find solutions, we integrate you back into you! Whole and complete again.

To approach change, I first gather lots of information about the patterns you experience in relation to your problem and what you'd like to be different. Then, we engage in therapeutic conversations, activities, and/or hypnosis to change the circumstance or your experience of it. Since change is constant, we can be intentional about it. Then, you can find a more pleasant way for you to be you.

My office is nestled within:

Ozark Integrative Health

701 NW McNelly Rd Suite 9 

Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

paulwpeterson@gmail.com

501.260.7324

I see clients from all over Northwest Arkansas.

Fill out the contact form to get in touch; I'll respond within 24 hours.

 

I'm happy to do a free phone consultation to answer questions and see if we are a good fit for each other.