Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

  • James Geckler Ph.D., LPCC James Geckler Ph.D., LPCC

James Geckler, Ph.D., LPCC

  • Title: Embedded Clinical Counselor, College of Engineering

Therapeutic Style:

“Who am I?” “What is my purpose?”  “How do I fit into the world?”  “How does the world see me?”  These questions are fundamental in identity development and are often asked throughout life, especially during major life transitions (adolescence, attending college) and major life events (beginning and ending of relationship, coming out, new birth, grief and loss).  I believe identity is key to our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.  During the transition to college, identity comes to the forefront as we begin a journey of independence, self-exploration, and self-discovery.  Each client brings their unique lived experiences, perceptions, beliefs, and values to the therapeutic process.  I approach counseling from a person-centered, psychodynamic, and humanistic framework, using multiple tools and techniques from various modalities, including cognitive-behavioral techniques and motivational interviewing, always from a strengths-based perspective, to connect with and support clients.  My role as counselor is to meet them where they are, join with them, and collaborate on their journey of growth, healing, and behavior change to help each client be happy, healthy, and successful.  In short, the best person they can be.

Supervision Style: 

I approach supervision from an identity-developmental perspective using Bernard’s model of supervision (Bernard & Goodyear, 1992). As supervisor, I shift between three roles (counselor, instructor, and consultant) to support supervisees based on their own developmental roles and needs (personalization issues, process issues, and conceptualization issues).  Past supervisees have found this model to be most helpful as it allows for flexibility to each supervisee’s developmental needs.

Professional Interests:

Identity development is very important and runs the gamut of the human experience. I am interested in the intersection of environmental systems (cultural, institutional, social, etc.), internal processes of meaning-making, valuing, assimilation, and the combined impact on identity.  I am also interested in supervision, addictions counseling, trauma, and resilience. 

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I am excited to join the Counseling and Consultation Services team in the position of embedded clinical therapist for the College of Engineering.

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Arts degree, Psychology – Kent State University
Master of Arts degree, Psychology, General – The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Mental Health Counseling – Rhode Island College
Doctorate of Philosophy, Counselor Education and Supervision – The Pennsylvania State University

Personal Interests:

In my spare time, I enjoy reading science fiction and comic books, creative writing, gaming, watching the occasional Marvel Netflix series, engaging with friends in stimulating conversation, and cooking and trying new vegetarian recipes.

My Pronouns:  

He/Him/His