Paul Rohling, LCSW
"Making the decision to seek out the services of a therapist can for many be an anxiety inducing event in and of itself. Finding a "therapist" is the easy part, what’s difficult is knowing if you’ve found one who’s right for you or your loved one. So, now that you find yourself on our website reading my profile, please allow me this opportunity to tell you a little about myself. I arrived at this point in my career through a series of deliberate choices. These choices have revolved around creating the therapeutic environment here at Therapy House, which allows you the client to receive the individualized attention you deserve."
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in private practice in the Racine and Milwaukee areas since 2000, working the previous six years as an inpatient art & group therapist with Wheaton Fransican Behavioral Health. Having earned my Bachelor’s degree specializing in art therapy and my Master’s degree specializing in marriage and family therapy, I pride myself at blending creative thinking with effective systemic problem-solving. I am equally at ease working with children, adolescents and adults. In my private practice, I have developed a clinical specialty in helping individuals experiencing anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, depression, and trauma.
Life does not come with an instruction book—we learn to cope as we grow. None of us are prepared to deal effectively with all of life's hidden mysteries and social problems. We all struggle with loss, stress, and tragedy.
Therapy can help you understand and reframe your problems and concerns. As your therapist , I can teach you specific emotional and social skills, and can help you reap more satisfaction from your work and your relationships. A therapist’s office can be a sanctuary where you are free to express private thoughts and struggles. Friends and family members can provide excellent emotional support, but a therapist can give you a trained, and more impartial, perspective on your life.
Where subjective feelings and thoughts are involved, success needs to be measured outside the confines of the four walls of my office. My job is not to foster dependency rather it is to empower clients to acquire independent problem solving strategies. Hence, I believe that if I’m doing my job right, I am striving to put myself out of a job.
"Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans"
I like to characterize life as a journey that provides a multitude of choices. Some of these choices are conscious and deliberate, while others are reactive and unconscious. Regardless, each choice we make along the path impacts our course and direction. As a psychotherapist, my path began during my time in art school at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Initially I saw myself pursuing a carreer as an illustrator and animator. I was drawn to the narrative and existential elements in these art forms that stem for a need to communicate an emotionally poignant message. During these formative years, I took my first art therapy course, where I worked with cancer and trauma victims. Art suddenly became a useful tool that allowed my clients to externalize and process their emotions, in turn creating powerful transformative change.
Since my initial foray into psychotherapy through art, I have continued to be amazed by how inextricably linked these two forms of expression are. Ultimately, I have shifted my practice philosophy from art therapy towards a more narrative process that at times incorporates the use of art. Being in private practice, I am fortunate to have two spaces, my office and an art room down the hall where I sometimes work with my younger clients. These diverse spaces allow me to meet my client where they are at and to engage them through process oriented metaphor.
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