You Are Not Alone

Solutions-Focused Counseling

Welcome!

My name is Zach Engler, and I am a licensed professional counselor based right here in Springfield, Missouri.

I specialize in working with adolescents, college students, and young adults to middle-aged adults who are:

  • looking for change and personal growth,
  • going through life transitions,
  • struggling with anxiety, depression, excessive worry and fatigue,
  • exploring their sexual identity and/or gender identity,
  • struggling with relationship issues,
  • lost and need help finding themselves.  

The simple truth of the matter is that you don’t need to have a major mental illness to benefit from counseling.

Counseling is personal. It is uplifting. And everyone can benefit from it!

Mental health is just as important as our physical health.

We all go to the doctor for physical health checkups… and it is just as important to go to counseling to get mental health checkups.

Contrary to what many people may believe, counseling is not a scary thing…

In fact, it is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself.

As humans, we have a deep need to be heard and understood. And in a world where this doesn’t often happen organically, counseling can provide a much-needed place to talk, express yourself, and work through your own personal challenges.

My Approach to Counseling

Some approaches to therapy I use are cognitive behavioral therapy, gestalt therapy and person centered therapy to help aid my clients on their therapeutic journey.

Something I often say is that one mold doesn’t fit all. And so, I tailor my approach to helping each and every client by collectively putting together a plan that actually works for them, their personality, and their individual challenges.

It is my goal to make sure that counseling is accessible to everyone in the Springfield, MO area, and surrounding areas, by working later hours and weekends to ensure people can get counseling that works around their work and school schedules. 

Counseling in Springfield MO.
Is It The Right Choice For You?

Like I said before, counseling can be beneficial to everybody and anybody.

Even if you don’t feel like you have any truly deep-seated problems or challenges to work through, that doesn’t mean that counseling isn’t going to help you in your day to day life.

No matter what stage of life you are in, or what problems you might be dealing with, it is beneficial to have someone to talk to on a weekly basis – even if you don’t feel like there is anything particularly pressing going on in your life.

When it comes to counseling, I like to help people understand that you get out of it what you put into it.

Naturally, when starting counseling, a lot of people are a little bit hesitant. People aren’t quite sure what to expect from counseling or what they should say to start a session. What is amazing is how quickly those same people become comfortable in the counseling setting when they were once so hesitant to start. What’s even more amazing is when the person starts to see positive results from their self-exploration. 

If you find yourself questioning life, or are in some kind of life transition, then counseling can be especially helpful.

Are you…

Adjusting to
High school or
college life?

Feeling lost
and don’t know
where  to turn?

Going through
a break-up?

Changing
careers?

trying to find
yourself?

Trying to find
your life’s purpose?

Struggling with a separated family?

going through
a divorce?

These are all life transitions – and getting some counseling while dealing with them can help to make the process easier.
Do you find yourself lying awake at night?
Does your mind race?
Are there things in your life that you are worried about, wondering about, or questioning right now?
​If so, counseling may be the perfect way to get those things out into the open and talk about them.
What Does Solutions-Focused Counseling Mean?

Solutions-Focused counseling is actually a specific type of counseling… one in which you work together with your counselor to find coping skills and actual solutions to your problems.

It is important to understand that counseling is not all talking.

It is a process where we work together to start finding ways to overcome your biggest challenges in life, to cope with the hardships, and to find solutions that will help you in the real world.

I Specialize In Helping Teens And Young Adults

I really enjoy working with teenagers and young adults.

The thing about teenagers is that they are so raw, truthful in how they feel, and will tell you EXACTLY how it is!

But, they are also willing to learn. And the teenage years are so formative.

A teenager who gets quality counseling to help them with their life challenges has such a better chance at overcoming those challenges and moving on to live a fulfilling, successful, happy life.

I also feel that a lot of parents don’t fully recognize how much their teenagers are looking for guidance, even though they would never admit it!

Do You Believe That Counseling Can Help You? That May Make All The Difference!

I often say that if you don’t believe that counseling will help you, then it probably won’t!

If you don’t fully believe in the process, then you may hold back. You may not be fully honest with yourself, and you may struggle with finding those answers you have been desperately seeking – because what we believe about the process sets the tone for how much we benefit from it.

When I see clients go into counseling with an open mind and a willingness to share, that is when I see them make the most progress and conquer their greatest challenges.

Have You Had Negative Experiences With Counseling In The Past?

I’ve talked to many people who have had negative experiences with counselors, even right here in Springfield.

Here’s the thing… Counseling is a very personal endeavor. And it is very possible that, in the past, you’ve met with counselors you didn’t click well with or just didn’t feel comfortable sharing personal things with.

That is unfortunate but is sometimes part of the process in finding the right counselor that fits you and your needs. Just like you shop around for dentists, doctors and hair stylists that you like, the same can and should be done with counselors. 

The most important thing about counseling that I want everyone to understand is that if you’ve had unpleasant experiences with counselors or counseling in the past, that doesn’t mean that all counseling is going to be a bad experience!

Maybe the counselor was not a good fit for you, or maybe you weren’t quite ready to open up and do some self-exploration. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t ready now or that the right counselor for you doesn’t exist. 

I would definitely encourage you to come in and give it another try! But even more importantly than that, I would encourage you to never give up on it.

Even if that means trying out a few different counselors in order to find the right one for you. I believe that counseling is a great option for everyone looking for personal growth and change, so putting in the effort to find the right counselor for you is definitely worth it.

About My Practice

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I’ve been practicing as a mental health counselor since 2017. I’m verified by Psychology Today, I’ve worked with a variety of clients and people during that time, and I also enjoy working with the LGBTQ community.

I got into counseling because I’m an independent thinker who loves to help people.

In all of my time counseling, both personally and professionally, if there is anything I’ve learned, it is this… that getting to the heart of the problem, and getting your emotions out in healthy ways, is really the key to your personal success and ability to move forward.

My Services

I offer a range of counseling services in Springfield Mo. I mostly focus on individual counseling, though I also offer family counseling, couples counseling, and make myself available for public mental health presentations.

Here is some additional information about the services I offer.

Individual Counseling

In individual counseling sessions, I sit down with my client and listen to their story. I use talk therapy and other therapeutic approaches to try and figure out exactly what they are dealing with, and why.

Every person’s story is different and that is why it is so important for your story to be heard. This leads to a better understanding of where you are coming from and how to help you move forward.  

My approach is very specific to the individual. What works for one person may not work for another!

So we work together to create coping mechanisms and solutions that will actually help to overcome the specific issues you are dealing with.

Family Counseling

The family unit is incredibly important to individual mental health. And sometimes, I have entire families come in to talk about the different sides of the issues that they are experiencing.

Family therapy is not a time for the “blame game”. This type of session is all about healthy communication, awareness, and figuring out what types of problems exist within the family unit. 

Then, we all work together on finding practical, real-life solutions to help overcome these challenges.

Couples Counseling

The two most important ingredients to any successful relationship are open communication and trust.

In my couples counseling sessions, I delve into both of these key areas. We figure out what the problems are, where the issues are coming from, and find real solutions and coping mechanisms to help both individuals in their plight to overcome the challenges and solve problems.

Restoring trust and communication in a relationship isn’t always easy! That is why counseling can be so powerful for couples. 

It can be hugely beneficial in moving that process forward.