Thomas Butts, MSW, LCSW

Thomas Butts

Background

Tom Butts, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Pennsylvania. His clinical background includes working with couples, individuals, adolescents, and adults who may experience a wide range of emotional or psychological challenges. Tom uses the therapeutic relationship, evidence-based practices, and customized practical coping skills to help clients achieve an enhanced sense of self. He integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness techniques to address experiences such as anxiety, depression, trauma, intimacy and relationship problems, adverse health conditions, and life transitions.

Tom transitioned from the active duty Army to McDaniel College, MD where majored in Psychology and commissioned as a Medical Service Officer into the Army National Guard. He earned his Master of Social Work from the West Virginia University School of Social Work with an emphasis on rural communities. He completed multiple internships with the Veterans Health Administration, working with veterans and their families struggling with mental and behavioral health conditions. Today he is a Behavioral Science Officer with the Maryland Army National Guard, a counseling therapist within the Veterans Health Administration and a clinician with the Courtyard Counseling Center.

In addition to the above experiences, while residing in the Buffalo Valley area Tom has worked as the clinical supervisor of an intensive outpatient program for at risk youth and with the Bureau of Prisons’ Severe Mental Health Step-down Program. This clinical experience, coupled with his other professional and personal experiences has helped shape a proactive yet thoughtful approach to psychotherapy.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McDaniel College
  • Master of Social Work from the Eberly School of Social Work, West Virginia University
  • Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Training Program
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Specialties

  • Clinical focus on working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship issues and life transitions.
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy- a relatively short-term, focused psychotherapy for a wide range of psychological issues. The focus of therapy is on how you are thinking, behaving, and communicating today rather than on your early childhood experiences. The client learns to identify specific distortions and biases in thinking and provides guidance on how to change this thinking and improve feelings of wellbeing.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- ACT (which is pronounced as the word ‘act’) uses a wide range of experiential exercises to undermine the power of less helpful cognitive, emotive, and behavioral processes. It helps clients to fundamentally change the relationship they may have with painful thoughts and feelings, to develop a “transcendent” sense of self, to live in the present, and to take action, guided by their deepest values, to create a rich and meaningful life.
  • Existentialism- this approach to counseling centers on an exploration of the way a client sees their world and themselves. The goal is to assist the client in establishing what it is that really matters to them, examine their preconceptions and assumptions that may be standing in the way of their self-development, and help align their lifestyles in a way that allows for authentic, value driven living.

Personal Information

 “Tom currently balances a heavy work schedule with life as a husband to his wife, Kate and father of two children in the Lewisburg area. Aside from spending quality time with his family; he enjoys reading, hiking, fishing, working out and generally being outdoors.”