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Adam Von Passow LCSW

My Approach as a Therapist

When life is challenging, we all need support, understanding, respect, and compassion.

As humans we benefit greatly by connecting with a support system so we understand we are not alone on this journey. Psychotherapy is our chance to connect to that support in a safe environment where we can explore, learn and grow.

The journey of life includes suffering, as well as, hope and joy. We are not always prepared to cope with the challenges that confront us. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), my role is to walk the path with you and begin to develop the skills needed to move through the unexpected challenges of life.

In a psychotherapy session with me you can expect to be treated with non-judgmental compassion, warmth, and understanding. Deep listening, allows me to understand where you have come from, so we can begin to tap into your innate power to heal, change, and progress toward your goals.

You can expect to develop skills, practices, and techniques that will help for a life time. Each session will serve to process old patterns/experiences and develop new, more effective ways to cope with life. We collaborate to develop a care plan that addresses specific symptoms and issues, then tailor specific tools and interventions that empower you to create change in your life.


My Experience as a Therapist

I have 24 years of experience working with diverse populations young and old. I have worked with people to help them move through substance abuse, mental health issues, and coping with loss/grief. The last 15 years I have been working hospice care, helping families transition through this life stage and related grief experience.

While getting my masters degree in social work, I was fortunate to have a great mentor who taught me about EMDR and hypnotherapy. EMDR is a specialized form of psychotherapy which uses eye movements to reprocess and reintegrate traumatic experiences. When we reprocess our trauma we can change how it effects our mind, body, emotions, and behavior. This is an elegant and powerful form of healing that I incorporate into my practice. You can learn more about EMDR here.

I also studied Transpersonal Hypnotherapy which helps us heal by focusing on mindfulness, meditation, breathing, and relaxation. Hypnotherapy can be a very effective tool in creating desired behavior change, regulating our emotions, and finding the root causes of our behavior.


I have additional training in a trauma-informed psychotherapy called Child Parent Psychotherapy and Collaborative Problem Solving.  For children, my therapy utilizes play, art, sand tray, social stories, and exploring ways you can support your child.

Who am I When I am Not Being a Therapist

When I am not working I feel its important to connect with nature so I explore all the PNW has to offer. I also love writing songs, playing music, and recording music. I also get into exercise, so I run, play basketball, and skateboard with my kids. I also practice moving energy with Qigong, Tai Chi, and Yoga, which I have done for the last 20 years.

Thank you for reading and taking steps to care for yourself!

My qualifications include:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Masters in Social Work from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology / French Literature from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Level I and II EMDR Certification, EMDRIA
  • Reiki Master Certification
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute[/box]
  • Specialties & Areas of Focus

    • Trauma/PTSD
    • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
    • Depression/Anxiety
    • Family Therapy
    • Couples Therapy
    • Addiction and Recovery

    If my approach sounds appealing to you,

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