John Sternfels, LPC, NCC, CSAT, CSASI, CMAT, CCPS, MITS, EMDR Trained, is the owner and director of NorthPoint Professional Counseling. He received his Master's Degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University. John has many years of combined experience working with Teenagers, Men, Women, and Couples. Additionally, John provides local Marital Workshops and Seminars.
John specializes in helping individuals and couples work through personal and/or relational life challenges including marital therapy along with a special focus on sexual addictive behaviors. John provides the knowledge and tools necessary to help increase communications, trust, respect, emotional and mental health – all of which help to improve and empower relationships. As with any life challenge, the sooner you seek help, the easier it will be to resolve.
John is committed to create a respectful relationship with clients in order to facilitate wellness and the continuity of care. John believes that by helping to increase personal client empowerment combined with a safe, supportive, caring therapeutic environment helps promotes positive change and personal growth.
Qualifications – John is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); National Board Certified Counselor (NCC); Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) from the International Institute For Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP); Certified Clinical Sexual Addiction Specialist (CCSAS) from the International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists, Inc. (IACSAS); Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT) from the International Institute For Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP); Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS) from The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS); Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR); and is a Mentoring Institute Trained Supervisor (MITS).
NBCC - John is a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). John believes that by choosing a mental health professional for yourself or a family member is an important decision. National Board Certified Counselors (NCCs) are master’s-level (or higher) mental health professionals who have voluntarily met high national standards in education and experience, and have passed a rigorous examination. Look for the NCC or National Certified Counselor certification mark, an indicator of qualification and commitment in a professional counselor.
The NCC certification is a voluntary certification that goes beyond the legal requirements for licensure. NCCs have shown their dedication to their profession and to providing the best services possible. NCCs must complete regular continuing education in order to maintain their certification. This ensures that NCCs are up to date on developments and best practices in the profession, so that they can provide you with high-quality services.
CSAT and CMAT – (Sexual Addiction Recovery / Multiple Addiction Recovery) John is both a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT). The CSAT / CMAT training and certification programs are recognized as leaders and experts within the field of sex addiction and multiple addiction recovery. John utilizes researched based assessment tools and the 30-task model treatment methodology to deliver an unprecedented approach to addiction recovery for trauma, sexual addiction and co-occurring addictions.
CCSAS – (Sex Addiction Therapy) John utilizes a clinically sound trauma-model therapy from a Christian perspective of sexual addiction and compulsivity. By providing the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct, John provides the best available resources for people suffering from sexual addiction and their spouses/partners/families.
CCPS – (Partner Relational Care) John is trained in the (APSAT) Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model (M-PTM). John believes the M-PTM provides thorough treatment strategies based on empirically-based trauma treatment modalities to foster trauma resolution and relational healing in partner relational trauma.
Marriage Therapy – (Gottman and Prepare and Enrich) John has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and is Prepare and Enrich trained.
Utilizing The Gottman Method is the worldwide leader in marital assessment/inventory known for its excellence in providing couples the help they need in identifying and improving marital relationships. The Gottman Method utilizes techniques to promote healthy communication, empower couples to navigate through difficult conflicts, help couples process through their pain in the relationship, and eventually deepen their intimacy as a couple. John's training affords him the opportunity to foster these skills in his clients.
Utilizing Prepare and Enrich - John believes in helping couples build strong marriages. John can help you explore strength and grow areas within your relationship (whether seriously dating, engaged, or married). PREPARE/ENRICH is the leading relationship/marriage skill-building program used nationally and internationally. It is built on a solid research foundation and significantly improves a couple's relationship. Whether serious dating, engaged, or married, utilizing the PREPARE/ENRICH program can reduce divorce rates by 30%.
PREPARE/ENRICH is custom tailored to a couple's relationship and provides couple exercises to build their relationship skills. John encourages you to call NorthPoint today and begin building a stronger relationship through The Gottman Method and/or utilizing Prepare and Enrich.
John's Continued Professional Educational Certifications/Trainings include:
- National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
- Sexual Addiction (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
- Certified Clinical Sexual Addiction Specialists (CCSAS)
- Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT)
- APSATS (Advanced Training in Multidimensional –Partner Trauma Model)
- Marital and Premarital (Prepare and Enrich®)
- The Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1)
- The Mentoring Institute Trained Supervisor (MITS)
- Theophostics (Inner Healing Prayer)
John's Professional Counseling Memberships Include:
- The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)
- International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)
- International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists (IACSAS)
- American Psychotherapy Association #15253
- American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
- International Association for Theophostic Ministry (IATM)
- Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA)
- EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
- Michigan Counseling Association (MCA)
- Michigan Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (MACES)
John is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (Michigan Institute Trained Supervisor- (MITS), John provides advance counselor education and supervision in order to improve counseling and personnel services within and outside the counseling profession.
John's Clinical Counseling Experience Includes:
- Adolescent Issues
- Anger Management
- Anxiety / Panic
- Bipolar Disorder
- Christian Counseling
- Conflict Resolution
- Couples Work Shop Presenter
- Covert Incest
- Divorce / Separation / Reconciliation
- Family Counseling
- Financial Disorders
- Forgiveness / Reconciliation
- Healthy Sexuality
- Marriage Counseling
- Men's Issues
- Partner Relational Trauma (Partners of Sex Addicts)
- Porn Addiction Recovery
- Premarital Counseling
- Relational Counseling
- Seminar Presenter
- Sexual Addiction
- Sexual Abuse
- Spiritual Counseling (Christian)
- Stress Management
- Support Group Facilitator
- Trauma (M-MPTM)
- Women’s Counseling