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Joseph B. Sestito, MSSA, LISW-S

“The only way to fail permanently is to stop.
Otherwise, the experiment continues and possibilities remain.
If you are willing to persist, observe, be flexible and stay in action
you will almost certainly arrive eventually.” – Bill O’Hanlon

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Joseph Sestito, MSSA, LISW-S, completed his Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) at Case Western Reserve University in 1992. He has 10 years of leadership experience in a residential treatment center specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. He has 15 plus years of experience working as a psychotherapist with adults and children. Joseph specializes in working to help clients overcome anxiety, depression and anger issues. He is an expert in cognitive behavioral therapy and Eriksonian approaches in psychotherapy, and has written and presented extensively in these areas.

Most recently, he has focused on coaching writers who are aspiring to be authors of books and articles and working with authors who want to move to a higher level in their careers. In this latter domain, Joseph is an internationally-known expert in helping people overcome writer’s block and other creative dilemmas. His recently-released book about the above work is titled, Write for Your Lives, and this book is introduced by Robert Thurman, who the New York Times described as the leading authority in his field and he is the father of the well-known actress, Uma Thurman. Joseph has presented workshops at the last four consecutive Brief Therapy, Lasting Solutions Conferences, sponsored by The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, the last of which took place in December of 2010. Joseph presented a five-day symposium at the internationally renowned Cape Cod Institute (August 2-6, 2010) on the application of Cognitive Behavioral and Eriksonian Methods that he pioneered to more effectively treat children, adolescents, and adults.

In addition to his counseling and psychotherapy practice, Joseph enjoys helping to inspire therapists with the most cutting-edge treatment approaches through conference presentations, workshops, retreats, and so forth. Albert Ellis, Ph.D., who the American Psychologist called the second most influential psychologist of the 20th century, wrote the following in the foreword to Joseph’s forthcoming book, Feeling Good About College, “I wrote a Foreword to Joseph B. Sestito’s Feeling Good About Writing and found it to be an excellent example of how you can use Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) if you have trouble, as many people do, with writing. Now, I have read his Feeling Good About College, and I find that he has done another remarkably good job….It effectively shows you how to study and change your most important person—you. Read it carefully and see for yourself!”

In this book, Joseph essentially shows college students how to use words that work with themselves and others to succeed at the highest level possible during undergraduate and graduate school, while, at the same time, thoroughly enjoying themselves through dating, networking, and other pursuits.

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M.S.S.A. Case Western Reserve University