Christian W. Mosemann, MSW, BCD, is an experienced psychotherapist practicing at TPMG Behavioral Health in Newport News, VA.
Mr. Mosemann earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History, as well as a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. After graduating from college, Mr. Mosemann began working in the psychiatric department of a children’s hospital where he recognized that the clinical staff had a particular skill for relating to others that he admired. From this experience, Mr. Mosemann established a personal goal and seeks to pass on what he learned professionally through his clinical work.
Mr. Mosemann believes that through therapy individuals are better able to fully understand the source of their pain, and through this understanding, find helpful ways to deal with their struggles. He draws from a variety of methods such as cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, relaxation exercises, meditation, and hypnotherapy,
Mr. Mosemann’s primary professional interest is in couple's relationships and he enjoys working with couples to help them work towards and, ultimately, maintain a positive, loving relationship. He believes there is nothing finer than coming home to an environment of mutual trust, respect, and genuine enjoyment in your partner’s company.
Mr. Mosemann also works with patients who are struggling with anxiety and depression. In his work, he has found these conditions are often related to a need to find a sense of purpose and meaning in life, a desire to connect with those around them and having a goal or opportunity to look forward to in the future. He hopes to help his patients struggling with anxiety and depression, recognize these aspects in their own lives through relaxation exercises, meditation, and hypnotherapy.
Mr. Mosemann is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He is a member of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work and is a board certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.
Building Beautiful Relationships
My goal is to help couples build beautiful relationships. Here are some things that I think every couple needs to know:
- Both you and your partner need a good moral code; one that leads to trustworthy behavior.
- Understand yourself - your motivations and character defects (we all have them).
- Understand your partner and his/her motivations and character defects (he/she has them, too).
- Understand how relationships and partnerships work.
- Understand that beautiful relationships require skill and a willingness to do the work that is required (they don't just happen naturally).
As a psychotherapist, I have been focused on helping individuals, couples and teenagers find more enjoyment and satisfaction in their lives. Psychotherapy, also called counseling, talk therapy, psycho-social therapy and just therapy, is useful when people have difficulty with the following:
- Family conflict
- Finding a safe place and resting your mind and body
- Focusing on work
- Handling a serious health problem
- Lack of motivation
- Mood swings
- Performing sexually
- Recovering from abuse
- Sleep issues
- Suicidal thoughts or wanting to kill someone
- Wanting to get high and not think
- Worrying about whether you are "going crazy"
I ask questions like these:
- What do you hope to achieve by coming for therapy?
- When, how and where did your problem begin?
- How did you attempt to solve the problem? What worked and what did not work?
- How do you think I might be helpful?
The next step is to consider your options:
Options in psychotherapy are many, as there are many types of therapies and many types of therapists. Here are some questions people can ask to simplify the process:
- Who has successfully helped other people with the problem I have? You might talk with your physician, minister or a close friend or relative.
- Would I work best with a female or a male?
- Do I want to be seen alone or with my partner or family?
- Would I like to be part of a group focusing on this problem?
- Do I have a problem such as substance abuse that calls for specialized training? Much of this type of work is done in groups.
Individual therapy, hypnotherapy, couple therapy, family therapy and group therapy all have particular advantages:
Individual therapy has great flexibility as you get to choose what to work on and you do not have to consider the feelings of someone else. You develop a plan and work on it.
Hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques can help you more quickly:
- Quiet your mind, rest and sleep
- Obtain information related to depression and anxiety, such as their source and origin
- Refocus from the past to the present
- Learn new behaviors
Couple therapy, also called relationship therapy, can help a couple look together at:
- How to maintain a feeling of being connected
- What each one does that causes a disconnect
- How to facilitate reconnecting
Group therapy provides the help and support of the group leader and of the group members. You get to see how others tackle a problem like yours. Our office provides an intensive outpatient group for people with drug and alcohol addiction as group work is more effective than individual work.
The key to success in psychotherapy is to find a psychotherapist who understands your problem and who you are comfortable confiding in. You may need to deal with painful feelings and experiences and you need to be able to be truthful about the problem and truthful about the effect the therapy is having on you.
Undergraduate: B.S. in Sociology & History, Eastern Mennonite University
Graduate: Master of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University
Board Certified Diplomate: Academy of Certified Social Workers
License: Clinical Social Worker, State of Virginia
INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES
Member, National Association of Social Workers
Member, American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work