Dr. Will Meeks
I grew up in a small rural town in mountains of Virginia. Coming from a musical family, not taking
piano lessons was not an option. I managed to balance my love of music and sports and was able to
excel in both. After I graduated from college I embarked on my musical career. I spent the next 12
years traveling and playing music with a great deal of success. I was able to see many places I
would have never seen had it not been for music.
Teaching was not something I wanted to do so I went to graduate school and studied counseling and
human development to become a therapist. I was fortunate to begin working in a program called the
Military and Family Life (MFLC) Counseling program. I worked on numerous military installations
throughout the world. I uniquely understand the issues associated with military members and their
It’s easy to think that living with your anxiety and depression is just the way it is. You got stuck. You feel lost and can’t find your way and your place in the world.
Depression has been a way of life for you. You’ve felt pretty hopeless about your own future prospects, your bad luck, and pretty negative about the world in general.
Someone probably told you along the way that you needed to talk to someone. Maybe you know you’ve needed some therapy. You’ve been skeptical in the past, but you’re ready for a change now. You’d figured, “hey what have I got to lose?”
Everything I would teach you I’ve done it myself. I don’t just open a book and get an idea- I practice in real life myself. I’ve done so many things in my life. I’ve been all over the flippin’ world. This experience and my life story has allowed me to partner with people and create real changes in their life.
My career includes extensive work with the military and their families in family therapy. I have worked in management with an interdisciplinary team in training and development of several programs. I’ve created virtual mental health programming and supervised other mental health clinicians.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and depression. I primarily approach therapy from a Rational Emotive Therapy framework, which is a form of CBT. I want to reframe the way you think about stuff. We want to decrease reacting and increase your ability to respond.
They call me Metaphor Man- I use metaphors and quotes. I like inspiring quotes. I will actually think about who I will be seeing that day and find a quote that fits that person and their situation.
- I like to write on the white board. It’s helpful to have a visual.
- I’ve been told I’m easy to talk to and non-threatening.
- I’m a musician and I know music is one of the best tools to put in your toolbox.
- I ask for a 5-session commitment. If you don’t return after the 5 sessions, that’s ok. But let’s give it a shot together.
I received my undergraduate degree in History from James Madison University. After pursuing my musical career, I returned to graduate school and received a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University. At present I am licensed in the state of North Carolina
“If you learn to use it right, the adversity, it will buy you a ticket to a place you couldn’t have gone any other way.” -Tony Bennett, UVA head men’s basketball coach & former NBA player
James Madison University
California Southern University