Joe Hobel spent 25 years in the television and film industry as a producer, production manager, actor and executive before deciding to move into the mental health profession. A native of
A few weeks after his identical twin boys were both accepted into college, Joe announced to his wife that he wanted to help others. Joe kept his day job in film while volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, where he occasionally cried on his drive home from visits with a 14 year old foster child after realizing he was making a real difference. Emboldened by this experience, Joe quit the film business to become a staff counselor at Pacific Lodge Boys’ Home working with troubled teens in residential treatment while gaining his Masters in Clinical Psychology.
Joe has worked for the last three years as a staff psychotherapist at Common Ground, a community-based agency on the west side delivering social services to those affected by HIV. Joe also maintains a small private practice in Bel Air. Joe sees approximately 30 clients each week in individual and couples therapy and facilitates a weekly therapy group for HIV positive men. Joe is in his third year of advanced training in Relational Gestalt Therapy at The Relational Center; Joe also volunteers at TRC as an assistant trainer.
Joe hopes to impart his enthusiasm and fascination with clinical practice to his students. “You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” - M. Scott Peck