Milt Whitmer has spent the last 30 years helping families in Northwest Ohio, first in a hospital setting, then in private practice. He is in his late 50’s, and proud to report that he is happily married to his best friend, Karen. They are continuing to define the empty nest experience, as their three children have created families of their own. As the growing number of pictures on his office will reflect, he is now a proud grandpa soon to nine times over.
Milt graduated from Oral Roberts University with a theology degree in 1981, having originally planned to pursue the pastorate. However, the influence of this education was expressed through a career choice in the mental health field. He pursued a masters degree in Social Work, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1984 and became independently licensed shortly thereafter. While in college, Milt worked in, and later managed a residential psychiatric treatment facility for emotionally disturbed children. This experience defined his career direction, where he became committed to offering practical help to improve the quality of people’s daily lives. During his family therapy training he mentored couples in marital counseling, and helped couples with the distressing difficulties of their relationships, including sexual problems and the wounding of extramarital affairs. Milt’s professional experience and ongoing training beyond graduate school has included work with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. Milt is also interested in the role faith plays in helping people conquer many of the struggles that interfere with the quality of their lives.
Milt has worked well with both women’s concerns/challenges, and issues affecting men. He has treated many men for difficulties that compromise their relationships, including problems with sexual addiction. Health related concerns are another area of personal interest. He has expertise in helping people with weight related challenges as well as other health difficulties, including fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Milt’s goal is to empower people to find real, practical answers to concerns that negatively impact their lives.
Milt has been a delight to work with. He is well liked by clients, professional staff, and support staff. He keeps a full caseload, is very organized, and has been my personal “garden coach” as I develop the large garden connected to our offices.