Travis McNulty

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Travis McNulty

Clinical Director and Founder
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Guardian Ad Litem

More About Me

Through my years of practice, I’ve been passionate in working with thousands of clients in promoting good mental health by helping them to unravel their cycles of negative thoughts, negative emotions, and negative behaviors that interchangeably obstruct them from being who, and getting to, where they want to be in life.

I strive to assist my clients in achieving their optimal mental health by utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combined with humanistic psychology to promote balance in all areas of their lives from a holistic perspective. What is this holistic therapy modality? We’re going to take a deep look into family, friendships, romantic relationships, occupation/academics, sleep, diet & exercise, amount of fun you’re having in life, your relationship with yourself, and your spirituality (as it pertains to you). If any of these stick out to you, write them down now! Once we accurately pinpoint the deficits in your life, we’ll bridge the deficit to the manifesting emotions that are leading to your mental health issues. After we identify your triggers, I’ll equip you with the tools necessary to not only overcome your current problem, but to implement the necessary changes that last a lifetime. My goal is not to make you dependent on me, but rather to make you an expert in your own thoughts and behaviors. You become the expert!

While working with me you can always expect a safe and non-judgmental space where you can talk freely about your thoughts and feelings so that we can truly address your core issues to evoke real growth and lasting change. If you’re reading this, then you know that you’re ready! My ideal client is someone who is tired of repeating maladaptive behavioral and thought patterns, who has also finally decided to end their suffering by putting themselves first. Clients appreciate my empathetic nature complemented by my candor and direct approach to counseling.

Call today to see if Travis is accepting new clients.

My Personal Journey in Becoming Your Therapist

As a clinician, I have a unique set of clinical skills and expertise with an emphasis on utilizing holistic psychology in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when counseling both adolescents and adults. I’m most passionate about treating anxiety in my clients because I myself suffered from anxiety as a teen and a young adult. I was completely blindsided by this crippling mental health disorder that really rocked me at my core. My anxiety led to insomnia, social anxiety, and a heightened sense of self-awareness that wreaked havoc on every facet of my personal life. I was put on medication that made me feel like a zombie so I discontinued taking it almost immediately. I reached out to a psychotherapist and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Through psycho-education, cognitive behavioral therapy, some serious personal work, along with major lifestyle changes, I took back control of my life. So much so that I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to helping others who struggle with anxiety and other mental health issues.

I’m living proof that you can overcome these awful disorders and it is my pledge as the founder of this counseling center that myself, along with the amazing counselors of this practice, that we are all constantly striving for excellence and are always researching the cutting edge neuroscience and therapy modalities to better help you overcome whatever it is that you’re struggling with. We hold ourselves to the highest standards because we understand the importance of mental health in your life. I’m no longer accepting new clients, but Bjorn Nagle is seeing clients in my place. He’s a fantastic clinician with years of experience helping clients who are struggling with the same issues as the clients I treat. Everyone who I’ve sent to him has had only positive things to say. I give you my personal guarantee that he’s THE go-to male therapist in St. Petersburg and I’m extremely confident that you’ll receive the same level of care that you’ve come to expect of me and my reputation.

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Travis’s Education and Training

I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. During my undergraduate studies at FSU, I interned for the front-running pioneer of anxiety research, Dr. Jesse Cougle, at his lab on anxiety disorders. I also got my first taste of clinical application as one of the youngest crisis counselors in the nation at 2-1-1 Big Bend, a crisis counseling hotline and community referral service. After graduation, I further pursued my education at the University of South Florida where I earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling. I’m currently licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida where I’ve presented at regional and national conferences on the topics of performance-based anxiety, holistic anxiety treatment, mindfulness-based anxiety treatment, and workplace-related stress and burnout. I’m a current professional member of the  Anxiety Disorders Association of America as well as an active volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) with the 6th Judicial Circuit here in Pinellas County where I advocate for the best interests of Florida’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children.

Outside of academia, I was a personal trainer and general manager of a gym all throughout graduate school. I thoroughly enjoyed helping people achieve optimal physical conditioning because I saw the direct link it had to their mental health. I am a huge advocate for the mind-body connection especially in a society where we’ve become more sedentary than ever in human evolution. In working with me, we will be diving deep into your physical health, diet, sleep, and exercise routine.

Travis’s Current Podcast Recommendation for Self-Growth:

I highly recommend this podcast to individuals suffering from anxiety who have experienced some type of trauma in their lives. Russell Brand is a comedian and actor, and he is currently in recovery from addiction. He interviews Dr. Gabor Maté, a renowned specialist in addiction, childhood trauma, and stress. I’d love to hear how it resonates with you!

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The Human Behind the Therapist

Outside of being a counselor I have my own flaws, I struggle with certain issues, I’m nowhere near perfect, and I’m writing all this because I want you to understand that I’m a human too. With that being said, I thoroughly enjoy life and I love what I do. To prove I’m not a robot counselor, here are some fun facts about me:

  • I’m a #girldad to Palmer Jane McNulty who joined our family on July 13th, 2022. She’s been the most amazing experience of my entire life and I become more in love with her every day. My wife Elizabeth and I have 2 Cavapoos and a Great Pyrenees mix. I love animals and I think if everyone had a pet, people would be that much happier and the world would be a better place. I think we can learn a lot from our furry friends about enjoying the simplicities in life. I’ll shamefully admit that I’m extremely jealous of their contentment and excitability for life. I sometimes daydream of a world where people act as animals. Not the butt-sniffing or pooping outside in public part, but more along the lines of people getting excited to see each other, connect, and become mindfully present.
  • I’m fanatical about travelling abroad and tasting my way through the world. Whenever I have the opportunity to travel, I take it. I think it’s the best remedy for the human soul especially when routine gets to be a bit too much. It offers the most powerful natural perceptual shift that turns my world upside down. Meeting people from different places and hearing about their culture, how they were brought up, listening to how they think, their music, their food, etc. is by far my favorite thing to do in life. Something we’re missing in American culture is the ability to approach complete strangers and welcome them as if they’ve been lifelong friends. I always get this when traveling abroad and I’m able to implement my favorite parts that I’ve learned into my life in St. Petersburg. My wife and I more recently moved to Spain for a year where we taught English to Spanish-speaking students in Madrid. Here are a few other places I’ve been: England, Italy, Germany, France, Iceland, Spain, Thailand, Morocco, Ireland, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Belize, Costa Rica, Bonaire, and more.
  • “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” I love comedy and I think a life without comedic relief is one not worth living. I’m a BIG fan of Saturday Night Live, not the new stuff but the classics with Chis Farley, David Spade, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and the list goes on! My favorite skit has to be either Will Ferrell’s More Cowbell or Chris Farley’s Chippendales Audition/A Van Down By The River skits. Now that I think about it, there’s no way I could decide. I love them all!
  • “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” I love comedy and I think a life without comedic relief is one not worth living. I’m a BIG fan of Saturday Night Live, not the new stuff but the classics with Chis Farley, David Spade, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and the list goes on! My favorite skit has to be either Will Ferrell’s More Cowbell or Chris Farley’s Chippendales Audition/A Van Down By The River skits. Now that I think about it, there’s no way I could decide. I love them all!
  • I’m a huge Liverpool Football Club supporter and I recently attended their game where they won the most prestigious tournament in all of Europe, The Champion’s League. It was absolutely insane. I’ve never experienced fans, or people, so passionate about any one thing in life including things outside of football. My favorite part was the unity you felt wearing the same jersey as the other fans because no one cared about what you looked like, whether you’re rich or poor, your skin color, or ANYTHING. All that matters on game days is you’re all supporters for one club and one club only and everyone is one in the same, so people treat you as such. I envision this is how life was pre-cell phones and social media. I’d highly recommend going to an English “football” match if you want to experience true human connection.
  • I’m extremely active and I love to exercise/be outdoors. Not so much the part where I have to train, but I do love to compete. I play soccer two nights a week on a team, I’m a member of the St. Pete Cycling Club, and I take any opportunity to get outside and play sports. I’m obsessed with skiing and snowboarding (I was probably born in the wrong state) but I try and get out to the mountains as much as I can. I love hiking, camping, fishing, paddle boards, mountain biking and any other high adrenaline sport you can think of. As I mentioned, I’m a big proponent for taking care of your body because I know for me, if I’m eating right and exercising, mentally I feel great!

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