About AutumnSpring

Joshua Kirby provides mental health and career counseling for students, professionals, entrepreneurs, and their families.

Joshua A. Kirby, LPC, NCC, CCC, GC-C 

Licensed Professional Counselor (Pennsylvania)

Counseling, and mental health in general, came as Josh’s second calling after a first career in higher education. Heavily influenced by well-designed youth development programs during the challenging times of his youth, Josh studied and worked in educational program design, implementation, and evaluation in a handful of roles across Ohio State and Penn State Universities for 24 years. Counseling offered new career opportunities, and a more direct method to facilitate growth and support the personal journey of children and adults of every age. Upon completion of his counseling degree in 2021, Josh opened AutumnSpring Counseling in downtown State College and online. He has provided more than 3,500 hours of professional counseling services to students (all levels), faculty (all types), professionals, entrepreneurs, retirees, and family dependents.

Josh’s professional practice credentials include:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
    • Pennsylvania (PC017234)
  • Registered Telehealth Counselor
    • Delaware (MI-0000175)
    • South Carolina (Registration 1344, verify on this site)
    • Vermont (068.0135958TELE)
    • Idaho (in progress)
    • Florida (in progress)
    • Connecticut (in progress)
    • Vermont (in progress)
  • Graduate of the M.Ed. in Counselor Education degree program at Penn State University in 2021
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Certified Career Counselor (CCC) by the National Career Development Association
  • Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C) by the American Academy of Grief Counseling

Professional development certificates include:

  • Certified Trauma Professional (CTP)
  • Certified Grief-Informed Professional (CGIP)
  • Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)
  • Certified Career Services Professional (CCSP)

Josh’s earlier degrees (unrelated to counseling training) include a bachelor’s in communication studies, a master’s in educational psychology, and a PhD in instructional systems. While a faculty member, Josh was selected to participate in the prestigious Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) and Penn State University’s Excellence in Management Program. Josh’s greatest honor as a faculty member came when he was elected as a University Faculty Senator and the convener of his college’s caucus of Senators.

Josh is an Eagle Scout and has a long history of leadership and service with the Scouting America organization at the local, national, and international levels. He usually enjoys the ups-and-downs of parenting young children with his spouse.

My Approach & Values

I aim to support clients as they face issues related to career, education, and mental health aspects of their lives. Common symptoms in my clientele include: grief (from all types of loss), stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, career or major exploration/indecision, toxic workplaces, bad bosses/coworkers, workplace bullying, forced career change, job loss, and end-of-career transition.

Our counseling relationship should become a custom-tailored source of support, honesty, and strategy for all stages of students and professionals, across all professions, ages, races, and nationalities. If your work, home, family, or personal life journey is facing uncharted obstacles, contact me to aid your navigation.

Key Interests

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Grief Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Social Cognitive Career Therapy
  • Inferiority and Superiority (a la Adlerian Therapy)


I Work With Individuals & Groups


Everyone’s mental health needs attention from time to time, just like our physical health. Josh has experience with challenges like anxiety, depression, career decision, and grief processing.

Grief Counseling

Loss of any type can be devastating and disorienting, and grief is not limited to the death of a loved one. Josh has experience with processing grief, supporting growth, and helping clients get “un-stuck”.

Group Counseling

What we do is just as important as who we are, making our careers a foundation of our identity. School, job, and hobby challenges can create confusion and distress, and Josh has experience helping clients find direction and purpose.
Transform Your Career at Any Age
"If you are interested in changing careers, no matter your age, contact Josh. He is kind, knowledgeable, and has all of the credentials to make things happen for you. If you feel you are too old to make a change, one conversation with Josh will change your mind. If you have many years in one job, he can guide you to use those skills to excel in a different career. He is also a counselor who can help you with other problems you're experiencing. I can't say enough good things about Josh. Good luck with your journey! "
– Unsolicited review from client
Strong Rapport with Clients

"Josh demonstrates a strong ability to build rapport and make his clients comfortable with the counseling process. ...[Josh] had the opportunity to work with a client whose culture didn’t believe in counseling. Josh was able to utilize his skills and openness with the client. At the end this client admitted Josh had changed their views on counseling. The client said they are now open to returning to treatment in the future as a result of their work with Josh."

- Comment from Evaluation of Mental Health Clinic Supervisor, December 2020

Thorough and Thoughtful

"Josh is a very thorough and thoughtful career counselor. In each session, his commitment to the success of the client he serves is immediately evident. He works to build rapport and openness, presenting himself as supportive, accepting, and with knowledge and a desire to positively contribute to his clients."

- Evaluation by Career Counseling Internship Supervisor, December 2020

Committed to Client Success

"Overall, Josh is a strong counselor and has a vast knowledge of career development and industry areas, and is capable of offering this to clients. He conceptualizes his cases very well and is strongly committed to the success of the clients he serves. I am excited about his goals of building his own counseling practice and further supporting a range of clients in their personal and career goals. Josh works well across a range of clients, supporting clients across many identities and life stages."

- Comment from Final Evaluation by Career Counseling Supervisor, December 2020