“My clients learn new ways of thinking about the world and their place in it.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My career began as a chaplain, counseling individuals with both spiritual and religious concerns. I then worked for the state of Texas, working with families of children living with severe, chronic medical conditions. I found that I recognized something special and compelling in the eyes and hearts of the people I worked with. I felt privileged that they welcomed me into their lives as I welcomed them into my heart. I became hooked on helping others and it broadened my need for meaning in my own life. I moved to Florida and began working at all levels of care with people suffering from substance abuse, alcoholism, and other addictions (such as gambling, sex, and work). I received solid training in working with trauma, depression, anxiety, and dual diagnosis. I found my capacity for compassion grew and I felt the drive to be of greater service. I found that rehabs and inpatient settings were not focused on client care, and so Freedom Mind and Body Counseling was born.
What should someone know about working with you?
My clients are people seeking freedom from emotional and psychological pain and confusion. They see me in order to gain independence from the pain of trauma, chronic illness, addiction, and existential crisis. My clients learn new ways of thinking about the world and their place in it. They learn to live as “a part of” and not “apart from”; their relationships are enhanced, their quality of life improves, and they begin to experience life more broadly and richly. My ideal client desires change and is willing to work to achieve it. I believe in the therapeutic alliance between client and therapist. It is an odd but magical and rewarding journey and progress can often be gauged by assessing the nature of that relationship. Sometimes, homework is assigned but it is not overwhelming.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I will often consult privately with other top practitioners in the field. We confidentially share new, unconventional, and effective ways to maximize benefits for our clients. If the therapist isn't growing, it is difficult to help the client grow.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Compassion, care, and benevolence are the hallmarks of my core values. On a personal note, I discovered that my capacity to realize my core values grew as my own challenges grew.
“They learn to live as “a part of” and not “apart from”; their relationships are enhanced, their quality of life improves, and they begin to experience life more broadly and richly.”