L.C.P.C.- State of Montana M.S. Psychology - Texas A&M University-Kingsville
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” - Marianne Williamson
Where did you grow up? I lived in Scotland as a little boy from ages 1 to 5 then I moved to Texas. I lived in Texas for about 28 years of my life. The majority of the time I lived in Texas I lived in San Antonio but my family had a farm and bay house down in South Texas. I spent most weekends down south enjoying the outdoors
Tell us about your family. I was raised in a bicultural family. My father being a Caucasian farm boy from Bishop, TX and my mother is Hispanic from Lordsburg, New Mexico. I have two siblings a brother that is 10 years older than me and a sister that’s 4 years older than me.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. I was on the TV show Entourage; also I am a huge Disney fan. I go to the theme parks every few years and I know all the words to songs from Beauty and the Beast.
Briefly describe your work experience. I have been working the last three years on the east coast as a staff therapist. I helped build or restore vocational and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to people with disabilities or developmental delays. Specific responsibilities included: Leading individual, family, couples, and group therapy. Conducting client intake sessions, developing individual treatment plans, facilitating crisis intervention, providing documentation and reports to referral providers. I have done both outreach therapy in the community where I met with clients in their houses and in a office setting. I can see the adage of having the opportunity to do both.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?I would love to spend a week in Samui, Thailand training Muy Thai kickboxing and fishing.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? When I’m not working I am either training in the martial arts, fishing or spending time with my dog.
What draws you most to this type of work? I was diagnosed with a learning disability at a very young age and struggled through school. If my parents didn't work the system like they did I would have surly been lost. My parents never made me feel like there was anything wrong with me cognitively; they always explained that I just learned differently. I feel that my learning disability forced me to find alternatives and coping skills to deal with the complications. School was very difficult for me and I had to be very driven because I felt like I had to work twice as hard to grasp concepts. I feel like my experiences in life helps me relate well with others. I feel like very few people’s lives go from A to B to C but with help and guidance we can learn to live up to our fullest potentials.