The way that I got into therapy and counseling is fairly organic. My father suffered from depression and got into treatment late. He killed himself when I was eight years old, and this shaped my childhood and had an obvious impact on me. My mother sent me to see a psychiatrist and to therapy after this. Over the course of this treatment, I was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia. It was hard for me as a kid, and I often got in trouble. I wasn’t very good in school either because of my learning disabilities, although I was interested and had a sharp mind. I played a lot of sports, which helped, but then I started experimenting with drugs and alcohol when I was 16 years old like a lot of kids do. With me, it became more than just experimenting and consumed my life.
I also struggled with some of the same mental illness that my dad did, and the combination of all of this made it really hard for me to live life. I started using heavily. I went to my first rehab when I was 21 years old. I got into trouble with the law, which turned out to be a blessing. At 23, I got clean and sober through a program called drug court. I got my associates degree, my bachelors in social work, and my masters in social work so that I could help people who had the same struggles I had. I did well in school and was on dean’s list, a real testament given how much trouble I had in school as a kid. I stayed clean and sober for seven years until I had to have back surgery and got hooked on pain pills. After that relapse I regained my sobriety and after some difficult struggling. I know what it is like to fight every day to have a good life. I want to help others fight that fight as well, whether it’s overcoming drug and alcohol issues, depression, anxiety or just general lack of direction in your life. It makes me happy to share what I’ve learned with others.
I appreciate you letting me share a little bit about myself so that you can know who I am and where I come from, but it’s really not about me. When I work with clients, I make it all about them. I don’t normally self-disclose this much, but I want to share a little bit so that you can get to know me. I look forward to helping you live the life you want to lead.