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Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
License: APCC7603

Clinical Supervisor: Rachael Gelgand, LMFT126207

My first career, after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, was working for Union Pacific Railroad to which I gave 19 years of service.  For thirteen of those years, I taught a behavior-based safety program.  This is how I realized that I had the aptitude to reach individuals that need support.  I chose to make a career change so I could help others.  I decided to begin college later in life and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I then continued to earn a master’s degree in educational and clinical counseling.  Through life experience and a strong educational background in psychology, working with people has become more than a job, it is a passion.  I am driven to help others achieve their full potential.  I am encouraging, motivational, and a positive role model that can be looked up to for guidance.

I have primarily worked in an educational setting providing Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) at the elementary school level.  I have also worked as a Social-emotional learning counselor, teaching students coping skills, social skills, and character development.  I have completed specialist training in Anxiety and Stress management, Bully Prevention, and Suicide Risk, Assessment, and Prevention.

As a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, I intend to hone my skills to become the best therapist I can be for my clients.  I know that asking for help can be difficult for me, so with that understanding, I aim to ensure my clients feel safe so they can be vulnerable for therapy to be most effective.

When I am not helping my clients, I’m getting beat up on the mats.  My favorite hobby is practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Although I’m not very good at it, it is a form of therapy for me.  I have been learning since May 2021 and I don’t think I’ll ever stop.  I have also been married for 22 years and have two sons.  One is grown and in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and the youngest is in middle school.  I have lived in this community in one way or another for most of my life and I have strong ties still.

Supreme good is like water. Water greatly benefits all things, without conflict. It flows through places that people loathe. Thereby it is close to the Way.” – Lao Tzu

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