Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Tom supports the idea that achieving wellness and living a good life are distinct journeys for each person. Each person’s purpose, meaning, and definition of what it means to live well is defined by their subjective experiences in life that only they have lived through from their perspective. This doesn’t mean that we must take part in this journey alone, however. Counseling allows clients to have a partner on their journey that can assist them in reflecting on events and finding clarity in their experiences. Counseling also assists clients in finding other areas of support in their life that strengthening those connections. Times of struggle, as well as times of achievement, come with challenges that are opportunities for growth. Tom believes that counseling is a tool that bolsters one’s already acquired abilities to harness these opportunities, as well as opening a client’s eyes to avenues they may have not previously considered. He frequently works with issues such as depression, addiction, anxiety, spirituality and grief.
Tom’s counseling style is based around helping a client define what is important to them in life, and how their current life does or does not match with this blueprint. Issues like anxiety, depression, feeling lost in life, grief, and maladaptive coping skills are areas where defining one’s values and purpose are important. Tom’s approach utilizes existential therapy as well as a humanistic style to bring connection between the deeper questions of our lives and the more day-to-day stressors we encounter. He employs mindfulness-based strategies as well as neuroscience-based techniques to help clients improve their current feelings while simultaneously working on a broader view of their life. He believes that the picture of a life well lived can be drastically different from one person to the next, and the therapeutic environment should be tailored to support each client’s model of what they want their life to look like. Tom is strong believer in personal treatment planning that keeps what is working and is not resistant to changing what is not. He also has a great deal of experience working with clients in the realm of medication, whether working with client through their feelings about medication or managing expectations and side effects of medications. Tom frequently works with adolescents, adults, couples and has experience working with the LGBTQ+ population in addition to culturally diverse clients.
Tom’s clinical and professional experiences in the field have exposed him to the world of integrative healthcare through working with medical teams, social workers, and spiritual support systems to deliver a more complete picture of care to clients. He finds that counseling is more effective when it can integrate the other areas of support a client has into sessions and not isolate the counseling from these other avenues of assistance. He has experience working in a University mental health clinic and completed his internship at a substance abuse medication assisted treatment site. He has volunteered and spent time during his education working in low income areas, hospitals, has received trainings in the areas of Motivational Interviewing, Culturally diverse counseling, suicide risk and intervention, and psychopharmacological informed counseling.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Religious studies from the University of Central Florida as well as a Bachelor of Science from UCF. He went on to earn his Master of Art degree in Mental Health Counseling from UCF. Tom has been involved in volunteering as a co-facilitator of courses in the fields of psychology and counseling, in addition to his involvement in the world of integrative care. He is currently a registered mental health counselor intern in the state of Florida.
In his free time Tom enjoys reading and being a student of history and philosophy. He loves spending time with his friends and interacting with new people in social settings. Tom finds joy in challenging himself intellectually and refining his own personal worldview. He spends true leisure time watching sports and comedic television shows.