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The Journey Back To Self

Beginning at the age of six years old, I knew deep down that I was destined for success, however, I believed that success would only come by way of sports. I quickly took on the identity of an athlete participating in both baseball and football before settling on football as my main sport. My goal as a football player was to play in the NFL. Although I was an all-state sprinter in the 100 meters in high school, I was absolutely certain that my purpose on this earth was to be a football player. 

When I earned my football scholarship to Bethune-Cookman College, now Bethune-Cookman University, I felt that my dream to playing in the NFL was slowly becoming a reality. After two years at Bethune-Cookman, I decided to transfer to the University of South Carolina and walk-on the football team. After a brief stint as a walk-on and struggling as a student-athlete, life begin to take a shape of its own. My childhood dream of being a professional football player quickly faded away into the sunset, and I found myself in an identity crisis. 

After years of trying to make it in entertainment and as a fitness trainer, I was encouraged to pursue a career as a therapist to assist others with healing from their disappointments. Despite my initial resistance, life continued to put me in situations that highlighted my ability to hold space and be an active listener for others. This reminded me of the saying, "What you resist will persist", especially if it is for your good and for the greater good of others.

Having participated in a 10-day silent meditation retreat, a men's rite of passage, and other spiritual awakening ceremonies, I am very grateful that life unfolded in the way that it did because it is granting me the opportunity to connect with others, but also it brought me back home to my true self as a healer. 

 

 

Vulnerability gives us freedom, power, and connects us to a network of injured souls. It is through the art of being real that we can heal ourself and others.- Shannon L. Adler

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Men's issues

  • Sports Performance

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem/Confidence

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Stress Management

  • Spirituality

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

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Areas of focus:
  • Phillips Graduate University- M.A. in Clinical Psychology

  • Arizona State University- B.S. in Healthy Lifestyle Coaching

  • EMDR Trained- EMDR Institute

  • NAMA Certified Anger Management Specialist II-National Anger Management Association 

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology Certificate-California State University Dominguez Hills

  • Performance Enhancement Specialist-National Academy of Sports Medicine

  • Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement Instructor-MSPE Institute (American Psychological Association approved)

Education and Certifications
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