“Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.”
― Alfred Adler
I remember my friends in grade school talking about cooking with mom or playing sports with dad. I did not comprehend why my family looked so different. My mother struggled with addiction and my father was in prison for most of my life. I was raised by my grandmother and realized just how different my family situation was. More importantly, I realized how much it impacted my development as a person.
Thus started my interest in mental health. I believe that the strategies and practice I learned in counseling from a young age are the reasons why I have been able to become the person that I am. If you feel like you can not achieve what you aspire, complete what you desire, or overcome the adversity that you’re dealt, I can help you.
Like Alfred Adler believed, life is built upon the choices made, not the situation in which you’re born. It is never too late to choose a life of happiness. No matter how bad your situation is, you can always change your mindset, starting with small choices. One of which is to attend counseling.
As your counselor, I will encourage you to prioritize yourself, your mental wellness, and your needs. I will encourage you, enable you, and empower you to take ahold of your life. Even if you feel like you’re drowning, I will teach you to swim.
Ryan is a clinical mental health intern at the University of Houston – Victoria. He has completed over 160 clock hours in a practicum setting and is excited to apply his experience and expertise into personal counseling. He takes a person-centered, positive psychology approach through the lenses of cognitive-behavioral (CBT), multicultural and Adlerian counseling perspectives. Ryan specializes in depression, anxiety, family issues, LGBT+ issues, overcoming burnout, suicidal ideation, codependency and relationship issues, and grief.
Additionally, Ryan serves as the office manager to assist with scheduling, insurance, and social media
When Ryan’s not working, submitting assignments for graduate school, you can find him listening to music with his two cats, working out, or taking care of his numerous plants while planning his next meal.