Welcome!

When I first considered a career in the field of mental, emotional, and behavioral health, I knew I wanted to serve others in a meaningful way. My education, life and military experience, and my continued professional advancement have afforded such an opportunity, and I’m grateful and humbled to have the prospect of serving my clients.

Perhaps these are your first steps into looking towards counseling, or maybe you are searching for help while having limited knowledge about mental health care. Whatever the situation, please know that you are not alone in this struggle. Countless people across the world share in this experience.

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Though often used synonymously, counseling and therapy are distinctly different intervention strategies. Counseling usually serves as a short-term approach with a skills-based focus in order to help people with specific issues, such as smoking cessation, academic or vocational guidance, or debt management. These skills are taught and practiced in-session which may then be applied outside of the session.

Psychotherapy can be a lengthier approach, often used to address how thoughts and feelings interplay, and how they impact our behavior. Stress or anger management, relational functioning, and the processing of traumatic experiences are some examples of what therapy is designed to treat. Generally, psychotherapy—sometimes referred to as talk therapy—is used to address various mental conditions. People experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mood or personality disorders typically benefit from this form of treatment.

Both counseling and psychotherapy can be useful. I maintain education, training, experience, and licensure as both a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and Licensed Master Social Worker. I function as both a counselor and therapist; depending on the clients’ individual needs.

While my theoretical approach tends to be more cognitive/behavior focused, my practice is further informed by mindfulness techniques, existential theory, and psychodynamic approaches. The evidence-based practice elements I employ may better assist people in the areas of goal- attainment and emotional processing, thus leading to improved functioning that may result in a more meaningful quality of life.

I specialize in working with:

  • Relationship/intimacy issues
  • Transitional challenges
  • Military personnel and their family members, including caregivers of veterans
  • Anxiety
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Depression
  • Suicidality
  • Anger and aggression
  • Justice-involved people
  • Trauma
  • First responders
  • Social media-related stressors
  • Adolescents (ages 14 and up), adults, and couples

More about me:

I left the United States Marine Corps in 2007, earned a bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration from Wayland Baptist University (WBU) in 2009, and decided to move from the law enforcement and security field to that of mental health.

In 2011, I graduated with a master’s degree in Counseling from WBU, worked for a mental health clinic serving people diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder, participated in a criminal justice diversion capacity, and I also assisted with crisis intervention efforts for 26 Texas counties.

I graduated with a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work (now Steve Hicks School of Social Work) in 2014, worked with caregivers of our nation’s wounded and ill veterans in 2015, and I am currently employed by Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates.

When not engaged with therapeutic endeavors, I enjoy examining legal cases, listening to music, and watching movies. As well, I remain dedicated to my own personal growth and have practiced in journaling for many years.

If you’re thinking about receiving counseling, or you have an urgent concern, please reach out today.

I look forward to hearing from you,
Deric