“You always have a choice.”
Tom is a licensed clinical social worker-supervisor, licensed chemical dependency counselor and an EMDR approved consultant. A North Carolina native, he started out in the behavioral health field over twenty years ago. He began as a case manager for at-risk children and families in a small rural community. After working for a few years, he returned to school.
Tom attended the University of South Carolina and in 2003 graduated with a master’s degree in social work. By 2005 he had completed all of his licensing requirements for his LCSW. Since then he has worked in a variety of settings and with children, adolescents, families, and adults from diverse backgrounds. In 2007 he completed the training requirements for EMDR. He frequently states that this training revolutionized his practice. He subsequently opened a small office focusing on PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and performance issues.
After owning his own practice for several years, he commissioned as an officer in the Air Force Medical Services (2011). While in the Air Force he completed the requirements of certification in EMDR and eventually became an approved consultant for EMDR, supervising other EMDR clinicians.
Tom takes a no-nonsense approach to therapy and is transparent in his approach. He absolutely believes people heal and grow from traumatic events. His goal is for his clients to not have to keep coming to therapy for the same issue.
His approach to therapy led him to have a 98% return to duty rate while in the Air Force.
What this means is that Airmen were able to remain in the service, return to work and be able to deploy when called upon.
After he separated honorably from the Air Force in 2016, he relocated to San Antonio with his family.
In his off time, he is a pop culture nerd, plays the guitar, engages in occasional shenanigans and tomfoolery (see what we did there), and spends his time with his wife, two cats and Ernie the dog.
Master of Social Work - University of South Carolina
Bachelor of Social Work - University of North Carolina-Charlotte