“Do life together.”
Eric adams, ms
My path to becoming a therapist was shaped by my life experiences. As a teen, I witnessed my parents come to the brink of divorce and then work through their dilemma. They went to counseling, and did a lot of hard work to improve themselves, their marriage, and their other relationships. Now (about ten years later), their marriage is stronger than ever and our family continues to reap the benefits of their hard work. After seeing how counseling was able to help them, I began to wonder what it would be like to work in a profession where I could help families like mine. So, years later, when the stars aligned and an opportunity presented itself for me to pursue a degree in Family Therapy, I jumped at the chance. Now, I have the pleasure of working with individuals, couples, and families to achieve a greater level of happiness and fulfillment.
I obtained my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. While working towards my degree, I completed my semester-long practicum experience at Community Behavioral Health in Centreville, MD, where I worked with clients of all ages. After completing my practicum, I interned as a Clinician in Training at a local outpatient practice in Dover, DE, for two semesters where I worked with individuals, couples, and families. While there, I also worked as a Behavioral Interventionist as part of Delaware’s Therapeutic Support for Families program. In my capacity as a Behavioral Interventionist, I worked with children and their families providing guidance and support as they worked to meet their therapeutic goals. Since graduating, I have been working full-time as an Outpatient Therapist at Mental Edge Counseling under the supervision of John Vander Ven Jr., LPCMH
While some may still see seeking counseling as a weakness, I view it as an act of courage! I understand the tenacity and willpower that it takes just to get through doors and to sit in an office and say, “I need help” – therefore I have the upmost respect for all of my clients. I believe brain health is an important part of wellness and should be tended to just as we tend to our physical health. I believe that my job as a therapist is to help make my clients’ lives better. I do that by providing guidance and support, by challenging the status quo, and by helping them to see alternative solutions for their problems. My approach relies heavily on the tenants of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), so my clients and I explore the thought processes that motivate emotion and behavior.