"Action expresses priority"

- Mahatma Gandhi


Garah hammack, lmft


Path

My path to becoming a couples/family therapist came out of seemingly nowhere. To be completely honest with you, I never intended to practice therapy as I only wanted to absorb all the knowledge I could to avoid screwing up my family and marriage. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where I had both a healthy and dysfunctional upbringing. I left the Island in 2000 when I joined the Air Force. During my time in the Air Force I finished by undergraduate degree in Applied Science and Technology (I was actually a Medical Laboratory Technologist in the military). Why counseling? As I slowly and ever so painfully pieced my life together, I made a promise to myself. I promised to raise emotionally & psychologically sound children, to have a healthy marriage, and to stop putting others’ needs ahead of mine. Big dreams require big actions, which led me to earn my Master of Science in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Walden University in February 2015. 


Experience

I completed over 750 hours during my Practicum and Internships for two non-profit organizations providing individual, group, and family therapeutic services for low-income families empowering them to improve individual and community health. For six months, I worked as a Program Coordinator supporting customers with cognitive & developmental disabilities in identifying roles and arranging support networks to facilitate meaningful contributions in their communities. For 2.5 years as a Readjustment Counselor within the Department of Veterans Affairs, I worked with the Vet Center Program supporting combat Veterans and families in the re-adjustment to life together outside the combat zone. 


Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

  • Pre-Clinical Fellow, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)


Personal Philosophy

I strongly believe that people do the best they can under demanding life circumstances. I also believe that deep inside, we all have the answers to our challenges. At times, we can all use support in retrieving those solutions and I am the therapist that will walk with you through the discomfort and discovery of the counseling journey.