Justin has more than 10 years experience working with teens and families. His experience spans the fields of teaching and counseling in both residential and special education settings. He coaches, teaches, counsels, and supports adolescents dealing with behavioral, academic, and emotional issues in the classroom, through individual teen therapy, family therapy, and in group therapy settings.
Justin believes that the most important factor in therapy is the relationship built through the counseling process. He is both relatable and practical in his work with children and families. He works with each individual’s strengths to help children, teens, and families grow through and beyond their problems. Justin draws from a variety of treatment models including motivational interviewing techniques and solution-focused approaches. He also uses aspects of Behavior therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, and Reality therapy in his practice.
For Justin, the second most important factor in therapy is the interaction within real life and present-day relationships. He knows behavior doesn’t occur in a vacuum, so he involves family members, teachers, and other relevant participants in the change process. In this regard, Justin considers important systems and cultural factors.
Justin earned his MS in School Counseling as well as a Post-Master’s Certification in Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Justin is a Licensed Graduate Counselor licensed in Washington, DC; a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor licensed in Maryland; and a Nationally Certified Counselor.