Robert is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate that earned his Master’s degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2018. He completed his clinical internship at Grace Clinic which serves individuals in the community who do not have insurance. During this time Robert also served as a volunteer firefighter and safety officer for Benton County Fire District #1 in Kennewick, WA.
After graduation Robert worked as a Health Home Care Coordinator, Mental Health Clinician, and Therapist for several non-profit agencies within the Tri-Cities area. As an independent social worker, Robert also provided on-call mental health crisis services for the 24/7 Lourdes Crisis Center, Kadlec,Trios, and Benton/Franklin school districts. During this time Robert focused on working with children and families, adolescents/teens, adults, older adults, and military veterans. Robert continues to work as a counselor and community liaison for the Juvenile Justice System, Benton County Veterans Therapeutic Court, and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Robert‘s therapeutic approach is person-centered and strength-based, but also influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and attachment theory.
Robert served in the United States Marine Corps from 2008-2016 as a field artillery fire control specialist. He deployed overseas during the Iraq War from 2009-2010 as a field artilleryman and heavy-machine gunner attached to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He has training in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for the benefit of healing trauma.