Justin Thetford is a master’s level practicum student who specializes in the treatment of teens and tweens. Justin grew up in the city of Lubbock, Texas. He was raised as the youngest of three children by a single mother. Being a very timid and quiet child, he spent a lot of time watching and listening to others. Over time, Justin developed a natural acuity for the emotions of those around him. As a child in a single parent household, he learned of the difficulties his family went through to stay afloat and the importance of family working as a team to remain strong. Justin went on to enthusiastically participate in his school’s tennis team until graduating high school. He then went on to attend Texas Tech University and received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Soon after graduating from college, Justin moved to Virginia to gain a better sense of what he wanted to achieve in his life and to explore his career options. It was here where Justin was given the very impactful role of a residential counselor in a residential service for young men who were traversing the foster system. This position gave Justin the inspiration he was looking for and led to him pursuing his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
During this educational period, Justin also worked for the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services as a Child Protective Services Investigator. The experiences leading to Justin’s current position have driven his passion for young people of all backgrounds, with a special place for those who have faced family trauma. Justin also loves helping young people work through struggles with depression, anxiety, and the difficulties that come with transitioning into adulthood or coming to terms with their identity. Justin works with children age 10 and up, teens and young adults. His counseling approach is based on humanistic and existential psychology.
Some other things to know about Justin include his love of rock music of all eras, his passion for the great outdoors and wildlife, and his laid-back attitude and willingness to talk about anything. In his spare time, he likes to read (fiction, philosophy, and psychology), makes his best attempt at studying new languages, and goes for walks or runs depending on how energetic he is feeling.