Getting to Know Ray
Ray has filled many roles in his life, from son to a single mother and latch-key kid, to U.S. Marine, full-time working student, and office manager. This vast array of experiences led him into the helping profession. After some personal and professional struggles, Ray was tired of working a job that didn’t bring personal satisfaction and wasn’t happy overall. No stranger to starting over and after some challenging soul-searching, he discovered therapy was what he was called to do. He received his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Amberton University.
How Change Happens
Through his own life circumstances, Ray has learned that sometimes it’s enough to be a survivor and to fail forward. The mind can be a wonderful student but a terrible master. So, the question inevitably becomes how positive change happens when someone feels they’re already trying their best. Sometimes change starts with a new plan and help with organizing those thoughts that make one feel “stuck.” Often, it’s the therapeutic relationship that helps bring about the pathway to healing and helpful functioning. Ray believes that regardless of life paths, clients possess great strength that can be used to return them to the best version of themselves.
Specialties & Style
Ray specializes in work with veterans, couples, marriages and families, individuals, anxiety, and depression. He believes clients are the experts in their own lives, and Ray seeks to challenge and partner with clients where they are in life, together in the therapeutic relationship. Genuine and forthright, his goal is to empower clients in the here-and-now to resolve issues and to work together towards healing and freedom.
He is trained in a comprehensive background of therapeutic systems and approaches including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT), family systems therapy, solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), person-centered and Adlerian therapy. By drawing from these different perspectives and exploring what works best, Ray believes clients can better develop themselves, build healthier relationships with others, and improve their overall mental health.
In his available time, Ray unironically enjoys listening to 40’s music, watching B-level scary movies, reading Wikipedia, and has recently discovered a love of exercise. He has a membership to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and his favorite painter is William-Adolphe Bouguereau. He and his wife are excited to welcome their first child in 2021.