Derek was awarded a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State in May 2019, though he has been practicing since 2016 when he received certification for treating clients suffering from Substance Use Disorders. Derek utilizes techniques that are in line with Reality Therapy, Existentialism, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Rational Emotion Behavioral Therapy to help adolescents and adults establish new routines and more adaptive thought patterns. Derek works hard with clients to transform existing coping mechanisms into healthier coping skills and grounding techniques to manage difficult emotions and stressors that come up in life. Derek also believes in providing psychoeducation to his clients to maintain healthier and happier lives beyond the therapy session.
His education and knowledge of the addiction field helps to create an open and friendly environment that is focused on recovery and learning the essential skills for sobriety. Derek's charismatic attitude and realistic approach to therapy, alongside his use of humor and unconditional positive regard, promotes a healthy and trustworthy relationship that has been an asset to his clients’ success. Derek enjoys working with both adolescents and adults in individual and/or group settings.