Evoke Therapy Programs Coach
Justin works well with young adult and adolescent males struggling with screen addiction, nature deprivation, oppositional defiance, lacking motivation, anxiety and depression, and difficulty with life transitions. Justin believes that guiding young people to uncovering and recognizing their own innate strengths will lead them to discovering their passions and purpose, which is an integral part of increasing resilience.
Education and Prior Work Experience
Justin graduated with a Psychology degree from Flagler College and is now finishing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has more than 10 years experience developing creative therapeutic programming and direct care services for teens, adults, and their families in residential, wilderness, and nature-based therapy settings. He has experience as a guide, group facilitator, and counselor. In addition to his therapeutic work, Justin has spent more than eight years in Hawai’i as an interpretive naturalist guide creating meaningful experiences in nature for families from all over the world reconnecting with wilderness.
Justin brings wide-ranging clinical experiences with a trauma-informed, person-centered, mindfulness approach and believes each person is the expert on themselves. He believes that all people are passionate, purposeful, and able to create an enjoyable life and his enthusiasm and belief in clients naturally instills hope for the future. Justin has a gentle, stable, and safe presence that quickly builds trust and rapport, allowing clients to feel comfort in discomfort, and encouraging their own conviction that growth is possible.
Justin loves the outdoors and believes that the wilderness is not only good for you but essential for your well-being. He loves exploring Hawai’i from mauka to makai, from the mountains to the ocean. Most days off he can be found surfing with his three-year-old or hiking in the rainforest with his family. He enjoys studying Hawaiian culture, mo’olelo (story telling), bird-nerding, telling you what makes native plant species special, and playing guitar.