“I thought I was going to be a pastor”. Then at school the spiritual knowledge began to merge with the clinical knowledge and the possibilities seemed endless. Randy had always felt the Divine pull to nurture people, to see people well and to see people be well. As schooling went on, the clinical side started to really put some grit into being able to help people heal. He wants to be a present, meaningful companion through the pain and the process. This mindset also carried him through a difficult time of chronic illness that his wife was enduring. His greatest achievements aren’t the degrees on the wall, although with two learning disabilities they were no small feat, but it was being a good, loving husband during a time that he couldn’t “fix it”. During the interview, Randy was asked if he could switch jobs with anyone in time…who would it be? His response? “No one, I am happy where I am.” That doesn’t mean it doesn’t take a strong cup of coffee enjoyed in his armchair to start his day – the must do prerequisite before all of the people-ing. Randy’s favorite moment with his client? The a-ha moment, the breakthrough moment and the realization of the freedom on the other side. His personal motto? “It’s ok” – “I’m good enough” – “And even still, I am loved”.
When not in session working with people, Randy enjoys working with his hands. Woodworking and leather work are his hobbies. Next time you are in his office – guess what he handmade in there! Downtime with his wife Abby and their two golden doodles, Apollo and Athena, is probably, no definitely going to involve Netflix and CARBS.And an undying hope that those carbs start and end with Cinnabon.
To be a therapist you would think one would need a good sense of humor. So, we leave you with one final thought from Randy. A quote from one of his favorite TV shows.
In the magical words of Ron Swanson – “You had me at meat tornado”.