College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Richard's youth was spent with nomadic parents who exposed me to many different cultures and faiths throughout his childhood. There was never one singular voice that he heard saying this is the right way to be, think, or live – instead there were many. He was also encouraged to raise his voice and lend his voice for issues in which he believed.
Richard has been a LPC since 1996 and a Counselor Educator since 2002. In this time, he have sought to use his training and experience, both as a gay man and a helping professional, to become an intentional advocate for LGBT persons. He creates safe spaces for young gay people to interact and a safe office for LGBT persons to expose their issues. In addition, he seeks to educate future counselors and challenge existing homophobia where he finds it. He recognizes that each individual travels the journey of embracing a healthy gay identity, but has sought to facilitate the process through genuine caring, reduction of isolation, and information offered for consideration.
Outside of work, He has a wonderful family. He and his partner, James, of more than 20 years have a wonderful home and fine animals who enrich our lives daily. They have 2 nephews and a niece that help us stay young and family that are there for us whenever they need them.