By Mary McPhail Gray
The most important variable in successful clinical work is a meaningful relationship between a client and the therapist. The most successful therapists are often those with rich varied life experiences—giving them insights and comfortableness with a variety of human challenges. An outstanding example of such a clinician is our “calm Dad” at TBH—David Martin.
“I am deeply impressed by the attachments that develop between youth and the staff in our work at TBH” comments Martin. “I think I provide a sense of safety to youth who have experienced frightening and stressful events in their lives. By nature, I am calm and reliable, and I think the youth sense that.”
Martin says that he knows he was fortunate to have a strong family foundation. Even though his father was conservative and Germanic, he saw that Martin’s vagabond spirit also included a deep sense of commitment and work ethic. “Whatever I started—I gave it my all and wanted to learn everything to be successful at it” stated Martin. His curiosity and interest in outdoor adventure led him to expedition leadership positions with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLES). [Read more…] about A “Calm Natured Dad” for TBH Clients