Mr. Paul Malvarosa

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Long Island University, 2013
SC License #6606

What made you decide to become a counselor?

Throughout my undergraduate education, I had always gravitated toward the clinical aspects of Psychology. This lead to obtaining my masters in Mental Health Counseling and further becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Becoming a therapist was another way I could serve a warrior population. I believe that many of us have an innate warrior-spark that often goes un-nurtured in this day and age. In calling upon and exploring cherished values such as courage, strength, and understanding we increase our self awareness. We learn to accept that we have limitations. We are able rekindle the fire of motivation to adapt and overcome, in order to further our personal growth.

How would you describe what therapy looks like in your office?

I often compare therapy to going to the gym. It can be a little intimidating at first, but your personal trainer (therapist) works with you to create a positive environment for personal growth. We can see parallels between the physical experience and the emotional. We choose to do the heavy lifting and perhaps can be a little sore the days following, but soon we are able to recognize personal gains and accomplishment.

Do you have a particular theory or type of treatment you use?

I do not use one theory in practice. I believe that the therapist should be more of a multi-tool, capable of customizing treatment to reach the patient with in their scope. I tend to use an eclectic mix of CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, person-centered, and holistic approaches to increase our awareness of the human experience.

Tell us a little about your life away from work?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and two dogs. We try to spend as much time as possible together outdoors. I enjoy many hobbies such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, playing the guitar, rifle/pistol-craft, studying military history, hiking, reading, metal-working, playing video games, and watching movies.

If you could be any animal what would you be and why?

I would choose to be a dog, preferably a German Shepherd. Dogs have many honorable characteristics such as courage, loyalty, and one of the largest capacities for love.