-With Marcel Gamboa, Licensed Professional Counselor
Life Cycles Counseling
Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to be in a helping profession. I dedicated my late teenage years to volunteering and finding out how I could assist others. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at University of Kentucky, and my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Sam Houston State University.
I began working at a chronic pain clinic outside of Houston in 2002, helping clients reduce and manage their pain. At that time, I began to learn more about the mind-body connection. By teaching and practicing relaxation techniques, I reduced many clients' physical pain and discomfort, and ultimately improved their quality of life. While my professional journey took me elsewhere after a couple of years, I expanded my expertise on different stress management techniques.
For 11 years, I worked as a counselor at Texana Center, a public mental health center on the west side of Houston. At Texana, I had the privilege of helping a wide variety of populations, from kids to adults ranging from 5-75. With Life Cycles Counseling, I seek to continue to serve the community in the best way possible.
On a more personal note, I grew up in the country of Norway up until my late teens. With multicultural parents and friends from all over the world, I learned to speak Spanish, Russian, Italian, and of course, Norwegian. I met my wife while in graduate school, and luckily for me she also has a very curious and open mind. We have traveled to 20+ countries so far, and all over the United States. This experience has no doubt shaped my profession as a counselor; both in terms of differences (embracing and celebrating different lifestyles and cultures) and similarities (we ALL deserve respect, appreciation and love).
So why the name LIFE CYCLES? Everyone has ups and downs in life - cycles, if you will - and it's our adaptability to these events that determines our happiness. Sure, most people would consider getting married, having kids or buying a first house as positive events, while death or illness as negative events. However, for life events it's not IF, but WHEN we experience them.
If we can accept the unknown, let go of the things we can't control and think helpful thoughts, we can significantly improve our happiness. Finally, we all have capability of using our strengths, even if we don't always see them; perhaps it's our family, our spirituality or our humor. Counseling can help you put all the pieces together in the best functional way for you to be happy.