Timothy Mayer graduated from The University of Pittsburg and obtained his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has worked full time in the addiction treatment and mental health field for over twenty years as a hands-on field professional, counselor, clinical director, and administrator. His earlier employers include Homeward Bound (a fully accredited Outward Bound Program for the State of Massachusetts Department of Youth Services), Lawnwood Pavilion (where he managed the Impairment Professional Program), and several local addiction treatment and mental health agencies. Tim understands that rehabilitation is a collaborative effort that requires patience, determination, and empathy. Tim loves what he does, and it shows. His approach focuses on experiential learning, twelve-step group facilitation, acceptance and commitment therapy, and the integration of the twelve-step approach with third-wave therapies.
Tim has spent a lifetime learning his craft, starting as a wilderness counselor and Outward Bound instructor in Massachusetts. In this role, he led his troops safely through physically demanding hikes through challenging terrain at the mercy of the elements, to help create an experience that developed students’ self-esteem, character, and life experience. He was the first to develop and implement a ropes training course at the facility, fostering cooperation, group initiative, and trust-building.
Other highlights include being a Gubernatorial Appointee under Governor Charlie Christ to the Florida Statewide Advocacy Council and serving as its chair for nine months. Tim has extensive forensic experience, having served as the liaison and forensic specialist for several programs and appearing in court under Florida’s Marchman Act and Baker Act on behalf of clients and families. Tim is an expert witness in the Florida court system, and as a therapist, he is genuine, open, encouraging, and direct.
He considers himself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and a sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling. He draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored plan for each individual and situation.
Tim has one published work, “Medical System Rant and Response of a Substance Abuse Counselor,” published in World Medical and Health Policy, Vol 8, Issue 3.
Tim loves to spend time outdoors with his wife, Annie, a Graphic Artist, and their two dogs Milo and Max. When he’s not in the woods, he’s in his garden growing Peppers and Tomatoes.