Randy Cook MS LPCC-S LICDC-CS
B.S. Biology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Post-Masters Clinical Endorsement Program, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
My counseling career has included experience in working with adults, adolescents, couples, and groups in a variety of settings. I have worked in community mental health, residential and day treatment programs, employee assistance programs, and agencies that specialize in substance abuse, sexual behavior problems, sexual assaults, and crisis intervention. Further, I have several years of counseling experience in working with the LGBTQ community.
My background and professional interests includes addictions, relationship problems, abuse/trauma, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ concerns, and HIV/AIDS. In these specific areas, I have worked with people of different races, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and spiritual beliefs.
Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to understanding and respecting the diverse qualities of the people who have sought counseling. My strong desire to work in a university setting is influenced by the determination to help students achieve success by building on their strengths. I believe a student's success can be achieved by providing the psychological support and tools needed in order to gain academic, emotional, and relational fulfillment.
Approach to Therapy
My professional training has included both short term and longer term counseling approaches that have roots in depth understanding of people's lives. My approach to therapy is grounded in the basic principles of treating people with respect, acceptance, no judgment, and within an atmosphere of trust. I incorporate these principles into my work while also appreciating the complexity of human nature and a belief that change and growth are possible. Not only do I apply these values, but also my responsibility extends to providing the person with a solid framework and understanding in which issues can be safely explored and positive outcomes achieved. My professional training and development has primarily included psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches, including mindfulness and motivational interviewing.
Approach to Wellness
I believe wellness develops when we cultivate awareness and explore choices that promote resources to tackle everyday stressors. My approach to wellness incorporates a whole picture of the person, including the emotional, physical, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of a person. All of these components are inter-related and if we enhance one area, we can also positively impact another area. I encourage people to take an inventory of these aspects of their lives and create an individualized wellness plan that leads to an increased sense of control, self worth, and purpose.
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Clinical Supervisor in the State of Ohio. I am a member of the American Counseling Association; The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling; The Ohio Counseling Association; and The Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association. I enjoy running, meditation, movies, and the arts.