Nick Bivens, LCDC-1
Several years ago, I embarked on a journey that changed the trajectory of my life. While attending the University of Houston in pursuit of an engineering degree, I was given the opportunity to mentor teens at an adolescent substance abuse aftercare program. What began as a part time recovery coach job quickly formed into a lifelong pursuit of preparing teens for young adulthood and beyond. Engaging in this meaningful work led me to acquire a chemical dependency counselor certification (LCDC-I), which has allowed me to serve as a counseling intern since 2019.
As an avid outdoorsman, some of the most influential adventures I have facilitated involved introducing the youth to the great benefits and therapy nature has to offer. Whether mountain biking, hiking, or rock climbing, introducing at-risk youth to the wonders of nature has further embedded me into the important and life altering work that we offer. At Malaty Therapy, I have a leadership role in exposing our clients to fun, engaging, and therapeutic activities through our Adventure Learning Program. Through facing the joys and adversities of nature, I passionately believe that our clients can encounter life changing experiences that will carry them for years to come.
In looking at my primary motivations for embarking on these journeys, I often reflect on my own experiences that allow me to further connect with the youth I work with. As an adolescent, I myself struggled with substance abuse, and through the guidance and assistance of friends, counselors, and mentors, I have navigated obstacles and overcame hardships I never knew possible.
As a graduate computer science student, I appreciate the value of education, learning, and dedication. Through my educational experiences and adoration of the counseling profession, I hope to continue to expose our youth to the wonders of the outdoors, their limitless potentials, the great benefits of education, and, most of all, to the importance of positive influences and support systems.