• HOPE Counseling

Q&A with HOPE Therapist Trainee, Desmond Harvey

Q: What is your name & job title/license/certifications?     

A:  Desmond Harvey, Marriage and Family Therapist, Trainee.

Q: What type of therapy do you specialize in?

A: I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and incorporate other cognitive models such as CT, DBT & ACT. I feel a person’s thoughts are very impactful on the way that person feels and behaves.  

Q: What inspired you to become a therapist?

A: I have always had a passion for helping others, however, I was in the trucking industry, and was not feeling fulfilled and thought there must be more to life. I decided on going back to school but was unsure on what to do.  While signing up for school and going over the degree programs I came across the counseling psychology, which after much research, was perfectly suited to what I needed to do. 

Q: What is the most rewarding part of being a therapist?

A:  Seeing a client who when they first came to therapy has been having great difficulties maintaining an effective life, then the client tells you the great impact you have made in his/her life, and you also see the change and growth happening before your eyes; it is very humbling.  Additionally, I have personally grown immensely resulting from seeing clients.  

Q:  What is a common quote or piece of advice you like to give to clients? 

A:  "Nothing changes if nothing changes."

Q:  What do you know now that you didn't know when you started your career as a therapist?

A:  That being a good listener would be so vital to the therapeutic process.

Q: What is the biggest myth or misconception about therapy?

A:  That only weak people or people with serious issues seek therapy.

Q: What are your favorite mental health books and/or resources you like to recommend to clients?

A:  Clients who have been adopted and having attachment issues: 

“The primal wound” by Nancy Newton Verrier. 

Clients who find it difficult to accept themselves and be vulnerable and constantly                    chasing the image of who they are trying to be:

“The gift of imperfection” by Brenè Brown. 

Read Desmond's full professional bio here.










23 views0 comments

Sacramento Office

1430 Alhambra Blvd., Suite 200

Sacramento, CA  95816

Roseville Office

1528 Eureka Road, Suite 101

Roseville, CA  95661

HOPE is a 501(c)3 non-profit counseling center