Born and raised in Indiana (except for a 10 year stint in Chicago.) Tom got a B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University where he also learned how addictive substances could become costly self-medicating tools for intense anxiety. After 14 years of substance abuse and hiding from trauma, Tom got enough wake-up calls to do something else.
He worked individually and in group settings to learn new tools to address life without substances and returned to school to get a Masters in Counseling from Ball State. The past 10 years have been spent addressing co-occurring disorders in the Community Mental Health setting working for Hamilton Center and Cummins Behavioral Health. Primarily, his work has focused on working with adults in trauma and addictions recovery. Tom wants to help everyone know they are just as valuable and worth taking care of as anyone, and as adults it is their job to do it.