With more than 10 years of experience in the mental health field, Max utilizes his knowledge and experience to help patients navigate the complexities of seeking treatment. Whether from his work in the community as a case manager, an assessment specialist, or as a therapist, Max uses his clinical skills to find the most accessible and effective ways to help people succeed in reaching their treatment goals.
Born and raised in the Texas border city of El Paso, Max has a strong personal understanding of the cultural complexities found within Latino populations and is fluent in both English and Spanish. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Texas – Austin, Max completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps State member, helping underprivileged high school seniors gain acceptance and prepare for college. Max continued his career as a community case manager for Travis County’s Mental Health Authority, where he served people in need of increased mental health services. After four years in this line of work, he went on to further his capacity of serving this population by getting his master’s degree from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. As a licensed social worker, he worked as an intake specialist for a mental health hospital and later became the adolescent therapist for their partial hospitalization program. Since then, Max has furthered his commitment to serving the community as the medical case manager and now as one of St. Hope Foundation’s valued clinically licensed mental health therapists.
Max has committed his career to effectively serving people from all walks of life. No matter a person’s personal, spiritual, or social beliefs, or whether a person’s values are traditional or non-conforming; regardless of their gender, race, sexuality, or economic background, Max is committed to ensure each person gets the best treatment suited to the individual. He prides himself as a compassionate, accepting professional who utilizes innovative and creative interventions to help his patients feel supported and validated in their most vulnerable and stressful times. It is because of this, Max has adopted a dynamic person-centered approach, utilizing motivational interviewing and trauma informed care techniques so that each patient may excel at their desired pace.
Whether a patient is having difficulty overcoming the daily struggles that come with depression, anxiety, or maintaining interpersonal relationships, Max is committed to using innovative, evidence-based practices such as brief targeted interventions to ensure treatment will be effective, efficient, and aimed to help people reach their own personalized goals. Such treatment approaches include acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), narrative therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy, to name a few. Max believes in treating people first — not a diagnosis or a label. His cultural sensitivity and empathy for a person’s individual and unique experiences are highlighted in his approach to treatment that is helpful no matter the circumstance or difficulty in overcoming the obstacles that life brings.