My skill set, knowledge, and experience allows me to program, facilitate, and understand opportunities of growth for others in a way that makes my clients feel understood, listened to, and cared for.
Hi, I’m Jonathan Ugalde. Originally from Johnstown, NY (a small town nearby Saratoga & Albany) I have learned that life holds an immeasurable amount of lessons to be learned through our experience and interactions with others. My journey leading to Brother’ Keeper involved many years of showing empathy and appreciation for youth through youth ministry programming at local churches and summer camp work while attending Alfred University in Alfred, NY (1 ½ hours from Bradford, PA and Rochester, NY) for my Bachelors in Counseling/Clinical Psychology with minors in Theatre and Music which was immediately followed by studying for my Masters in Mental Health Counseling with a Certificate of Advanced Study from the same institution while earning my National Counselor Certification (NCC).
My counseling experiences from these programs and following have involved interning at a halfway house, outpatient substance abuse clinic, and a multi-systemic therapy program in Upstate New York before moving to Virginia in 2015 to take on the role of Field Therapist at Blackwater Outdoor Experiences a 22 Day Therapeutic Wilderness Therapy program in Midlothian, VA. After a little over two years at Blackwater Outdoor Experiences I took on the challenge of Intensive In Home/Mental Health Skill Building Services as a community based counselor before coming to Brothers’ Keeper as a Clinician (February 2018). In November 2018 I began also contracting with Empowering Youth for Positive Change as a Clinical Supervisor and Assessor.
From November 2016 I had been a Resident in Counseling in the Commonwealth of Virginia under licensure supervision of Anthony M. Lea, LPC, LMFT, LSATP, CSAC (804-864-2660). As of March 2019 I received my license as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) from the Virginia Board of Counseling.
Beyond the realm of counseling my work has been reinforced and fed by my experiences in becoming an Eagle Scout, volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician, always trying to find new programming that can be of use to others, and working on passion projects. Such projects include:
- Coordinating Professional Group “Experiential Therapy RVA” – a professional group for mental health professionals who are interested in using action and experiential counseling techniques with clients to promote growth
- Supporting and assisting in the creation of therapeutic summer camp programming in the local community
- Teaching other professionals and individuals in the community through speaking and conducting workshops for groups like the Family Education Program at Northstar Community.