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Meet Patrick Scyphers, MA

How did I get into this career?

I have always loved to help others! But in my family, we say that working in mental healthcare is in our blood. My grandmother worked for Department of Social Services in Farifax County, Virginia, and my mother works for South Carolina Department of Mental Health currently. Growing up around strong women who cared for others professionally set me up for success hen it came to choosing a career. I started my educational journey as a culinary arts major and wanted to be a professional chef but quickly realized that it was a not a great fit for me. I also worked as an accountant for multiple agencies while I was in school for both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. I feel that I have worn many hats over the years to get to where I am now. Through my own therapeutic journey, I have learned how to enjoy self-care, cope with my own ADHD, and was given a safe space for growth and exploration. This is another reason that I love working with clients to offer a safe, judgement free space to explore and learn to cope with life’s difficulties.

 

What is my favorite thing about what I do?

I love to work with children, teenagers, and young adults because I want to be the therapist that I never had at those ages. I feel strongly that the connection and relationship in the therapy process is extremely important. I love fostering connections and learning about my clients, while giving support in as many aspects of their lives that I am able. The fact that each day brings something different is important as well. This excitement is something that allows me to continue to grow as a therapist and as a person.

 

What do I hope for my clients/patients?

I hope that my clients experience a comfortable, judgement free space that gives them the opportunity to express themselves and explore new aspects of their lives. This exploring, I hope, can lead to heightened insight and the ability to cope with what happens in everyday life. While some days can be harder than others, I always enjoy coming back in to help clients as much as I am able.

 

What do I like to do when I’m not at Work It Out Wellness?

Outside of counseling, I am on the Board of Directors for the performing arts nonprofit Reverie Performing Arts, LLC that provides two completive winter guards for local youth and young adults. I am also an instructor for our world-class group. When I am not instructing or in therapy, you can usually find me at home with my pup, Snickers, who I spend almost all of my free time with. I love traveling and cruises are my favorite form of transportation. I try to take a few cruises a year to reset when needed so that I am always fresh for my clients.

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