About Me

Torey Richards, LMHC

156155_4060242265559_829699642_nHi, thanks for taking the time to get to know me!

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida and behavior scientist currently specializing in mental disorders and adolescent mental health.

I’m a Certified E-Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Interns in the state of Florida.

I received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2002, and a M.S. in counseling & psychology from Troy State University in 2007.

I spent a year working in both an inpatient and outpatient substance abuse facility and three years working in a crisis unit at a psychiatric hospital conducting psychological assessments.

I then spent four years working at an inner-city high school helping teenagers with anger management, substance abuse, anxiety, depression and other issues.

Currently I serve as the Director of Mental Health at a county jail overseeing the mental health department which includes monitoring inmates mental health, suicide prevention and advocating for inmates with severe mental ilnesses.

I also serve as the CEO of Embracing Your Inner Power, LLC (www.embracingyourinnerpower.org) working mostly with adolescents and adults with various life problems as well as producing psycho-educational material.

My theoretical orientation is eclectic with strong influences from cognitive behavioral, existential, rational emotive behavioral, motivational interviewing, positive psychology and acceptance & commitment therapy.

I am an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction books. I also enjoy working out, writing, photography and drawing in my spare time.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you will participate in the discussions.


24 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I was wondering , since you work with kids, what you could tell me about Pediatric Bipolar Disorder NOS.Can you write about this? I am sorry to invade on your inspirations for your articals. I am just new to this and looking for any help I can get. Mostly about how to deal with behaviors with a child like this.

      1. Awesome thank you very much, is there a way I could email you some questions? I want to pick your brain on working with adolescent’s and substance abuse, self harm and depression.

  2. just wanted to say from what i’ve read so far, i appreciate the thought and care that you obviously put into what you are writing. i also imagine that it takes a lot of shoring up in your personal life to continue to be effective and encouraged in the work that you do. but i also imagine that you have an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives that you encounter. i have a must be god-given love of teenagers though i’ve only worked with them in a church ministry capacity, and in a world where what they face seems so much harder and sooner than in my own past, i take every opportunity i can to love on them a little.

    1. Thank you and thank you for what you do as well! Trust me, in ministry, in any capacity these kids can be shown love, compassion and guidance, they appreciate it and will benefit and grow from it. Some of the best therapy I have ever done has come in the form of general conversation, listening, removing professional boundaries and just being there for them. It doesn’t take a degree to do that, but the type of heart and compassion you are talking about and obviously have.

      1. i hope so. and i’m sorry i didn’t see your name to use it. but maybe you need a level of anonymity. i appreciate your encouragement. my dad just celebrated his 70th and so many of the men who were teens when he was a young adult remembered most his willingness to have a real conversation with them and value their input and opinions, even as kids. i was struck by that. i grew up with parents who welcomed a host of young people with a beautiful combo of personal boundaries and acceptance. a tremendous ability to love the person without condoning negative behavior. anyway, i’m going on, but again.i appreciate the encouragement! 🙂 -kris

      1. It is my pleasure. I think it’s up to us to reward, even if it is a mere thank you, to those like you, who serve society. Your work is most certainly important and definitely appreciated. Keep up the good work.

  3. I am not a health care professional, but came across this and am in desperate need to find a book or resource that can help me live and deal with a spouse that fits this description. Thank you so much.

  4. Hello,
    I recently commented on a blog you did in 2013 on teenagers dating older men. I left my full name when posting which was not very smart. Is there a way to edit my last name off the post. Please let me know.
    Thank you,

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