Joe Parker, LCDC
Joe Parker was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. After more moves than he can count he settled in Katy, TX with his mother and little sister. At age 14 after beginning his own recovery he realized his dream was to become a counselor in order to help other young people achieve their goals of a happy, healthy life free from debilitating addictions and self-destructive behaviors. Joe believes that one of the biggest keys to successful long term recovery lies in a relationship with a higher power expressed through connection with others. He still follows the same basic steps today after almost 20 years of recovery as he did with 30 days sober; God, Sponsor, Steps, Meetings, Service.
After Awakening from Cornerstone Recovery in 2000 at the age of 17 and graduating high school Joe began attending classes at Texas Tech. At the time of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center he felt compelled to serve our country by enlisting in the Marine Corps. Following 8 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including tours in the Republic of Georgia and active duty in Iraq in 2004-2005 as a machine gunner; Joe graduated from Texas Tech University in May 2008 with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, and a minor in Substance Abuse Studies. During this time he spent several years (2005-2008) working in residential treatment centers across Texas before being honorably discharged from the Marines in November 2010. The following year he rejoined Cornerstone Recovery and participated on two of the Adventure Wilderness Trips which helped him overcome challenges and grief over the loss of friends during active duty.
Joe currently works as the primary counselor for Cornerstone of Houston Team Counseling program in the Sugarland and greater Houston areas. Joe’s work is more than a job, he says it’s a calling and his passion. He has witnessed the success of Cornerstone’s Alternative Peer Group method first hand, and says its value cannot be overstated. Positive peer support is what youth live and breathe by, and the daily example set by peers speak the loudest; and with the parent group as the backbone of the program, he feels his role is to lead by example and illuminate the path. Joe loves going to work each day.
Joe is an “in the trenches” type of counselor who deals with all aspects of substance abuse choosing to focus on a “whole person” method of treatment. He’s well-versed in what is needed in a crisis and has helped numerous families in facilitating interventions. He leads a weekly interactive group therapy session for parents where he facilitates open, honest, direct communication on all parenting topics especially as they relate to teens and destructive behaviors. He also provides individual counseling for both teens and parents, as well as family counseling in order to deal with all of the issues that may either be leading to or stemming from a substance abuse issue. He puts his all into getting at the heart of the matter so as to begin the healing in the mind, body, and spirit.
Joe provides services to Central Houston including Bellaire/West University as well as the Fort Bend/Sugarland area.
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