My name is Omar Geray. I have been working in the field of substance abuse and mental health since 2006, and specialize in treating clients with Co-Occurring Disorders. Prior to entering the MSW program at San Jose State University, I studied Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, and received my BA degree in 2005. I have a solid background in social theory, and I apply social theory as part of my clinical approach, thus increasing awareness of my client's perspective. As a multi-racial person that has grown up in the Bay Area, I place great emphasis on diversity, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, class/economic background, gender, generational differences, and the wonderful complexity of human beings.
I have built upon my theoretical foundation by gaining experience in direct client services; in 2006 I initiated my career at Paloma House, a 12 bed dual-diagnosis treatment facility in Watsonville, CA. Additionally, I interned at the Santa Cruz City Schools as well as the Santa Cruz County Mental Health Department, where I worked on the “Recovery Team.” After receiving my Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2008, I gained invaluable experience working with diverse populations at Momentum for Mental Health in San Jose, the VA Outpatient Clinic in San Jose, and at Santa Clara County Mental Health. I became licensed in 2014 and worked-with clients in a traditional office setting, as well as engaging youth and young adults in outdoor/adventure therapy.
I continue to keep abreast of contemporary evidence-based practices in substance abuse and mental health treatment, and utilize evidence-based practices rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). My empathetic approach, in which I actively listen to clients and reflect their goals, values, and struggles, fosters understanding and clarity.
I am continuously working towards my ongoing professional development, as well as that of my staff. I strive to foster an atmosphere of professionalism and excellence through ongoing education and training. I provide clinical supervision of unlicensed clinicians and interns as well.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) therapist, I am committed to collaborative relationships with clients to maximize their capacity for growth. The tools that I teach clients allows them to become more resilient to the many speed bumps and potholes that we encounter along life’s path.