Introducing Christian Lamb, LCSW

Christian is a clinician, and former U.S. military special forces operator and a former military counselor with the Veteran's Administration.

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Credentials

Education

M.A. University of Central Florida, Florida,  Social Work 2010.

B.A. University of Central Florida, Florida,  certificate in addictions and a minor in psychology, 2009 (Summa Cum Laude)

Licenses

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Florida: #SW12945 (until 3/31/2023)
Arizona: #LCSW-19338

Evidence-based Models

Advanced Training in the Gottman Method

Additional Certifications & Trainings

Motivational Interviewing

Work Summary

I have been an athlete in the past, and excelled in the U.S. military special forces. I have sought out intensity through martial arts.

I believe anyone could have accomplished these things. It's a deeply held belief. I do my best to show people that all of us can recover and excel in any situation. The aim is to move through challenges, becoming even better than before , and facing into one's responsibilities. 

I worked at the Public Defender’s Office for 3 years counseling people within the criminal justice system.  I've also worked at the Department of Veteran Affairs for over 8 years.  I've worked with veterans struggling with mental health and substance use issues and also homeless Vets in a residential treatment setting and in the criminal justice system.  

You need to be compassionate and empathetic but also be an honorable person when working in these settings. So many have lost their sense of direction and grace. It also requires a certain level of optimism, self-awareness and strength. These qualities are a map and a compass that help me navigate my own personal and professional life.  

In these former jobs, I had numerous fantastic mentors that helped me hone my clinical skills. They inspired me to always look to improve my approaches to best help others.  They all had a genuine care for clients and a desire to be the best they could be.

I also find my relationship with clients goes both ways: I work to inspire my clients and my clients are also inspiring to me. Every client is unique and needs different tools and custom approaches to truly heal.  My strategy has always been to learn the most effective theories and skills for helping couples by becoming certified in these methods. I also aim to connect on a deeper level with my client’s pain and needs.  

Personally Speaking

I'm very determined. I’ve often done my best to be a hero in my own life. It’s a double edged sword. It gives me the drive to become the best I can be, but at the same time I've had to learn how to set healthy limits. I am still driven, but have much healthier boundaries.

My birth mom and dad struggled in their marriage and divorced when I was just a boy. It negatively impacted my family, and has stuck with me into adulthood. I learned that divorce struggles send ripples through a family affecting everyone and everything.

This might be why I place such a tremendous importance on cherishing my own wife and learning all I can about building a healthy relationship. My marriage has been the most important relationship in my life.  It has brought me enormous joy and growth like nothing else. We’ve created our own beautiful family with our amazing school-aged son.  

We've learned how to communicate respectfully, connect with empathy and build intimacy through sharing vulnerabilities.  As a result, we have such a peaceful and joy filled life. 

Hobbies

I have four major hobbies: I love to train in martial arts;  play disc golf; listen to electronic music and play video games with my son.  

My top favorite hobbies are martial arts and video games with my son. My favorite martial art has been Muay Thai and it is known as the art of 8 limbs, because you strike with your shins, knees, fists and elbows. Injuries in martial arts, however, are hard to accept and more difficult to recover from as I age.  

Historically, my favorite video game has been the Legend of Zelda.  I completed this game back around 1988. Thirty-three years later my 7 year old son just completed the latest release of the Legend of Zelda!

In addition to playing video games with my son, we watch cartoons, disc golf and play on the playgrounds and beaches of Hawaii.

Practice Values

I enjoy working with all couples and I especially am passionate about helping couples that are struggling with betrayal in any form:  whether that betrayal is from an affair, lack of transparency, long term turning away from each other or trauma from substance use, what I enjoy is giving these couples hope through offering them a structured path toward deeper and more meaningful trust, which they often don’t feel is possible.  

I love to help couples work through some of the most challenging issues such as affairs and addictions.  

I can seem reserved as a therapist, and perhaps too quiet sometimes. I come across as calm, patient and kind. I've learned that if I am quiet, truly quiet inside and out, and listen to people in this way then I can be of better service. I can really hear what clients are saying and feeling and better understand them.

Home Office

I live on the Big Island of Hawaii and I feel incredibly grateful to be able to work out of my home here in such an amazingly beautiful place.  

Because I'm now restricting myself to online work,  I do have a slight obsession with having the best audio and video equipment.

I have the best 4k webcam, professional lighting, a high quality microphone and ear buds in order to create the best telehealth experience for clients and myself.  

My practice is 100% online. I have found that online couples therapy is extremely effective for helping couples heal.  

Not only are you able to enjoy counseling in the comfort of your own home, I’ve also found that technology can offer a high quality image and audio that makes if feel very personal and connected.  

Also sharing documents, images and videos can be seamless with telehealth platforms since everything is only a click away and can be shared instantly with clients.

Again not for everybody, but can be quite a connected and edifying experience.  

I look forward to working with you.