MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
More About Gerrie
Gerrie is originally from the State of Florida, by whom he is licensed as a Mental Health Counsellor ( No. 11240). In 2013, Gerrie established Phuket Mental Health Counselling, in the province of Phuket, Thailand, to provide western oriented mental health counselling services to the region’s expat community. In the past five years, Gerrie has provided counselling services to clients from 27 different countries and range in age from 6 to 75 years old. Gerrie also works with the international schools in Phuket providing in-school counselling for students who require services beyond the scope of the school counsellor.
In Orlando Florida, Gerrie Kalaidjian was a counsellor for The Center for Drug Free Living, a federal/state and locally funded organization that provided a wide array of counselling services to the Orlando/Orange County community. The focus of much of the counselling, especially in the schools, was “prevention” working with the schools in identifying at risk students and providing counselling to those students and to their parents. He also was a counsellor/facilitator for “Back on Track” a group counselling program that provided a five week drug/alcohol psychological/education program for students aged 12-18 who had been caught on school grounds using or in possession of substances. This program provided an honest assessment of the student’s use, the myths and facts of drug use related to physical and mental health, and a plan for stop using.
Gerrie received his Master in Counseling from Rollins College in Winter Park Florida and his MBA from Boston University
In working with adults and youths for the past 15 years, Gerrie has learned that drug and alcohol related problems are often accompanied by untreated mental health issues. He has worked to help clients who have established goals of abstinence to understand the underlying reasons that may have contributed to their original decision to experiment with substances. Developing this understanding is a crucial component to the client being able to move forward and stick to the client being able to move forward and stick to their goals.