Pathways Forensic & Mental Health Services has once again expanded its services offering a heartfelt welcome to our newest provider and member of our Pathways family, Mr. Joe R. Morales, MA, LPC of Lufkin, Texas. A well-seasoned Licensed Professional Counselor, Joe is no stranger to providing mental health services in areas throughout East Texas including to the Hispanic community. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Education at Delta State University in Mississippi, Joe went on to earn a Master of Arts in Community Counseling through Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Now, with over 25 years of experience, he has dedicated his career to working with individuals of all ages, addressing various mental health issues, and relationship challenges, and helping others facilitate their personal development goals. In reflecting on his professional journey, Joe referred to his work as a “privilege” that afforded him the opportunity to assist numerous individuals through agency services as well as through his private practice which he had for over 10 years.
When articulating his approach to counseling Joe emphasized his firm belief in the power of human connection and the potential for growth and healing. “My approach to counseling is rooted in empathy, compassion, and respect for each individual’s unique journey. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. By utilizing evidence-based techniques and drawing from my extensive experience, I aim to empower individuals to overcome challenges, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and achieve their personal goals.”
In addition to his professional endeavors, on a personal note, he speaks proudly of his teenage daughter and considers parenting his most important role. Further, he believes that role has so far been a key resource in helping him gain insight into the importance of empathy, patience, and understanding, all of which he applies when practicing as a counselor. For his leisure time, Joe strives to indulge in a variety of activities he considers relaxing and joyful. For example, he said, “I have a deep passion for reading and writing, as they allow me to explore different perspectives and expand my knowledge.” I enjoy traveling to gain exposure to new cultures and gain a broader understanding of the world.” He also added cooking and music to his list of pleasures in life. Joe described cooking as not only a creative outlet but also a way to express love and care for his family and friends, and he described music as one of his primary sources of inspiration and solace.