Thomas Butts, MSW, LSW

Thomas Butts

Thomas Butts, MSW, LSW is a Pennsylvania-licensed social worker with a Masters of Social Work degree from West Virginia University. He is also a commissioned officer in the Maryland Army National Guard.

Professional Background & Experience

I am a combat veteran with over 15 years of experience working in a variety of environments with men and women from diverse cultural backgrounds. I enlisted in the United States Army as a soldier in the Military Police Corps in 2000 with a strong desire to serve others and work toward establishing secure and safe communities. I attended night school as my military commitments allowed, and eventually earned a scholarship to McDaniel College in Maryland. In 2008, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I also received my commissions as an officer in the Medical Service Corps and continued to serve service members and their families by evaluating their physical and mental health conditions in order to link them with appropriate care services.

In 2011, I was deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. While overseas, I was accepted to graduate school at the Eberly School of Social Work at West Virginia University. At WVU, I focused my studies on the unique challenges presented to individuals and families in rural communities. I completed two internships at the community-based Veteran’s Center in Morgantown, WV, where I facilitated therapeutic groups for combat veterans and their families, and practiced individual psychotherapy. During this time, I also volunteered at a grief center where I counseled adolescents who were coping with the loss of a loved one. Additionally, I have spent considerable time working with children who struggle with emotional and behavioral health issues. My clinical focus consists of working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and relationship issues.

My approach to counseling is eclectic. I believe that no two people are the same and that one theoretical framework does not apply to all people. I believe in establishing a collaborative and genuine relationship with my clients and working with them to develop a psychological flexibility that enables them to live a fulfilling, purposeful, and value-based life. I am proud to serve my community in this immensely gratifying way.

Education & Training

  • Soldier in the Military Police Corps, United States Army
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, McDaniel College
  • Graduate School, Eberly School of Social Work, West Virginia University
  • Two Internships, Veteran’s Center, Morgantown, WV
  • Grief center volunteer
    • Facilitated therapeutic groups for combat veterans and their families
    • Counseled adolescents suffering from the loss of a loved one

Specialties

  • Counseling children struggling with emotional and behavioral health issues
  • Clinical focus on working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship issues

Personal Information

I look for balance in my life through physical activities such as hiking, running, and weightlifting, and relaxing endeavors like reading, practicing meditation, and spending quality time with my wife and family. I have a strong appreciation for the outdoors, and have incorporated wilderness activities into my personal philosophy for maintaining spiritual, emotional, and physical health.