John Varsam is a therapist who works primarily in the Career and Academic Services Department. In that role, he provides counseling to patients in the professionals’ track.
He also works with young adult patients providing academic services and support. In addition, he facilitates the gambling and gaming group and is part of the dialectical behavioral therapy consultation team. “The passion I have for the lifesaving work that is done at Caron Renaissance has been driven by the hope I’ve seen through my own family's battle with addiction and recovery.”
He began working at Caron Renaissance in 2016 as a counselor assistant. “Starting at Caron in the role of a counselor assistant was an important step for my professional development as a clinician. It has allowed me to connect with patients on a different level and establish trust. Additionally, I get great guidance and support from my supervisor and colleagues as well as an opportunity to be autonomous in order to fulfill my responsibilities.”
During his graduate program, John interned at a group therapy practice providing individual therapy, which gave him valuable experience in seeing the progress patients made and a deeper understanding of residential treatment. As a therapist in middle and high schools, he facilitated groups for students who are primary caregivers for a family member.
He has worked in the mental health field in some form since he was in high school, where he was a member of a peer support group and then volunteered doing peer-to-peer support at a retreat house. Those experiences led him to major in psychology and continue on to get his master’s degree in social work.