Darren W. Love's Early Career
Darren's first career started as a teenager and culminated as an award-winning graphic arts professional in 1982. He completed his liberal arts education in Ohio at The University of Findlay, being nominated as Founder's Son and Social Science Student of the Year in 1986 and finished his clinical training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Temple University in 1992.
He became a licensed counselor in 1997 after working five years for a psychiatric hospital earning multiple commendations while later joining a private practice. In 1999, he returned to Northwest Ohio and served as the director of an innovative therapeutic horseback riding center helping adults and children meet the challenges of serious physical and emotional disabilities through animal-assisted therapy. While there, Darren worked with a national advocacy group and noted regional researcher improving services and seeing the program earn the state's top service awards.
After spending the first ten years of his career working with some of the most devastated families in the community; families with children heading for hospital, prison, and foster care; the last decade has seen his work focus on building safer communities and helping others achieve the best for their lives. Darren also completed work on the grant, Sex Offenders & Significant Others: New Initiatives for Strengthening Families and the Community and coauthored, Responsible Choices Program: Effective Strategies for Safe and Effective Relationships.
Darren served as the mental health director in 2007 - 2008 for over 600 inmates at New Mexico's female correctional facilities and provided testimony on behalf of inmate mental healthcare before the New Mexico Legislature. Additional hearings resulted in a task force to implement and design effective solutions for the state's female inmate population.
More Recent Projects
Currently Darren is in private practice while managing treatment services and the counseling internship & clinical residency program for one of the state's regional community forensic psychiatry centers. His creative outlets include his after-hours life as a writer and blogging about parenting, relationships and how to live a more valued life.
With over 20 years experience as a helping professional, I've appeared on WTOL Channel 11, WTVG Channel 13, and K-100 Radio's newscasts and talk shows; has have shared my discoveries and experiences in scores of lectures, presentations, and workshops, and am now ready to bring that kind of dedication, insight, and passion to you.
More than anything, his clients want to feel energetic, and adventurous. They value their families, their relationships, and their own self-improvement, as well as their health and career. All the while having fun, being proactive, and giving license to their artistic side and that’s what his practice is all about.
Frustrated with their experiences at big-box style treatment centers and look alike private practices all delivering cookie-cutter care, Darren's clients want to be challenged to be bold, given choices, inspired, and respected for their own path. They love the fact that his services fulfill their need for expert advice, progressive ideas, stylish fun, and the sophisticated nurturing of their dreams. His clients prefer inspiration and freedom over fear and the status quo; they love to feel hopeful and motivated. His services give them exactly that.
As a contemporary and service-oriented counselor; He delivers a specific brand of individual, family, and relationship counseling. Darren's future plans are to offer parenting and relationship workshops and retreats in person at intimate settings around the southeastern shores of Lake Erie and as well as on the Web.
Cultivating -- When clients are thoroughly listened to and understood they will find they can believe in themselves, their dreams, accomplishments, and abilities. Clients will be supported to grow in the way they were meant to on their journey of life.
Transformative -- clients will experience concepts and feel them in the marrow of their bones not just think them inside their heads. Intellectual assent becomes desire coursing through their veins.
Adventure -- clients will be shown the tools and given the skills they need to embark on an exploration of their life.
Darren attacks the problem of a constricted life and its accompanying physical and psychological symptoms. Helping clients break through the fear and the status quo as well as challenging the current "feel happy" culture. Supporting his clients as they confront the possibility of unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and experiences rather than avoiding them and risk living a diminished life.
To never compromise on the service, experience, or expertise received.
Outrageous Service -- clients will be welcomed as dear and valued partners in my world.
Extraordinary Experience -- clients will enter a place designed to provoke, tantalize, and ignite their imagination.
Expertly Outfitted -- clients will be thoroughly prepared and equipped to turn those dreams into their life's journey.
His office is with Hamme & Associates, located at the corner of Douglas and Monroe in Toledo, Ohio.