What does Cedar Serenity mean? Roy was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. "The land of the Cedar trees" is known to be strong, graceful, and spreading wide. Serenity is described as the state of being calm, peaceful, and achieving a positive state of mind.
In creating Cedar Serenity, Roy aims to help individuals and their families to overcome challenges and to facilitate personal growth the process of therapy. Now living in Minnesota, Roy is proud to be a Lebanese and is a huge supporter of everything that promotes mental wellness, peace, and co-existence.
Roy studied at the ESA Business school in Beirut, where he earned his Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in management from ESCP-EAP in Paris.
After a period in banking, sales and marketing in Lebanon, Roy focused on his true passion: counseling. Roy's deep commitment to personal development and a keen interest in psychology and how the brain works made Roy a natural for the world of therapy .
Roy moved to the United States where he earned his Master’s in addiction counseling from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies and his post-Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler Graduate School in Minnesota. He is a life-long learner and enjoys teaching subjects such as Motivational Interviewing (MI) an evidenced-based approach for eliciting behaviour change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence.
Roy has therapy and counseling experience with a wide range of clients in a variety of treatment settings. He strives to bring an effective blend of experience, expertise, clarity, concern, and action to the counseling process to maximize outcomes and provide genuine healing and wholeness to individuals and their families. Areas of emphasis include addiction, co-occurring disorders, anger management, relationships, behavioral issues, codependency, major life transitions, stress, self-esteem, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
In his practice working with clients, Roy has been using evidence-based therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Psycho-education, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). He is intimately familiar with the 12-Step work, as well as other support structures in treating addiction. He has assisted hundreds of clients in achieving abstinence from mood alterning substances, reuniting families, and recovering from the impact of substance use disorders and self-destructive behaviors.
His approach is warm, accepting, empathetic, and client-centered. Roy speaks Arabic and French fluently. Roy has received the Gerald Garrett International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE) Student Scholarship Award in 2018.