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Walter DeRouen

Mental Health Therapist

Counseling and Psychological Services
Student Affairs

Walter DeRouen

Mental Health Therapist

Counseling and Psychological Services
Student Affairs

Bio

Greetings! My name is Walter DeRouen Jr. and I am a therapist with the Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) at RIT. I am also an embedded therapist with the College of Engineering.  

I am a Rochester native, growing up and currently living in the 19th ward of the city. I am a graduate of the Greater Rochester Collaborative Social Work program through SUNY Brockport and Nazareth colleges. I earned my LCSW-R credentials working as a community mental health therapist with the University of Rochester and Rochester Regional Health systems. I have over over 15 years experience providing counseling and therapy  services to primarily young adult and adult populations.

I pursued social work as a second career after 20 years as a CNC machinist in the manufacturing sector. I was drawn into the helping field later in life because it aligned with my personal spiritual values which evolved and strengthened as I matured.

I identify as a heterosexual, Black male though I am biracial with African American and White parents. I am primary care giver to a parent in their 90's, a father, and a grandfather.

In my spare time I can be found riding my Harley, playing golf, volunteering in the spiritual / recovery communities, traveling (love Caribbean cruises) and spending time with my grandson.