I have offered to write this letter of recommendation for Kevin Roberts because I feel very strongly about the impact he has had on the life of my son, Ryan.
When my son was in sixth grade, he began to experience intense anxiety which progressed to a point where he was having difficulty functioning at home and at school, was having suicidal thoughts, and was experiencing full blown panic attacks. I have had extensive background in psychology and the social sciences, and had taught parenting classes for the County Substance Abuse Information Center for several years. Due to my background, I had access to information regarding the best psychiatric and psychotherapeutic services available in my area. Despite these internal and external resources, over the next year and a half, we were only able to moderately mitigate Ryan’s distress with psychotherapy and the use of medication.
Ryan and Kevin became close during Ryan’s eighth grade year. Kevin literally took Ryan under his wing, and cultivated a happy, more socially competent, and self assured person. Over the next year, I watched my son transform in ways which I had not believed possible; Kevin was able to achieve what I as a parent could not, even with the support of the best mental health services available. Kevin continues to impress me with his insight into my son; he is able to identify and clarify for me the issues underlying difficulties I experience with Ryan; with Kevin’s insight, I find I am able to more patiently and effectively work with Ryan.
Within a year of Ryan’s relationship with Kevin, Ryan has been taken off of antidepressants and has been discharged from the services of both his psychiatrist and psychologist. Both doctors are obviously very impressed with Ryan’s progress, and the psychologist has reiterated for me how fortunate we are to have come into contact with Kevin. I know Ryan’s life has been forever changed, and I will be forever grateful.
If I can provide you with further information or answer any questions, Kevin will put us into contact with each other.