Damien Robinson


Men's Program Manager

As an impressionable young child, I had no choice. I could only watch in horror as various members within my family of origin lost their health, their lives, to an anguish I couldn’t yet understand. The pain of what I experienced taught me a compassion for others I might not have learned any other way. It seeped into my heart to stay. Even when I left home, active duty within the US Navy and US Army continued to be a powerful teaching tool for how addiction and the effects of untreated mental illness changes lives.

Since 2002, I have served others struggling with the pain of addiction and various forms of mental illness. From developing and establishing new abuse and mental health treatment programs; private counseling for families, women, men, and children; to being director of development for treatment centers, my career has allowed me the opportunity to participate in improving the health of those who have struggled and have sought out my guidance.

My first mental health position in 2002 as a Tech for the US Army opened the door for my next role after the Army as a Mental Health Technician in San Antonio at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center in 2006. From 2007-2012, I transitioned to Business Development, serving others as a Military Liaison for Laurel Ridge. After graduating in 2012 from Webster University at Lackland Air Force Base with an MA in Counseling, I was recruited in 2013 to create an exclusive Military Substance Abuse Treatment Program for Rock Springs Hospital in Austin, then for Springstone, their parent company. At Rock Springs Hospital, I became COO and Director of Business Development. When I received my LPC license in 2015, I made the decision to transition from business development back into what had originally called me to the mental health profession. I transitioned to the clinical side once again in 2017, working as a Substance Abuse Counselor for women at The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, then as Men’s Program Manager.

My career has given me powerful opportunities to help those in the throes of addiction and mental illness. The environments I have worked within have embraced compassion and ethical standards in order to provide quality healthcare.

I couldn’t help as a child. I had no choice. But I can help now.