Charles Lucas MSW, LCSW
Owner of Lucas Counseling Group
Hi, my name is Charlie Lucas, and I am a therapist and founder of Lucas Counseling Group. When I opened our practice in 2015, one of my missions was to obliterate the mental health stigma by straying away from the stale clinical setting and challenging the stereotypes that many people assign to therapists.
Many of our clients have expressed how relieved they felt after the first meeting. We often hear people say: “well, that wasn’t what I expected.” Our culture at Lucas Counseling Group is a judgment-free zone built on acceptance, authenticity, respect, growth, fun, and accountability. Our clients often talk about how easy it is to feel comfortable in our office.
Why did you become a therapist?
I found my true calling to be a therapist during my battle with cancer. I went through multiple surgeries and several rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, which gave me plenty of time to reflect on my life’s purpose. I was reminded every day how empowering it feels when you choose to turn your pain into purpose.
I love working with people to help them identify solutions to the obstacles that keep them feeling stuck. Witnessing people overcome barriers that have hindered them for years is one of the most rewarding experiences and keeps me passionate about what I do.
How does your personality influence your approach to therapy?
Authenticity is one of my top personal and professional core values. I believe being genuine with people serves as the foundation of a trusting therapeutic relationship. Working in a trusting relationship creates more opportunities to achieve your goals quicker and makes the process much more enjoyable.
I pride myself on my enthusiasm, light-heartedness, positivity, humor, and adaptability. My approach is NOT about fitting you in a box that fits my preferences. I take great pride in adapting my methods to meet your unique needs best. Your success is my key motivator, not my preferences.
Now The Super Serious Questions
What is one of your biggest professional goals?
Answer: To completely obliterate the mental health stigma. Also, we aim to destroy the stigma about therapists too which is why authenticity is one of our most important core values.
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
Answer: I love doing standup comedy and I have acted in an independent film.
What is your favorite comedy movie?
“Liar Liar” has to be at the top of the list. I think that was Jim Carrey in his prime. So much energy and just ridiculousness.
What do you look for in a best friend?
Answer: Someone who is light-hearted and doesn’t take life too seriously. Someone who can laugh at themselves when they screw up. Someone who will be honest with me, even if it’s uncomfortable.
What’s one superpower you would NOT want?
Answer: Is Elsa’s ice creating considered a superpower? If it is, I would not want that one. I don’t want to be the guy people blame for accidentally making winter last longer than it should.
What is your favorite sport to watch or play?
Answer: Basketball: when I’m playing by myself, I am typically the best player on the court…unless our outdoor cat comes out to the driveway.
Is your glass half-full or half-empty?
Answer: Some say the glass is half empty. Some say it’s half full. I say “are you going to drink that?”
On a scale of 0-10, how funny would you say you are?
Answer: The question should be “on a scale of 99-100, how funny would you say you are? My answer? Somewhere between those numbers. Ask someone else, who knows.
What’s your favorite thing about your current job?
Answer: I have the best team anyone could ask for. There is no substitute for waking up and getting excited to go see the people you work with.
What’s the best career decision you’ve ever made?
Answer: Opening Lucas Counseling Group
How do you pick yourself back up after making a mistake at work?
Answer: Making a single mistake doesn’t knock me down; therefore there is no need to pick myself up. My team will tell you that I want them to embrace mistakes. Only when we embrace making mistakes do we truly allow ourselves to learn and grow.
What would be the title of your memoir?
Answer: Pain into Purpose