Co-owner and Co-founder of Hope Performance Systems, LLC, Gabriel Baker, realized first his passion for helping others during his career in the military. He was amazed by the resilience people are capable of when properly nurtured, motivated, and given the opportunity to flourish. He served 11 years as an active-duty United States Marine and received an honorable discharge on his exit from military service to country.
After completing his graduate studies in a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) at the Savannah, GA campus of South University, Gabriel earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Gabriel is board certified as both a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Gabriel completed training through a South Carolina state-wide learning collaborative known as Project BEST (Bringing Evidence Supported Treatments to South Carolina Children and Families) and is rostered as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) provider. He continues to seek knowledge and experience in order to become even more effective as a counseling professional. Gabriel is currently undergoing additional training to become a rostered provider for Alternatives for Families: a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) through the same learning collaborative.
When speaking of his view regarding a person first seeking counseling, he shares a quote from Frederick Wilcox: “Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.” Simply put, making a decision to speak with a counselor can seem intimidating. However, it is when we step outside of our comfort zone that most growth happens.