Mr. Vacco received his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego in 2022 and is a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) in California as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (credentialed by the National Board of Certified Counselors).
Mr. Vacco completed a comprehensive internship in San Diego with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at the ASPIRE Center, a residential outpatient clinic for combat veterans, and Rio WAVE Clinic, a vocational rehabilitation center where he provided individual and group evidence-based therapies treating various conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety-related conditions, and addiction.
In addition to his part-time position at The Cognitive Therapy Institute, Mr. Vacco works as a therapist within the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System continuing to help veterans find holistic healing and improve their quality of life. He also currently serves as an Emergency Response Supervisor and ASIST suicide prevention counselor for the U.S Coast Guard Reserves in the greater San Diego area.
As a military veteran, Mr. Vacco draws on his professional and life experience to help individuals navigate life stressors and find adaptive ways to improve their lives. He has experience in providing both individual and group therapy working with a variety of circumstances, including trauma, hoarding, anxiety, depression, and addiction with a particular interest in working with PTSD and OCD. Operating from a place of empathy, strength, and collaboration, Mr. Vacco brings a holistic CBT-based approach to assist his clients in achieving their goals and improving their overall quality of life