Jonathan Rios '13

Jonathan RiosMajor: Master of Counseling, Psychology
Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA

Describe your current job role:

I am the owner, and co-founder of the Thriiv Company. We are a family owned company. Through the convergence of two passions, helping people and love of the ocean we founded THRIIV Company in 2016. We specialize in the treatment of Anxiety/Panic/Stress/Depression/Sexual Addiction & Substance Addiction. Thriiv Company also contracts with local Mental Health/Substance abuse treatment facilities. We facilitate group sessions focusing on connecting participants to the healing qualities of the ocean. Session often include interaction with marine life, mindfulness training, breath training, Exercise, & cultivating group cohesion.

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I have worked as a licensed Psychotherapist, and have assisted hundreds of clients in overcoming emotional, mental, and relational distress. Duties performed have included assessment and treatment of addiction, anxiety/panic, and related mental health disorders, such as depression, or Trauma. I have also worked as a Clinical Supervisor at American Addiction Centers, Live in Therapist at Place of Hope (House Parent), and General Manager at Pontiki Boat cruises in Jupiter . 

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

You can’t be the boss until you can submit to one. Learn how to serve, how to fine tune your work ethic. Submission & honor will create openings for you and prepare you to be a leader in your sphere of work.

"Be willing to work hard and go unnoticed."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

The graduate program was personal, intimate, and real. The work load, though heavy, was intriguing and stretched my own concept of God, self, and others. The professors gave top notch advice & created a fun learning environment. By the time I graduated my confidence levels had risen significantly.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Be willing to work hard and go unnoticed. Fine tune your skills. Refine your talents. Even if your boss or peers don’t see, God see’s. He’s looking for good stewards. Unless you can handle the little things well you won’t be given the big things. Your talents will make a way for you but you have to refine them first. Better to be prepared and not have an opportunity than to have an opportunity and not be prepared to meet the challenge.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

I’ve had many mentors. Dr Phil Henry (PBA Grad program), Gina Fazio (PBA grad-Clinical director at Place of Hope), and Ingrid VanAlstyne (PBA grad-Director at American Addiction Centers). Each mentor has their own style but their all hard working, flexible, and humble. Even in their excellence they’ve maintained a teachable attitude. Their all very generous and that has left a mark on my life.

Spotlight posted in September 2018. For current updates from Jonathan, visit his LinkedIn or his website.