Vishal Vaswani is a mental health counselor at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, Mr. Vaswani provides short term supportive counseling to youth and adults arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges who would otherwise be detained on low bail pre-trial. His past experience includes working in substance abuse with men and women at residential programs using a harm reduction approach. In this setting, he focused on the complex interweaving between trauma, substance abuse, and mental health and had gone from direct care to supervising other counselors and staff. Other experiences include providing counseling to at risk high school students and working with all ages in an outpatient mental health setting. Vishal has his M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.