Welcome to “On the Couch” — a series of Q&A sessions where you get to know the human side of our amazing staff at Well Clinic.
This week we chatted with Will Reyes, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and the new Clinical Director at Well Clinic in San Francisco.
What is your favorite part about your work?
I love making connections with people and listening to their stories. I enjoy learning and laughing with my clients just as much as guiding and supporting them.
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
The food, weather, museums, and the Giants.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Besides my native San Francisco, it’s a three way tie between Kauai, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam.
Name five things that are on your bucket list (things to do before you die).
- Live in another country
- Fly a plane or helicopter
- Climb El Capitan
- Become fluent in Spanish
- Write a book
What is your favorite memory ever?
These are my most important memories: My wedding, the birth of my kids, and celebrating the Giants winning their first World Series in San Francisco.
My most visceral memory is swimming during a tropical rainstorm at Ke’e beach.
Where did you grow up?
Most of my childhood in the East Bay, but I haven’t really grown up.
What is your favorite quote?
“The best way out is always through.” -Robert Frost
In your free time, what are you most likely doing?
What are five albums you’d want with you if you were stuck on a deserted island?
- August and Everything After – Counting Crows
- 10 – Pearl Jam
- The Chronic – Dr. Dre
- Let’s Dance – David Bowie
- Could you Escape a Deserted Island? An Interactive Survival Guide (Audiobook) – Blake Hoena
Where was your last vacation?
Disneyland, if that counts. Mexico if it doesn’t.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
None, this has always been my career. I do work as a photographer as my side hustle.
Do you have any talents that few people know about? If so, what are they?
I am a locally-renowned burping contestant.
What is your favorite sports team?
Giants, followed closely by the 49ers, and the Warriors.
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite book?
What is your favorite movie?
Point Break (not the blasphemous reboot), with honorable mention to The Big Lebowski.
What was your favorite toy as a child?
Do you have any pets? Please introduce them to us.
- Peggy is my 1 year old Argentinian Dogo
- Pixel is my 4 year old Chihuahua
- Wiley Beans is my 7 year old obese cat
What motivates you professionally?
Seeing my clients meet their goals.
What motivates you personally?
Working so I can travel.
Describe one of your first few jobs.
I was a barista, so I blended things and misspelled customer names, sometimes unintentionally. Also, I taught little kids how to ski, which was a blast.
What’s one fun thing you wish you could do more of?
Run (I have bad knees) and sleep (I have bad sleep habits).