Garth Lemaster is precisely the type of person you want around in a crisis: he’s level-headed, straightforward, respectful, and honest. He shows up when he says he will and he always gives his heart and soul to his work. Garth is one of those therapists the kids seek out for their check-ins, and as a result, he spends the majority of his time at Visions session. It’s also not unusual to see Garth helping out with the day-to-day operations of Outpatient and the Day School, which shows how much of a team player he really is. Since 2007, Garth has been a wonderful source of goodwill for all of us at Visions; we are lucky to have him as part of our treatment team. I really can’t say enough kind things about Garth and neither could the staff:
“Garth is an amazing person! His patient and calm demeanor is unparalleled. It takes a lot to rattle Garth’s nerves…on occasion I try simply for entertainment (I know, it’s terrible) but I end up giving in before he does. This way about him is reflected in his approach with the kids he works with as well. His ability to listen is one among many and I’ve witnessed the lives that he has touched as a result. Garth is one of those people who “so rocks” and has no idea!” — Love Always, Natalie (IOP Staff Member and huge fan of Garth!)
“Garth is the quiet warrior of our team. Families always know that Garth will be there with kind words, thoughtful insight and strength. He meets his clients where they are, and he helps them find their inner strength in therapy. We respect Garth and I, over the years, have found myself in Garth’s office when overwhelmed or in need of advice, always getting what I need as a co worker. Parents tell us that Garth is solely responsible for the change in both their lives and the lives of their teens. He would likely scoff at this and respond back that the family did the work, but Garth truly led the way. Patrick says it best when he says that Garth is a ‘therapy ninja’!! Thank you, Garth, for being an anchor at our outpatient location.” — Amanda Shumow
“If I had to pick someone from work to team up with on Survivor, I would pick Garth. The thing I love about Garth is his quality of character. He has an integrity that can be counted on. I’ve had the privilege to really watch him blossom as a therapist over the last 5 years, and I really appreciate the work that he does. He genuinely cares about the families and kids he works with. He is respectful and I greatly enjoy our occasional political détente in the mornings—and while we don’t always agree, I love that he always listens and genuinely has care and concern for people.” — Joseph Rogers
“Garth is quiet strength for the kids. Now, to get him to paint with us…! – Susan O’ Conner who’s best known as “The Art Lady.”
And without further adieu, let’s hear Garth’s answers to some of our curious questions:
1. If you had wings where would you go?
The Hotel Caruso in Italy.
2. Favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?
IN N OUT: Double-double combo, hold the “animal,” I’m just a regular guy.
3. Last movie you watched in the theater?
4. Favorite song to play on your guitar?
“Over the Hills and Far Away.”
5. Have you watched any episodes of The Real Housewives on Bravo?
I’m proud to say no.
6. What was your High School Mascot?
7. What is the best present you ever received?
8. Soup or Salad?
9. Best word to describe your personality?
10. Why do you choose to work for Visions?
I like helping kids, but I do so at Visions because the team is so good. It’s a really good place to work.