Oklahoma City, OK – Hands to Guide You is pleased to announce that Larry Ford, DBH, LBHP, Founder & CEO of Hands to Guide You was selected by The Becoming:  Health and Wellness, who is a Center of Excellence (COE) of the official national counseling service provider for the Hall of Fame Behavioral Health (HOFBH.)

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has created Hall of Fame Health to undertake healthcare initiatives that would impact the lives of former football players and our communities across the country.

Hall of Fame Health seeks to play an integral role in shaping healthcare services and benefits, pioneering innovative new business ventures, partnering with industry leaders in various go-to-market strategies, coordinating game-changing research, and raising funds for those in need of financial assistance or services.


When asked about his new role Dr. Ford noted, “It is a great honor and privilege to serve athletes from all walks of life, their families, and the communities where they live, work and play.  It has been my philosophy from the start:  Whole person care begins with mental health.  Without mental health, there is no health.  On and off the field – stress occurs.  In and off season, life happens.  Nurturing physical, mental, and emotional (good) health requires a delicate balance between varying situations and ever-evolving circumstances.  We are here to help athletes achieve that balance.”

The Becoming Counseling and Wellness is the official national counseling provider for Hall of Fame Behavioral Health (HOFBH). They have been deemed a Center of Excellence (COE) and attempt to uphold those standards.  Their approach is simple – to match clients with a preferred provider; licensed clinicians or coaches so clients may spend their time focusing on self-care. Practitioners have specializations in EMDR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Addiction and Codependency, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Experiential and Trauma focused therapies, Expressive Arts, and Health and Wellness approaches.

The football community is relatively small, and mental wellness initiative is gaining traction.  Individuals can reach out through the Concierge Call Center, word of mouth or The Becoming Counseling and Wellness direct phone line.  When a call is received, a phone screen is completed, and the client is told that a therapist associated with The Becoming will reach out to them shortly.  If financial assistance through HART is needed, this process is worked out during the phone screen.  For more information on The Becoming Counseling and Wellness visit https://thebecomingcounseling.com/.  To view the Hall of Fame Behavioral Health video, click here.  The theme is “You Are Enough”.

About Dr. Ford

Dr. Larry Ford received his Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science and Ethics from Mid-America Christian University in Moore, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Ford received his Master’s in Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and he received his Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University.

Inspired by the volumes of studies Dr. Ford completed on how infinitely the psyche affects the body, Dr. Ford founded Hands to Guide You as he fulfilled his doctoral studies in November 2011.

Dr. Ford centers his practice on the certainty that there is no physical health without mental health, and correspondingly Dr. Ford has advanced Hands to Guide You as a preeminent leader in Integrated Care and Population Health.  Hands to Guide You, with Dr. Ford at the helm, enjoys distinction for engendering unparalleled patient rehabilitation and recovery rates, and expansive patient health literacy.

Providing and teaching the necessity of integrated care, and the entrenched correlation between emotional well-being and physical health have become Dr. Ford’s trademarks.  Hence, Dr. Ford’s esteemed reputation in integrating behavioral and medical health has yielded him requests from all over the nation to serve as a keynote speaker imparting erudition, expertise, and patient success stories.  Dr. Ford has spoken and continues to receive invitations to lecture before hundreds of fellow clinicians and additional medical and behavioral health professionals.

Dr. Ford is also a preferred provider to the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) which inspired him to create a non-profit organization, Let’s Play Sports, dedicated to coaching young athletes and giving them tools needed on and off the field for living happy, healthy & celebrated lives.  Learn more at www.lets-play-sports.org.

To learn more about Dr. Ford go to www.drlarryford.com or www.h2gy.com.  For interviews contact J. Carro, 480.495.8924.