“I'm able to take open-ended, complex problems and break them down to manageable components.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've always had a curiosity about the human mind. Simultaneously, I've always had a deep sense of compassion for the suffering of others. These two traits led to a career in counseling. I also possess a strength in what I would call "technical analysis" (e.g., math/computer programming/logic). I'm able to take open-ended, complex problems and break them down to manageable components. I believe that this strength is what led me to prefer a cognitive behavioral and solution-focused approach. Most of my career has been spent working in private practice where I treat a mixture of individuals and couples. Prior to my private practice, I worked as a one-on-one counselor at a public clinic and as a family therapist for a child welfare agency. My early counseling experience led to the development of my specialty in panic and anxiety disorders while my family therapy experience woke up a passion for working with couples.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake is a time for me to get a big picture view of who you are and your problem. During this time, I also try to begin defining and breaking down the nature of the problem that you are facing. As we continue to work together, I may assign homework. The purpose of homework could be to assist us in gaining a better understanding of what the problem is, to look at how the problem maintains itself, and/or designed to begin interrupting the maintenance of that problem so that you can begin feeling better.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I largely focus on continuing education courses that are within my two primary specialties: Couples counseling and panic/anxiety disorders. However, I'm also very interested in novel treatment methods that show promise. For example, early in my practice, I noticed that athlete-clients seemed to recover from mental illness considerably faster than the general population. This led me to deep dive into studies that were done on mental health and exercise. To my shock, there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that exercise can be as effective as medication or therapy in many cases. I summarized some of these studies on my website.
“I believe that this strength is what led me to prefer a cognitive behavioral and solution-focused approach.”