“My aim is to help you deal with whatever brought you to therapy in the first place and walk away feeling better about yourself and your situation.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been interested in helping others. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I was serving as a parish priest for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. While I loved parish ministry, I struggled with the Catholic church’s stance on homosexuality. As a gay man myself, I believe that the church should accept and love people of all orientations. That’s why I decided to write my book, “Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay Catholic Priest.” I firmly believe that being a member of the LGBTQ+ community is not a sin—we were created as we were intended. I have since retired from parish ministry and now work as a psychotherapist to help a broader range of people overcome their struggles and find happiness and peace.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer a safe, compassionate environment where you can speak about whatever is on your mind. Because everyone is different, our sessions will always be tailored to your unique needs and situation. We will explore what brought you to therapy and, together, we will set goals for treatment. I know that coming to therapy can be intimidating sometimes, so I move at whatever pace is most comfortable for you. My aim is to help you deal with whatever brought you to therapy in the first place and walk away feeling better about yourself and your situation.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaborating with other colleagues ensures that I am offering the best possible care for my clients. It’s important for me to stay informed and up to date on the many treatment interventions and new approaches available. Working and networking with other providers makes that possible. I want to be good at what I do—and I’m always looking for ways to improve.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Making the decision to go to therapy can be scary—especially if it’s your first time. However, I can tell you from my personal and professional experience that it’s worth it. Whatever you’re dealing with, the therapeutic process can help. Together, we will create a plan that implements the best of psychotherapeutic and educational techniques, so you can become the best version of yourself. When therapy works, it can impact every area of your life—what could possibly be a better investment than that?
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited to see that mental health counseling has become more mainstream today. We still have a long way to go, but mental health counseling is more available and acceptable today than it has ever been before in our country. Simply put, therapy works. That’s why I hope to bring mental health counseling to as many people as possible and will work with clients on a sliding scale to help them find a way to fit therapy into their budgets.
“When therapy works, it can impact every area of your life—what could possibly be a better investment than that?”