“Drawing on my formative experiences, I bring a compassionate and person-centered perspective to my sessions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had an interest in working in the mental health field. I possess an advanced capacity to actively listen and reflect as well as an empathic personal style. I have worked in a variety of therapeutic settings prior to starting private practice, including a community mental health clinic and with a mandated population. Drawing on my formative experiences, I bring a compassionate and person-centered perspective to my sessions.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer a 15-minute complimentary consultation session. Following that, I will take the first two sessions to collect background information and a personal history in order to properly contextualize the current issue(s) you are facing. Rarely, and typically only if it is requested or previously agreed upon, I assign homework. I enjoy working with those who may be coming to therapy for the first time or returning to sessions again.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always seeking to learn more about the field of psychotherapy, particularly aspects of skill- building that may concretely benefit those I work with. I find the biological influences on our emotions and behavior fascinating and am intrigued by the idea of using creative expression as a tool for processing our experiences.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I strive to bring an open, nonjudgmental approach to each person I meet and I treat each person as the expert of their own experience. As a cisgendered white man, cultural sensitivity must play a part in my practice. I will inevitably have blindspots to certain issues but I endeavor to research and teach myself first and avoid casting judgments with my reflections or feedback.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth as well as options for creative approaches to in-person sessions (walking therapy, games, play therapy) excite me. I tend to find therapy has multiple benefits, though perhaps not always all together at once. These benefits might include a safe space to vent your emotions and experiences, a nonjudgmental yet supportive person to offer perspectives or reflections perhaps not observed, and an ally who will prioritize your goals for improving while creating the necessary space to explore this process.
“I strive to bring an open, nonjudgmental approach to each person I meet and I treat each person as the expert of their own experience.”