“I learned to embody an attitude of “no matter what-ness”, which meant no matter what brought a person to my office, it was my job to honor and appreciate them.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I was always the friend who others would go to with their problems and I was affectionately named “Dr. Tim”. While I don’t have a doctoral degree, I still enjoy walking with people on their journey. For many years, I worked in the inner city with adolescents, trauma survivors, the families of murder victims, and the police department doing gang intervention. Throughout all of those experiences, I worked to highlight people’s positives and their innate goodness. I learned to embody an attitude of “no matter what-ness”, which meant no matter what brought a person to my office, it was my job to honor and appreciate them. I am down-to-earth, approachable, and easy-going. At the same time, I take my work very seriously and am constantly striving to be more informed of current research. I have been trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), a unique therapy modality that I have seen be incredibly effective in treating anxiety, phobias, and trauma.
What should someone know about working with you?
A typical intake will consist of some initial paperwork sent via email and then a conversation of about 60-minutes to see if we are a good fit for one another. If we are, then we work to establish goals so we can track how progress is going. With my EMDR clients (those typically experiencing trauma, anxiety, or low self-esteem) there is no homework in between sessions. In fact, if we do EMDR, you don’t have to talk much at all; your brain does all the work. My typical client can range from one who has some increased stress or worries to someone with significant trauma and crippling anxiety. I usually work with adolescents and adults and am welcoming and inclusive to diverse populations, including those from minority communities and those who are LGBTQ.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly trying to find resources for my clients that will accelerate their healing. I am really excited to offer EMDR therapy for my clients because I have seen it be incredibly effective in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, phobias, and more.
“I usually work with adolescents and adults and am welcoming and inclusive to diverse populations, including those from minority communities and those who are LGBTQ.”