I am a cisgendered white male, who goes by the pronouns he and him. I endeavor to practice in a way that honors and celebrates diversity. I am inspired by the courage and leadership of the Black Lives Matter movement and walk in solidarity with them. When you come to me for services of any kind, please know that you are welcome here, regardless of your race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or any other difference that has been subjugated or oppressed in our society. Please let me know if you are a person who needs accommodation to be able to access services with me. I will do my best to meet your needs.
I really enjoy playing a role in creating the conditions for emotional, psychological and spiritual growth to happen in my clients and students. I know from experience that we human beings can accomplish great things if we get out of our own way and learn to accept ourselves and others just as we are.
The foundation of my approach to this work is mindfulness practice. I have personally practiced mindfulness meditation for over 30 years and have found it to be a transformative force in my life. I have received training from John Kabot Zinn. I have also completed the two and half year dharma leader training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
I am a licensed as a clinical social worker and professional counselor specializing in mindfulness-based individual, couples and family therapy. Prior to my work in private practice I had twenty years of clinical and management level experience in community mental health and social services.
I am a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist. My treatment approach is to provide support, deep exploration and practical feedback to help you to resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. I incorporate a blend of conventional western and alternative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to provide what will be most helpful for you. With sensitivity, compassion and supportive feedback, I will help you to build on your strengths to identify and achieve your therapy goals
I have extensive training in a variety of ways to do therapy. Some of the approaches I use include: acceptance and commitment therapy, scientifically-based marriage therapy (Gottman), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based body centered therapy, and mindfulness meditation. I have taught mindfulness meditation for over fifteen years and have completed training with John Kabat-Zinn.