The most important thing you can know about me is that I am a fellow traveler. I am a human being who has engaged deeply in his own life. I have experienced my own tender lows as well as some ecstatic highs. I have navigated through painful loss and have enjoyed profound love. I know the feelings of emptiness, confusion, and doubt and also of wholeness, clarity, and conviction. My life experiences have helped fuel a far-ranging and fruitful search through the fields of psychology and spirituality and the growth I have experienced and have witnessed in others is the root inspiration for my work.
This is important because it informs how I show up as a therapist. I have worked successfully with a wide variety of people: Some with heavy burdens of shame, others with nearly unspeakable histories of trauma, and still others who have comparatively privileged lives but who find that they too face the very human struggle to establish a sense of meaning, purpose, self-value and connectedness. I carry an innate respect for the full breadth of human experience and an appreciation for the challenges we all face in creating full and satisfying lives especially within a culture that is itself unhealthy in so many ways. Clients have described me as especially understanding and compassionate…but understanding myself as a fellow traveler, how could I be anything else?
I hold a masters degree in mental health counseling and have fifteen years of post-graduate experience as a psychotherapist, with ten years in private practice. In 2010, I moved to the Bay Area to more formally study a long-standing interest in the interface between psychology and spirituality: To understand how the world’s wisdom traditions can inform our psychological healing and how psychological work supports spiritual growth. I am currently pursuing my PhD in the East-West Psychology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. I have also engaged in extensive professional trainings in a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. My work is also heavily influenced by Integral Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. In California, I am licensed to practice as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC #189).