I was born and raised in the Midwest, along the rolling hills of Eastern Iowa. By 13, I became sincerely interested in the human journey and human suffering, and even at such a young age, I felt a strong calling to become a psychotherapist. My gaze never wavered, and I followed that path to where I am today, nearly three decades later. Since then, I have been engaged in my own personal growth-work and healing. I continue to engage in my own work today, as a practice. Working with me, you will know that you are sitting with someone who has not shied away from looking deeply within and who is genuinely committed to his own path of growth and healing. Having walked the path of transformation, I will serve as a trustworthy guide.
My education and training as a therapist, counselor, and clinician began when I pursued my passion for psychology and earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa. During this time, I sought out direct experience to compliment my academic education. I knew I wanted to try to find the heart and source of human psychological/emotional suffering. And so, I began working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. I worked in residential treatment clinics as well as in inpatient psychiatric hospital settings. Over the course of more than 15 years, I was able to serve a wide variety of populations, from adults with severe mental illness to families, teens, and young adults.
While in college, I began to address my own personal struggle with anxiety and panic. What had manifested as insecurity in my teens evolved into nearly crippling emotional/psychological paralysis and abandonment fears. Little did I know that how I chose to work with my anxiety during that time would bear a close resemblance to the mindfulness approaches that have now proven effective for mental health treatment and personal growth, and they continue to influence my work with clients to this day.
During my undergraduate study, I also became increasingly interested in eastern religions and philosophies. I began to see interesting parallels between contemplative perspectives and the areas of psychology that most attracted me. This turned out to be another coincidence, as years later I accidentally discovered Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where I would complete my graduate training in counseling psychology. Naropa helped me continue my personal work and hone my skills as a therapist. Since that time, I have studied and been influenced by meditation practice, Gestalt therapy, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, PACT Couple Therapy, and various shamanic traditions.
Today, I am devoted to helping adults and couples work through a wide range of life’s challenges. I believe we are all endowed with an inherent intelligence and healing potential. My job is to help my clients uncover it.
I have lived in the Boulder area for over 15 years, and I currently reside in Louisville, CO, where I have lived for the past ten years. I enjoy cycling, film, music, craft beer, my own therapy, and continuing the process and exploration of this incredible human journey of self-discovery and healing.
Whether you are interested in working through significant barriers in life or wanting to go deeper in your journey of self-awareness, you will find me to be knowledgeable and skilled, as well as warm, personable, and approachable.
All my best to you in your search!