When I was around ten years old, I liked to listen to self-help talk-radio shows late into the night. People would phone up and share all their life problems with the radio host. I was tirelessly intrigued with both the lives of the callers and how the radio host would give counsel to them. Little did I know then, I myself would someday intimately interface with the lives of others for my professional work.
I am a licensed professional counselor and hold a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. The therapeutic approaches that I draw from in my work include the following: mindfulness, somatic, experiential, Hakomi, psychodynamic, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, and emotionally focused therapy.
With past experiences as a bodyworker, craniosacral therapist, yoga instructor, and Outward Bound instructor, I bring a unique skill-set to the field of counseling.
My own counseling style has emerged from weaving together the many skills I have learned and the various trainings I have had along with my own life experiences. This makes me a particularly engaged therapist. I like to step right into my client’s world while staying anchored in my own. I am kind and compassionate with my clients. And yet, at the same time, I can also be direct and straightforward. I warmly welcome all my clients just as they are while also inviting them to change.
In addition to my counseling work, I am also an adjunct faculty member at Lewis & Clark College’s Graduate School of Counseling Psychology and co-director & co-founder of Family Ties Counseling Center. I live with my wife and two daughters in the SW part of Portland, Oregon.