Growing up in the South and the Midwest of the United States, I quickly learned how men were "supposed" to behave, talk, and communicate. I never found these ideas to be helpful in my relationships with others. Quite the opposite, in fact. I did have the tools to identify, express and communicate my emotions to others in healthy, effective, and productive ways. I fell in love with psychology. I found myself reading and researching what contributes to addictive behaviors, what strengthens relationships with others and what keeps us disconnected.
Most of us have created constructs (narratives) about how the world works over our lifetime and we tend to move in life as if these constructs were true in all circumstances. Sometimes these constructs can be helpful but sometimes our beliefs become overly rigid or too loose. I work in solution-focused ways, always validating the emotional experience of your body and your mind but keeping you focused in reality. We test your narrative about the way you are thinking about the world and either build on these ideas or deconstruct them and rebuild new ways of thinking and approaching the problems and relationships in your life.
We are social creatures and yes we must be in relationships with each other. This is the human condition. Knowing how to navigate relationships is the skill I will teach you. All of us want to feel we belong. Shame and criticism keeps us disconnected. I do not use language that keeps you stuck or in pain. I challenge these unhelpful and unhealthy narrative keeping you stuck and work to find evidence on alternatives ways for your mind to think about your role in life.
Education: I completed my Bachelor's in Psychology at Webster University in Saint Louis, MO with a minor in religious studies. I earned my Master's in Counseling Psychology and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, IL. I completed an APA (American Psychological Association) accredited internship in Tucson, AZ and ended my training with a post-doc fellowship at the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation outside of Portland, OR.
Clinical Experience: I began my work in Chicago, IL. During my first year of clinical studies, I worked with incarcerated adolescent males and learned how crucial it is for us to provide our children with safe, stable, healthy, and compassionate authoritative adults. My second year I worked in a community behavioral health center that serves the LGBTQ community. leaned in to some deep and necessary conversations, which helped deepen my identities and expand my knowledge on gender constructs. In my third year, I worked at an outpatient medical facility, conducing family therapy with a variety of different family types which I learned how to help support these families at creating effective communication with healthy relationship skills. Then, I moved to Tucson, AZ where I worked in a residential treatment center helping those affected by substance use, anxiety, depression, and trauma. After completing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology I moved to Portland, OR where I continued working within residential addiction treatment. I now work in private practice in Phoenix, AZ treating Men's Issues, LGBTQ Communities, Couples/Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, and Post-Treatment and Continuing Care for Addictions.
Dissertation: "A qualitative exploration of the experiences of the LGB clients who successfully completed a 16-week psychoeducational residential substance abuse program."