I’m a gay and male identified therapist who specializes in anxiety, depression, LGBTQ issues, employment stress, and childhood trauma. If you are looking to reduce shame, anxiety, depression, symptoms of trauma, self criticism, frustration, loneliness, isolation, worrying, and hypervigilance, among other stresses, I may be a good fit for you. I help people access mindful states of safety and self nurturing. Once in this state of calmness, clarity, and compassion, I help people settle into inner harmony and peace.

I’m also a human being, just like you, that experiences life’s pleasures and pains. Aspects of myself that some of my clients appreciate hearing about from time to time include:

  • Following sports, especially the NBA, via games and podcasts
  • Walking, running, and hiking the outdoors
  • Spending time with my Airedale terrier Fozzy
  • Playing video games, especially Mario and Legend of Zelda
  • Thinking up puns and plays on words
  • Listening to podcasts about film, television, and current events

Education

Master of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento       2014 – 2016
Emphasis: community mental health for adults & children;
Thesis Topic: Sexual Identity-Focused Therapy

Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media, University of California, Santa Barbara       2004 – 2008
Awarded outstanding graduate honors, voted upon by program faculty.

Professional Development

  • Self-led Grief – 2 day advanced intensive course on practicing IFS for grieving, run by IFSCA, June 2022.
  • Stepping Out – 16 week, 48 hour intensive course for gay male therapists on practicing IFS run by IFSCA, September 2021 to December 2021.
  • The Further Reaches of IFS – 2 day advanced intensive course on practicing IFS run by IFSCA, June 2021.
  • IFS Skills and Competence Intensive – 4 day intensive course on how to practice IFS run by IFSCA, May 2021.
  • Gay Male Therapists: An Introduction to IFS – 8 hour introductory course to IFS for gay male therapists run by IFSCA, January 2021.

About my approach

I am trained and experienced in helping people to drop into, explore, and connect with their own psyche.

What does connecting with your psyche mean? Although each person derives their own meaning and experience from connecting with their own psyche, from a scientific perspective, connecting to one’s own psyche means accessing a neural pathway in the brain that connects us to feelings of safety, connectivity, receptivity, and nurturing. From a spiritual perspective, it is accessing a place of unconditional love for yourself and others.

Dipping into your psyche can look many different ways. Most often, we begin with whatever you feel needs attention that day, and, from there, direct your attention to what’s happening in your psyche in relation to the topic being explored. I might ask questions about where the feeling or thought is in your body, what it looks like, and what your experience of it is like. We then explore its relationship to you, how you feel towards it, and what it wants or needs you to know in that moment.

This method is called Internal Family Systems (IFS), a highly effective evidence-based therapy.  IFS operates under the assumption that our  psyche is geared toward healing in the same way that our skin regenerates when we have been physically wounded. I see this work as accessing our psyche’s natural restorative abilities. Not only is it deep, powerful, and healing work, it is seen in the mental health community as one of the most effective treatments for PTSD, attachment wounds, and childhood trauma. IFS can be used for practically any concern including anxiety, depression, panic, relationship issues, and physical health issues.