I want you to live your most fulfilling life. To feel relaxed, strong, and supported as you grow.
Born and raised in New York City, I’ve lived much of my adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. I received my master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, a holistic program which brings together Eastern and Western psychology, from the scientific to the spiritual. I’ve been in practice as a psychotherapist since 2004, developing my counseling skills with a wide variety of therapy clients.
I’ve received specializes training in working with families and adolescents, as well as in the areas of sexual abuse and addiction treatment. I've completed a year-long certification program in Relational Somatic Therapy. Led by Mariah Moser, a master in the field of Somatics, the program offers in-depth training in techniques for successful trauma resolution, as well as a wide range of body-centered processing skills (based in the sensory-motor nervous system). This is a direct and powerfully effective approach to shifting stuck psychological patterns. My training includes a focused study of neuroscience, attachment research, and the latest clinical tools to support healing dysfunctional relationship patterns. I've also received training in the use of EMDR and guided imagery.
Group facilitation is a center piece in my practice. I’ve held experiential trainings and process groups for a number of organizations. Since 2004 I've been facilitating therapeutic men’s circles to build the psychological, emotional, and relational health of men. I facilitate/present for organizational groups on the psychology of embodied leadership, mindful relationship, and conversational skills. I delight in helping teams and leaders understand the critical factors for successful and compelling relationship experiences.
In late 2016 I moved from San Francisco to Vancouver, BC with my wife, daughter, and our dog Bucket, to begin the next chapter of my personal and professional life. I love the mountains, and I’m grateful to be here.
10 Things to Know
I am a relationally-oriented depth psychotherapist aligned with the Jungian Archetypal School, with influences from Somatic Therapy, Ecopsychology, and psycho-spiritual practices. (It's a mouthful, I know...) Some of the overarching goals implicit in this approach are moving beyond the limits of personality to the roots of psychological awareness, and experiencing an embodied sense of connection and intimacy with oneself and others.
As your therapist my primary job is as an ally, here to listen and explore fruitful questions in order to help you work through what is stuck or unseen; to assist your growth and expansion; and to help you create new possibilities for your life and relationships. I am available for authentic connection – warm, caring, and professional.
I have developed a number of psychological tools to guide your process through painful and confusing material. These include: guided imagery/active imagination; working with parts of self (or subpersonalities); somatic focusing; breath and mindfulness techniques; EMDR; dreamwork; and exercises / activities to be done outside of the treatment hour, at home or in nature.
I will go with you wherever it is that you need to go. Through years of practice I've grown a deep understanding and trust in this process. With courage and companionship we can navigate through even the most difficult of experiences together.
Appreciation of beauty, joy, and humor are cultivated in this practice. Though personal suffering is often the entry point into therapy, by giving ourselves to the process we discover reservoirs of vitality and enthusiasm, along with patience, humility and grace.
I allow a full 60 minutes for a session, instead of the 50 minute norm, and reserve 15-30 minutes between client sessions in my schedule. I find that profound work is often done towards the end of the treatment hour and prefer to have the extra time available. This practice also serves to keep my energy fresh and ready for the work.
Facilitating connection between romantic partners, family members, friends and colleagues is a strength and passion of mine. Nowhere does the intensity of the human psyche get evoked more fully than in the committed relationships we form. Supporting the healing and evolution of relationships is central to my life’s work.
Over the past 13+ years I have founded, facilitated, and participated in men’s work and therapy groups. The archetype of masculinity is a vital force in our personal and collective lives. We are in a time of purification for the masculine psyche, a time for greater accountability. This process is necessary, however the side-effects can include men feeling ashamed for being men, which usually leads to either socially withdrawing or becoming aggressively defensive. I believe what we need are men who are creative, purposeful, and know how to enjoy their emotional and relational sensitivity.
When it is requested, and I feel it is advised, I offer extended treatment sessions for more intensive psychotherapeutic work. Trauma imprints occur when too much happens too fast, and without relational support. In the service of unwinding and resolving these trauma imprints having more time available can be of great benefit.
Since 2012 I’ve facilitated effective therapy with clients via phone and online sessions. For those whom, for whatever reason, can’t make it to my office but are interested in my approach to counseling, the option of distance therapy can be uniquely supportive and transformative.