With over 15 years of experience providing mental health services to diverse client populations, I welcome new clients as a licensed therapist in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Having been trained in a variety of treatment models, I provide client centered care to each client. This means that my approach with each client is tailored and adjusted to their specific treatment needs and preferences.
I have come to learn the art of psychotherapy involves a blend of supporting and validating clients while also motivating change and integration of new patterns of living. I firmly believe the quality of the relationship between a client and therapist is critical for healing and growth. In fact, research consistently identifies the quality of the therapeutic alliance as the most important factor in achieving a positive therapeutic outcome. Your story deserves to be heard and I am here to provide a caring and focused response to support you in your journey. The two primary approaches that inform much of my work with clients are ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy). Although there are some differences in the models, both empower a person to respond to difficult mood states, negative thoughts/feelings, and problematic behavioral patterns in sensible and adaptive ways.
I am humble and down-to-earth and agree with Irvin Yalom’s view of therapists and clients as “fellow travelers” on the journey of life. My special interests include anxiety and panic disorders; PTSD; relationships and intimacy; depression and bipolar disorder; LGBTQAI issues; adolescent mental health/family therapy; grief, loss, and transition; EMDR; and mindfulness. My first professional position after graduate school was as a school based mental health counselor serving adolescents at two large suburban high schools. My teen clients tell me that I treat them as an equal, never look down on them, and I provide them the space they need to access their voice. I believe this is why so many of my adolescent clients are open to my suggestions and feedback, it comes from a position of a consultant vs. an authority. Working with adolescents continuously inspires me as they feature contrary characteristics and patterns: independent yet vulnerable; complex yet simple; fearless yet terrified; determined yet apathetic. These contrasting traits allow the work with this population to be extremely engaging, fresh, and dynamic.
LGBTQAI mental health care is also a special interest. As an openly gay man, I have personal understanding and appreciation for the unique challenges members of this community face. I have training and experience in assisting gender non-conforming, non-binary, and trans clients with gender affirming medical care following the World Professional Association for Transgender Health clinical guidelines.
I look forward to supporting you in your journey and helping you to live life with greater freedom and fulfillment.
If you or someone you know is in crisis call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. You may also contact the following crisis services:
Crisis Call Center: 1-800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863
Dakota County Crisis: 952-891-7171
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-784-2433 or National Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696