With over 15 years of experience providing mental health services to diverse client populations, I welcome new clients. I provide telehealth (video) counseling as a licensed therapist in both Minnesota and Wisconsin (*Please note I do not offer in person sessions). Having received extensive training in a variety of evidenced based therapy approaches, I provide client centered care to each client. My approach is collaborative and tailored to each client's treatment goals, history, and treatment preferences.
Psychotherapy involves a blend of supporting and validating clients while also motivating change and integration of new perspectives and practices. I firmly believe the quality the relationship between a client and therapist is essential for genuine 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 life challenges; difficult emotions, thoughts and moods; and problematic behavioral patterns in healthy and adaptive ways.
My style is empathic, solution focused, and down-to-earth. I agree with Irvin Yalom’s view of therapists and clients as “fellow travelers” on the journey of life. Although I have expertise in mental health, I do no presume to be the expert on your life. Rather, my role is to help you clarify what parts of life are most important to you, assist you in staying aligned with these values, and support you when you find yourself finding it difficult to live the life you want.
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 suburban high schools in the Twin Cities. Although no longer practicing in the schools, I continue to enjoy my work with teens. 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 respectful consultant vs. someone "trying to fix them."
LGBTQAI mental health care is also a special interest. As a gay man, I have personal understanding and appreciation for the unique challenges members of this community face. I work with many in the community who struggle with identity development, trauma, and often assist families in supporting their LGBTAQI family member who may have just recently come out. 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 Dane County 24-hour Crisis Line at 608-280-2600 National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-784-2433 or National Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696