I’m a licensed clinical mental health counselor specializing in trauma and attachment therapy for adults in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’m passionate about helping people heal and grow.
I completed a master’s in counseling from Southwestern College in 2015. A year later, I joined Presbyterian Medical Services, where I’ve been providing EMDR therapy for trauma and guided imagery for attachment issues.
EMDR and guided imagery are my main approaches, but my work is informed by a wide range of other approaches as well, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and humanistic psychology. I have training in human sexuality; I’m comfortable discussing gender and sexual issues, and I’m LGBTQ-friendly.
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. As an undergraduate, I was interested in psychology, but I decided to focus my attention on software development as a first career. I completed a bachelor’s in computer science from Swarthmore College in 1990 and a PhD in computer science from Indiana University in 1996, then started working in the San Francisco Bay Area as a software engineer and manager.
By the early 2000s, I was ready for a change. I moved to New Mexico in 2002, left my high-tech career two years later, and started working as a life coach and certified Nonviolent Communication trainer. During these years, I helped start a charter elementary school and organized a number of international intensive trainings for the Center for Nonviolent Communication.
I also spent a lot of time meditating and exploring related practices like breathwork, ecstatic movement, and qigong. I studied Buddhism and the work of philosopher Ken Wilber, whose Integral framework was a helpful guide to the world of mystical spirituality. Currently, I’m not affiliated with any particular religion or spiritual approach; my life is guided by an inner knowing and informed by a wide range of ideas.
In 2010, I ended my involvement with Nonviolent Communication and started focusing on writing; I eventually published two books on spirituality, meditation, and mindfulness. I decided to become a psychotherapist in 2012 and applied to Southwestern College, where I obtained a master’s in counseling. My wife and I currently live in Santa Fe.