I’m a licensed clinical mental health counselor in Santa Fe; I help adults in New Mexico heal from trauma and insecure attachment. 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 gained experience providing EMDR therapy for trauma and guided imagery for attachment issues. I currently have a private practice while continuing my work at Presbyterian Medical Services.
EMDR and guided imagery are my main approaches to therapy, 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.