I approach counseling with a holistic assumption of the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit. I also assume we have an innate tendency to grow towards health and wholeness. Rather than labeling old patterns as pathologies, I prefer to recognize them as coping strategies created as part of an individual’s attempts for safety and health which became obsolete. In my work I focus on helping clients identify the patterns that hold them backand the skills and resources they have available to become more choice-full in their lives.
I utilize a mindful, body-centered experiential and relational approach. I also pay attention to the systemic nature of interpersonal interaction in relationships and families. Through attention to present moment experience, comes the discovery of beliefs, thoughts, feelings, memories and images that impact daily life in both positive and negative ways. This awareness and corrective emotional experiences in therapy support building resources andadopting more effective patterns.
As a gay man I particularly enjoy working with LBGTQ couples and individuals, creating a safe and non-judgmental space for growth and exploration. I draw on my first career as an award-winning architect, a background in massage therapy, my Masters degree in Marriage Family Therapy, a passion for lifelong learning and extensive training in Hakomi–a mindfulness-based, body-centered psychotherapy technique–to create a nurturing, flexiblestyle of care that attends to the client as a living, upwardly evolving system of mind, body and spirit since 2007.
Trauma and PTSD
Depression and Anxiety
Gender and Orientation Concerns
Exploring and Defining Fidelity
Location: 2304 E. Burnside, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97214