Certification and Education:
I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)-Intern in the state of Oregon. I earned my Master’s (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University, and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from University of Baltimore. I conducted research at both Universities, studying the Potential Therapeutic Effects of Psychedelics and Evolutionary Psychology. Independently I studied nutrition and co-authored a chapter about the nutrient-mood connection in the textbook Stress in the Modern World.
I developed a meditation practice in 2009. In 2013 I worked with clients navigating trauma and addiction at El-Rincon Methadone Clinic in Chicago while volunteering for the Health and Wellness Counseling Associates. While earning my Masters I interned at the National Veterans Art Museum and Thresholds, a Dialectical Behavior Therapy-based clinic providing community based therapy to people living with severe mental health issues. There I was able to work with people aid them in making progress that no other counselor had been able to.
After graduating school I became the first male counselor to ever work at the maternal family wellness clinic SPHD focusing on treating Postpartum Mood Disorders. I then went on to provide outpatient therapy at the Cascadia Behavioral Health as a general practitioner, treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, and hallucinations, before creating Mindful Healing Portland. I am currently training underneath the supervision of Holly Hurwitz LCSW
My Approach to Counseling: Mindfulness Based Cogntive Therapy
Therapy is a collaborative process with the goal of healing psychic pain, developing personal empowerment, and aiding you in living as your authentic self. I am an expert in mental health, mindfulness, talk-therapy, and nutrition. You are the expert on you, you’ve lived your whole life. Together we will work towards your goals, identifying barriers, develop grounding skills, heal wounds, and increase your cognitive flexibility. Each of us is a marvel of nature, with our own unique talents, values, and experiences. As such, the process of psychotherapy can look very different from person to person.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy focuses on developing skills which increase our awareness of, connection to, and the empowerment of the Self. This process helps develop insight, increases: relaxation, concentration, and the ability to navigate difficult emotions; decreases: pain, self-destructive patterns, automatic thoughts and reactionary behavior. These skills give you the tools you need to take control, and write your life’s story.
My practice is also influenced by the skills and philosophies from Existential, Humanistic, Feminist, and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.