I received my Bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on Trauma Studies and Multicultural Counseling. I subsequently obtained my Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. I have worked with a wide range of populations, including adolescent victims of sexual/emotional abuse, elementary-aged inner-city youth, at-risk adolescents and their families, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth and adults, adult perpetrators with developmental disorders, adults in a community mental health setting, and university-aged students, faculty, and their families.
Passionate about crisis intervention I worked for nineteen months as both a phone-based crisis counselor and a clinical member of the Berkeley Mobile-Crisis Team, providing field-based and on-site crisis intervention, response, assessment, de-escalation and mediation for the city of Berkeley, California. I then completed a pre-doctoral internship with the American Psychological Association accredited Counseling and Psychological Services at Oregon State University, providing psychotherapeutic and outreach services to students, faculty, and their dependents. I also worked in a private community counseling center working with adults, adolescents, and families.
I returned to wilderness therapy in 2007, working with adolescent and young adult clients before committing to a full-time assessment practice, providing psychological evaluation and consultation for clients in both wilderness and residential programs. While continuing my assessment practice, I served as the clinical director of a therapeutic boarding school treating adolescent boys with Asperger Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, and other neurological impairments impacting executive functioning, emotional regulation, and social/interpersonal functioning.
Throughout my clinical career, I have had the opportunity to design and lead parenting seminars, couples intensives, and workshops supporting adolescents and young adults struggling with life transitions. I also conduct comprehensive psychological assessments locally and nationally.
To my work as a psychologist, I bring a wide variety of unique life experiences and consider myself a partner to my clients seeking to navigate and find balance and peace in life’s journey. I live in Salt Lake City with my wife of 21 years and our two children.