Hello! I am a counselor in Brookside MO who enjoys helping my clients find peace and direction in their lives.
Counselor in Kansas City, MO
Supervised by Anna Saviano, LPC
As a former teacher, I know the importance of considering the family system when working with youth. When I pursued my degree at UMKC, I decided on the Couples and Family emphasis so that I could address the larger scale family system when working with youth.
I am a big believer in stories and their power to heal. I have always been drawn to narrative therapy for this reason. While working on my counseling degree, I often found myself researching narrative therapy and utilizing it in my practice.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is another modality I often found myself drawn to while working on my counseling degree. I believe a great measure of personal power comes in discovering your own personal set of values that you can commit to and live out.
In my last job, I worked as a therapist at a residential facility for teens. Since becoming a counselor, I have found that I truly enjoy working with adolescent clients. It is such a strong transitional time for them, and I love being able to be part of their emerging sense of self, balancing that with the family dynamics that they often struggle with.
Before becoming a counselor, I was an elementary teacher for 15 years. As a therapist, I offer a unique understanding of the challenges and stresses they face in the classroom as well as in their daily lives. I also have training in both play therapy (I am not certified, however) and sand tray therapy, and I bring those into the therapeutic setting with children, adolescents, and even adults.
As a gay man, I am keenly aware of the challenges that come with being a part of the LGBTQ community. As a survivor of conversion therapy, I have a particular interest in helping those in the LGBTQ community work through their history of spiritual abuse.