As a therapist, I believe that everyone deserves compassionate, evidence-based, empowering care - no matter how unusual they are.
Therapist in Naperville, IL
Supervised by Melodi Hickey, LCSW
I figured out when I was 18 that monogamy was not a good fit for me, and I've lived an openly nonmonogamous life ever since. I've been with the same partner, who is now my husband, for nearly 20 years, along with multiple other relationships. No matter what your relationship configuration, I can help you navigate the challenges, and the joys, of polyamory.
As a queer man, my life has been filled with an amazing diversity of genders, sexual identities, and various attitudes and orientations to sex. I understand how difficult being different can be - so often, we don't have good stories to help us navigate our lives. No matter what your sexual or relationship orientation, I can promise a nonjudgmental space to help with issues related to your identity.
Trauma has been a significant component of both my mental health education and my clinical practice. I knowhow trauma can radically alter the course of someone's life, and have terrible effects for decades afterwards. I can help you understand trauma's impacts on the body and mind, and how to better deal with the responses that can arise.
Whether you've had Trauma or trauma, we've all been injured by life - it's part of being human! While therapy can't change the past, we can work together to redefine what those negative past experiences mean, both in your present and for your future.
You are the best expert in your own problems, and the solutions that will work for you. I believe in a very collaborationist approach, where we work together to craft the evidence-based treatments that are most appropriate for you and your problems, and that make sense for you.
We are often our own worst enemies, and our worst critic - how much time have you lost thinking something like "I'd get so much more done if I was normal!" or "I hate my brain for being like this!"? We can focus on working WITH your brain, not against it - you have strengths you're overlooking, and not every difference has to be a problem.