I grew up in Boise, have blue collar roots, am a veteran, lived as a peace corps volunteer in South America, and spent time living in Asia and Africa. I've been married and have three kids. My life experiences along with working with disadvantaged youth and families in the child welfare system from diverse backgrounds has informed my sensitivity to diversity and formed my ability to adapt and meet people where they're at, with respect and a non-judgemental attitude. I see people as human first, with a need to feel seen, heard, and valued. I find myself interested in knowing how to be a bridge for the differences we see in our community. Some of my most formative experiences have come from developing my Buddhist spiritual practice and participating in 10 day silent meditation retreats with monks and being a counselor for teen mindfulness camps. Most clinical interventions I use in my practice lead back to mindfulness and training the mind for higher overall functioning.