Much of my practice is, and has been, focused on working with men of all ages. Our society does a poor job of equipping men with the tools and language to lead a rich, full emotional life. This has many negative effects, both in the day-to-day experience of men and in their relationships. I am passionate about making a safe space where men can get in touch with their feelings and learn new and more effective ways of expressing them. Among other things, this often involves working with and beginning to shift their relationship to anger, a strong and natural emotional that can be productive and helpful but also corrosive and destructive; for many men, getting control over their anger is a key part of building healthier, happier relationships in all arenas of life. Issues of masculinity, sexuality, dating and relationships, identity, body image, and other aspects of what it means to be a man today are central topics in this work.
I have worked with individuals facing a variety of major life transitions, including marriage, divorce, parenting, retirement, and end-of-life. I find that these turning points are times that bring strong emotions, deep fears, and threats to our identity and sense of self. Most often, these are new experiences which we don't have the experience of having survived before, and so we are confronted with our fears of the unknown and the need to find new ways of making meaning from our experiences. For many of us, we find that major life transitions make the coping skills we've developed and practiced thus far seem inadequate to these new challenges. Drawing from a strengths- and solution-based perspective, I work to help people in the midst of life transitions find a sense of stability in otherwise chaotic times and gain the confidence to move as gracefully as possible through them.