About My Clients
“The problem is the problem. The person is not the problem.” (Michael White, 1989) I am a relational therapist, group & mindfulness facilitator, educator with a 27+ year career dedicated to companioning individuals & families standing up to challenges in health, healing, grief & loss, life transitions. Many need bolstering facing life’s difficult problems - cancer, grief, dogging mood states (circular worry, anxiety/panic, depression), "urban loneliness," coming out, special-needs parenting.
My Background and Approach
Illness & trauma often upend one's life & can disrupt an entire family. No one need move through major loss & life transitions lost and alone. We collaborate to make adjustments, restore forgotten strengths, find preferred living & directions forward. Master of Social Work degree; Proud clinical social worker. SW core values: service, social justice, dignity & worth of persons, integrity, competence. Mindfulness & oncology certifications. My respectful style ensures that people are situated as experts in their own lives & holds that “The problem is the problem. The person is not the problem.” (Michael White, 1989, Narrative Therapy co-creator) With co-created perspectives (restoring forgotten knowledges & wisdoms individuals & families already possess), authentic compassion & dignifying curiosity, and dedication to excellent therapeutic care & professional growth, I am here for you & share your desire for ease, clarity, support, adjustment, growth, insights, restoration & renewal.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Life is lived in intersecting local (personal/familial), community, institutional & societal cultures & discourses. Identifying the multiple internal & external influences on identity, agency, power & privilege we operate under is essential when standing up to problems, revitalizing existing strengths & recruiting new, needed supports. Individuals & families benefit from sharing their stories specifically about problems & ALSO broadly about strengths, who they are, their lives, remembered & forgotten histories, knowledges, identities & wisdoms. Our work facilitates clarity, adjustment, re-storying, empowerment & deepening self-understanding while centralizing your personal knowledges & preferred values-based living. Black lives matter. As a white man, I am working to unlearn anti-Black influences & subvert white supremacist systems. I stand for pro-Black, anti-racist ideals. As a gay man, I know oppression. I listen for oppression (LGBTQ+, religious, gender...) Therapy can be fun too!