How did you get started doing this type of work?
As a teenager I found wisdom from my religious tradition, contemplative practices, and mentors really changed my life. I found that those relationships where I was listened to and validated along with practices that helped me to change my thinking and perspective gave me confidence, strength, focus, and clarity I lacked. I experienced and saw a great need for understanding and helping those who had experieced severe abuse and others with mood and psychotic illnesses. These problems went beyond what training I was exposed to. I have sought to find what wisdom and traditions in religion, philosophy, and the sciences could offer in helping individuals and families suffering from mental illness.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You want to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with, is qualified, and has a number of therapies and theories that they can pull from to find what is helpful for empowering you in resolving your own issues. If one therapist is not right for you then be sure to try someone else because not every therapist is helpful with every person or problem. I hope to meet you and we can get a feel for this in the first session~ you can even give me a call to talk over the phone before you come in.