I am a graduate of Naropa University and hold my master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. Prior to working at The Colorado Center, I was a group facilitator with the WINGS Foundation of Denver, which provides support groups for adult survivors of childhood sex abuse. I have also worked as a psychotherapist in a community-based mental health clinic in Boulder, Colorado. I currently am a board member of the Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society and remain an active member with the national group psychotherapy body, the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
I find working with individuals, groups, and couples all to be useful and appropriate at times, depending on a person's goals. I also am passionate about reducing the stigma around mental health, supporting post-traumatic growth, helping people recover from addictions, and lowering barriers to treatment that often make finding quality help a challenge. In July 2017, I became a practicing clinician with the Colorado Center for Clinical Excellence because of the intentional group culture and commitment to Feedback Informed Treatment.
In my master's degree course work I became interested in the group dynamics that perpetuate violence and aggression, and particularly sexual aggression. After having presented a thesis on the subject, I continue to expand my work in this field and offer trainings and workshops on violence and aggression in schools, team sports, and other environments.
Throughout my life, I have participated in organized, competitive athletics, including football and lacrosse at the collegiate level. There is so much benefit from participating in these cultures; there is also much harm taking place. As an undergraduate, I played inside linebacker for Division III Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA, before transferring to Limestone College in Gaffney, SC, where I played lacrosse. At Limestone, I was an All American, Captain, and Defenseman of the Year for the first national championship in the history of the university. While there, I also helped create the first journalism internship position with Spartanburg Herald Journal and won the Annie E. McClain Award for Poetry. After leaving Limestone, I began working full time and coached lacrosse and football at both the college and high school level. I still enjoy playing club lacrosse and coaching club teams at the high school level in my spare time.
I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised just south of Annapolis, MD, where much of my family still lives. As a kid, I spent a lot of time on the water crabbing and fishing the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. I moved to Colorado in 2014 and have made Denver my home. When not working as a therapist, group facilitator, or trainer, I can be found hiking the trails with my wife or in the garage bringing classic cars back to life.
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