I am the proud father of four children ages 12-16. I have two daughters from my first marriage and gained a son and another daughter with my second marriage. Our blended family has learned to overcome many challenges in our 8 years together. My practice is based in Northeast Portland, near Alameda, Beaumont, Sabin, Grant, Laurelhurst, Madeleine, Irvington, Beverly Cleary, Rigler, and Faubion schools. When I have time to myself I enjoy cycling, doing metal art and watching my children play.
Philosophy & Approach
Therapy is a unique relationship between client and counselor. Our work together will empower you to make the changes you are so courageously seeking. We will explore all of the relationships and systems that are impacting your life to build hope for the future that you want. This process will only work when you feel the safety and security within our relationship that will allow you to explore these relationships and systems in the most honest and straight forward way. I have personal experience to go with my academic training in building relationships with Individuals, Families, Couples and Children. My years of parenting, coaching, working at camp Ukandu and serving on several volunteer boards have taught me to strive to understand where others are coming from and meet them where they are. Understanding your perspective will be vital to how we work towards building the change you’re searching for. I bring a sensitive yet strong male perspective with an open mind intended to meet all clients where they are in the moment. Sometimes this can mean bringing an awareness to various power dynamics and perceived inequities within the relationship.
Formal Education & Training
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University. I worked in the business world building relationships for seventeen years before deciding to pursue counseling. I received my Masters in Marriage Couple and Family Counseling from George Fox University. I have received special training in Play Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Training, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, Jungian Archetypes and Sandtray Therapy. I look forward to working with you.
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