Thank you for visiting my profile! I'm a professional counselor and full-time professor of counselor education at a local university.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia
I often work with men who have never learned how to express healthy emotions. Our culture is surrounded by unrealistic ideals of masculinity, many of which are indeed "toxic" to our own development and well-being. As a former Army Infantry Officer and State Trooper, I have over a decade of first-hand experience related to living in hyper-masculine spaces, and can help men of all walks of life find a better way forward without compromising true masculine ideals.
I am a former youth minister, as well as a wilderness field instructor for Outward Bound, where I worked exclusively with troubled teens. I connect well with teenagers by treating them like equals, challenging them to grow, and empathizing with their unique developmental needs and considerations.
I'm a former Army infantry officer who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 10th Mountain Division from 2006-2007. I'm a graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School, U.S. Army Airborne School, and U.S. Army Air Assault School. I left the service with an Honorable Discharge at the rank of Captain (O3), where my final duty posting was as the Commanding Officer of an Airborne Company in the Rhode Island National Guard.
This is the heart of much modern-day counseling. Any efficient counselor should be able to confidently state their expertise in the Rogerian qualities of empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard.
I have a background in wilderness therapy and outdoor behavioral health. I have hopes of beginning the first active wilderness therapy program for teens (not counting substance use programs) in the state of Virginia within the next 5 years.
I am well-versed in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and this is the basic format I use with most clients, as it is versatile, balanced, and well-suited for a generalist's needs.