After completing his undergraduate degree in theatre at Florida State University (BFA), Ian decided to make a career shift. In his time as an actor and director, Ian felt drawn to find ways of benefiting people’s wellbeing more directly and consistently. Upon moving to NYC, this desire, combined with a longstanding interest in meditation, led him to the world of mindfulness education. Through his work as a mindfulness educator (primarily with adolescents and young adults), Ian further realized the change promoting power of interpersonal relationships and now has a Masters of Science in Education at Hunter College in Mental Health Counseling.
Ian has led classes at MNDFL Meditation Studio as a community teacher (where he received his 500-hour teacher training) and served as the mindfulness programs coordinator at Amal Alliance (Amal is an organization focused on offering social-emotional resources to displaced children and refugees in Lebanon and Greece). He completed past fieldwork at Aristotle’s Psychological, a private practice in Queens. As a therapist, Ian is passionate about incorporating mindfulness-based approaches as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), and Person-Centered interventions to best meet the client’s needs. Ian has a particular interest in working with individuals experiencing anxiety and panic disorders and those who identify as LGBTQ+.
Outside of clinical and educational settings, Ian enjoys reading, making music, listening to music, hiking, running and spending time with family (chosen and otherwise).