I believe therapy is most effective and impactful when a strong foundation of trust, non-judgement, and unconditional positive regard has been built between the client and therapist. This foundation allows clients to feel both safely supported as well as challenged – an environment that can be difficult to find in everyday life.
My path to becoming a therapist is less traditional than most. I have spent over a decade of my career as a college wrestling coach and many years as an athlete. My career as a coach has given me practice helping individuals identify their values, set goals, overcome setbacks and continue to move forward. Throughout my time as a coach and athlete, I have also been immersed in areas of high-performance, competitive environments, men’s health, masculinity and the cultural underpinnings that exist in these spaces.
In my work with clients, I draw on a number of theoretical orientations including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Client Centered Therapy and Mindfulness. I believe that understanding the relationship between our emotions, thoughts and actions will help us see the way we habitually relate to ourselves and others. With this knowledge comes the capacity to make the internal and external changes necessary to reach our goals.
I received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Gardner-Webb University. I am currently completing my Masters of Education (Ed. M.) in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time in New York City’s parks and riding the subway to local beaches. Tough workouts bring me a lot of satisfaction. I am usually reading something from a rotation of genres including classic fiction, personal psychology, Jungian psychology and mindfulness. I enjoy journaling my recent thoughts on personal psychology, sports psychology, nutrition and fitness.