MY APPROACH TO THERAPY
My approach to therapy is focused on the individual, to listen well, and build a strong relationship that helps you feel valued, heard, and accepted.
Therapy is a process, and in that process my job is to help identify your strengths as well as your hurts, to help you process that which is holding you back, and to help develop your passions and path forward.
My work is rooted in an existential, humanistic, and depth framework, which is aimed at slowing down and truly understanding the way in which you are experiencing life. From this understanding we can then work together to find ways to pursue that which is most meaningful to you. I also incorporate tools, and techniques from other approaches when appropriate. These include acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and emotion focused therapy. No one fits perfectly into any one technique or approach. My main focus is in being client-centered, and following your lead to explore what is most present in the moment.
Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, feelings of meaninglessness, or conflict in your relationships, i'm here to support you.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
- Carl Rodgers
For my graduate studies I attended Northwest University and received a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am licensed to do therapy throughout Washington State as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA # MC.61177644). Before this I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology through the University of North Dakota.
My clinical experience has consisted of working with families, couples, individuals, and adolescents who had been impacted by complex traumas, PTSD, anxiety, depression, identity concerns and crises, suicidal ideation, grief, and loss, as well as academic and career issues. With this experience I have shifted my focus to working with individuals and developing my interest of integrating the topics of meaning, purpose, and identity into the process of helping people identify, and achieve the changes and healing they want in their lives.
It has been the convergence of many different life experiences that has brought me to the field of therapy. I have always found myself interested in the field of psychology, but while completing my undergraduate degree I began to feel less drawn toward the insulated academic side of psychology and more interested in how these dynamics played out in the real world. I found myself asking, “how can what I am learning here be used to help with the suffering I have seen in myself as well as those around me?” Ultimately, it has been my own therapy that has had the largest effect on my career journey. For me, nothing can replace experiencing firsthand the overcoming of anxieties, the increase in self-confidence, and the move toward living more authentically that I found through therapy.
When not in the office I am likely enjoying time with my wife and three kids. I try my best to be outdoors with our sheepadoodle, Norah, whether that’s through running, biking, or hiking. I also enjoy reading and learning more about the ways psychology, philosophy, and psychotherapy intersect.
Some of my favorite book recommendations include Mans Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate, 12 Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson, Iron John by Robert Bly, and Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson.
Northwest University, MA in Mental Health Counseling
University of North Dakota, BA in Psychology
Currently working towards a certification in Existential Analysis through the Center for Existential Analysis & Logotherapy.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate: MC61177644
50 minute Therapy Session: $130
90 minute Therapy Session: $230
* I offer a limited number of sliding scale spots for those who cannot afford my regular rate.
I do not accept insurance at this time. I can provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement as an out of network service. Please check with your provider to see what their reimbursement policy is.