Hello! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor with nearly 20 years of experience as a helping professional in Virginia. I specialize in working with children, teens, and families struggling with risky/aggressive behaviors, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and lifelong psychiatric disorders, including Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and/or Schizoaffective Disorders. I also help families with young children learn to improve their ability to manage their feelings in a healthy way, solve problems, and improve communication. No matter the difficulty, I work towards partnering with clients and families to help them improve their communication, feelings of connection, and ability to manage their emotions. I walk-and-talk outside when possible, use humor in my sessions, and balance warmth and empathy with expectations for change.
I have worked with teens and children in a variety of settings around Virginia. I began my career working in wilderness residential treatment at the Discovery School, where I learned to utilize the outdoor setting and relationship building as key components of change. I have also worked with youth in day treatment and schools through Region Ten, and am currently the manager of residential services for individuals struggling with lifelong psychiatric disorders. Throughout, I strive to help my clients develop a toolbox of healthy coping strategies, look towards the positive, and set healthy and attainable goals.
I am an avid fisherman and enjoy fishing from the mountains of Virginia to the outer banks of North Carolina. My favorite way to spend free time is going on camping trips to the beach with my wife, six-year-old daughter, and three-year-old son. I work out of the Pantops-Olympia office, provide Teletherapy and walk-and-talks, and can be emailed directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.