Starting any new process is not easy. Let alone one that requires much trust, risk and vulnerability. Because who you choose to work with is crucial, I want you to make the best choice for you. Trust your gut! But if you still feel unsure after reading through this site, book a FREE CONSULT with me and that may help.
Though I’ve called Nashville home since just after 9-11, Long Island is my birthplace. But with my deep paternal southern roots it’s felt right down here from day one. In 1992 I received a B.A. in English Lit from Clark University, and in 2000 a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from New York University. NYU in particular offered me a growth experience like no other, one I credit with equipping me to respond effectively to most any human struggle. The years between I spent as a recording and touring musician. From waiting tables and grimy clubs to record deals and a few big stages, it was a beautiful if fraught time of life. It taught me a ton about who I am, who I’m not, about interpersonal dynamics, and also shaped my view of change/growth as both inside job and co-creative process.
Along with psychology, music, and some other near-obsessional passions I’m a lifetime student of the world’s great spiritual, philosophical, metaphysical and esoteric wisdom traditions. The intersection of modern psychology, science, shamanic and mythological traditions, consciousness and afterlife studies, and the entire range of exceptional human experiences/abilities is all part of my quest to better comprehend– and operate in harmony with– the interconnected nature of all things. I believe this pursuit aids me in helping people see themselves, others, and the world with new eyes; as an infinite part of a greater, sacred whole– one where no one plays an insignificant role. Accordingly, I see the ultimate aim of the therapy as reaching a greater understanding of one’s true self and purpose in the grand scheme of life.
The pursuit of therapy began for me personally in my early twenties, and professionally after exiting the relative insanity of the music business. I credit my ongoing personal work with helping me access my Self beneath the rubble of unexpressed childhood grief, depression and some rather epic identity crisis. I credit it further with inspiring and awakening me to my evolving life’s purpose, and just about all else I’ve been able to create and sustain.
For good reasons, I’m a believer in this stuff. And I think that’s a good thing!
On the purely professional front, after volunteering with home-bound elderly and gathering unparalleled experience during field placements working with children, families and adults battling substance abuse, I worked in addictions, psychiatry, and community mental health settings in both New York and Tennessee. In 2005 I was presented with a Distinguished Service Award by the Division of Community Psychiatry at Vanderbilt, which was a great honor.
I opened my own practice in 2007 to work in my own way with adults, older teens, and the elderly on the entire range of problems in living and loving (with a few exceptions). I also offer more brief consultation services (via phone, secure video or in-person) for those, including mental health professionals, not necessarily desiring or needing to make a longer commitment to therapy.
If you’re ready, I look forward to meeting YOU where you are on your path.