My formation and training as a psychotherapist has consisted of:

  • Working as a psychotherapist with individuals and couples in private practice.
  • Supervising clinical mental health counselors and associates.  
  • Training and supervision in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy by AEDP Institute faculty.
  • Balint Group Leadership Training Intensive years 2015 and 2017.
  • Authored chapter 13 in Psychotherapy for the Other - exploring the implications of Levinas' ethical phenomenology for the practice of psychotherapy.  
  • Working as a psychotherapist and clinical case manager to the severely and chronically mentally ill from 2006 to 2011 for Navos Mental Health Solutions, a community mental health agency in King County.
  • Master of Arts in Psychology degree in the Existential-Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology program at Seattle University.
  • Exposure to the values and principles of spiritual direction at Spiritual Directors International's annual international conferences on spiritual direction, years 2005, 2006, and 2007.
  • Four years of intensive training in the Triratna Buddhist Community in the U.S. and England from 2001 to 2005. On-going study and practice with the Triratna Buddhist Community as part of the ordination process.  
  • Five months in India studying modern expressions of Buddhist spirituality and culture.
  • B.A. in Psychology with a Clinical Emphasis from Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana.

I spent four years in men's encounter groups with the Triratna Buddhist Community, working through spiritual and psychological issues with other like-minded men. I was fortunate to be able to attend multiple meditation and study retreats, of a week to two weeks long, with extended periods of silence and meditation practice.  

An important aspect of my training has been my personal therapy, as well as my on-going supervision / consultation.  My time as a client has given me direct experience of the personal and relational changes possible in therapy and serves to keep me processing my own emotional and relational responses so I can maintain my presence and awareness in service of my patients.

I have had training and practice in using:

  • Existential-analysis: Based in existentialism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and analytic clinical theory, existential-analysis is a depth psychotherapy that analyzes and describes a person's being-in-the-world, helping develop a deeper awareness of choice, freedom, responsibility, and authenticity.  Gestalt therapy and experiential therapy both grew out of the existential-phenomenological approach. 
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy: AEDP is a transformative psychodynamic therapy model that emphasizes the importance of processing positive emotional and relational experiences thereby activating their healing potential.
  • Contemplative Psychology: as taught by Karuna Training, based in Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist principles and contemplative practices, the practice helps us develop our brilliant sanity, and our compassion for self and others.  
  • Abhidharma: a phenomenological examination of mental events growing out of the Buddhist meditative and contemplative tradition.
  • Mindfulness meditation: for developing moment-to-moment awareness, useful for choosing new directions in life.
  • Loving-kindness meditation: for increasing positive emotion, happiness, compassion, joy, forgiveness, and deep peace. This meditation is said to give the practitioner the blessings of being beloved of fellow humans and animals, protection from harm inflicted by others, beauty, pleasant dreams, and a peaceful mind.
  • Tonglen meditation: for using compassion and unconditional loving-kindness to allow pain, suffering, and stuckness to soften our hearts and open us to our potential for empathy and freedom.  
  • Chöd practice: as taught by Lama Tsultrim Allione, the practice helps us to face our demons and transform them into allies.  
  • Shinrin-Yoku: the healing Japanese-inspired practice of forest bathing.  A slow walk through the woods, breathing in the forest's aromatic medicinal exhalations, brings deep connection to the earth and many health benefits.
  • Balint Groups: a group consultation model, from the psychoanalytic tradition, for health care providers to deepen their understanding of the clinician-patient relationship.  
  • Gendlin's Focusing techniques: a process for exploring the body-mind experience that elucidates new experience and meaning.
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy: one of the most effective therapeutic techniques for couples seeking deeper intimacy.
  • Non-Violent Communication: a communication and mediation tool.
  • The Examen: a Jesuit practice of examining periods of consciousness, seeking clarity about one's experience of gratitude.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy: a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach that is in part a blending of psychology and Zen Buddhist wisdom. 
  • Motivational Interviewing: a dialogue technique designed to help people reach their goals, motivated by the reasons that speak to them; great for overcoming chemical and process addictions.

contact:    (206) 651-5439