I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH10873) in the State of Florida and am trained in a variety of therapeutic and counseling approaches, techniques and mental health assessment. I am also a current member of the American Counseling Association, which is a professional association dedicated to promoting ethical standards in mental healthcare practice.
For the past 11 years I have had a strong interest in working in mental health, and about nine years ago I decided to pursue this interest as a career. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and gained experience working with clients of varying age, gender, sexual orientation, faiths, education, ethnicity, and cultural background. I have provided psychotherapy and counseling within a variety of settings, including personal and career counseling centers and an alcohol/drug treatment facility. Additionally, I have experience working with several populations and groups, including adults, young adults, college students, athletes, multicultural groups, those in recovery from alcohol/drug dependence, and LGBTQ individuals.
I consider myself a mental healthcare generalist, and therefore use a combined or integrated psychotherapeutic approach, incorporating aspects of the person-centered, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), solution focused and interpersonal process psychotherapeutic approaches. Further, I have experience addressing a variety of concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, abuse, identity development, spiritual matters, stress, low self-esteem, relationship issues, performance, and career development. For a full listing of concerns that I often address, my specialties and services, please click here or visit the services section of my site.
I am also trained in accelerated resolution therapy, which is an evidence-based psychotherapeutic technique that has been demonstrated to help individuals heal from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, panic attacks, grief/loss, and issues related to abuse (physical, sexual, etc.).
As with any therapist, I believe that my life experiences, both successes, and hardships, have shaped my therapeutic work. I’ve known the challenges and pressures of being the youngest child in a large family system; the retail and higher education worlds of work (including layoffs, financial cutbacks/constraints and office politics); caring for family members with special needs, struggling from poor health, and experiencing active addictions; being part of a multicultural family system; navigating the college experience; making career changes and many other stressors that can make life difficult. Additionally, as a husband and father, I have experienced the many joys and challenges that accompany marriage and parenting.
In addition to my practice, I currently serve as a licensed counselor at the University of North Florida Student Counseling Center and teach undergraduate courses for the Department of Psychology at Jacksonville University and College of Education at the University of North Florida.
I am a long-time resident of Florida. My family and I consider Jacksonville our home, and I look forward to being able to give back to and support this community.