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 more than 20 years, I have had a strong interest in working in mental health, and while in college 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 college courses for the Department of Psychology at Jacksonville University and 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.