I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor. I specialize in treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, and relationships for adults, teens, and couples. I additionally focus on working with men and teenage boys. I work with everyone from people looking for a little help or growth in their life to those that have suffered from lifelong mental health problems.
I have had an interest in counseling since high school, where I was a peer counselor and mentor for at-risk youth. I found counseling very rewarding and eventually pursued it as an occupation.
Credentials, Education, and Associations
Licensed Professional Counselor, 2015- Present
MA in Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado Denver, Clinical Mental Health Specialty, 2012
BM, University of Denver, Music Performance 2001
American Counseling Association, 2010-Present
The Colorado Counseling Association, 2011- Present
Previous and Additional Professional Experience
In addition to my private practice, I lead two groups at The Wellness Treatment Center, an intensive outpatient program for depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. I facilitate a group on goal setting and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention every week. Noeticus Counseling Center from 2012 to 2013, where I provided individual and group counseling. I served as the coordinator for their Dialectical Behavior Therapy program, managing group facilitators and developing policy guidelines. I also co-created and lead a class based on Pragmatic and Experiential Therapy for Couples.
I began counseling at The University of Colorado Denver’s Counseling Center, providing counseling to students and community members in 2011.
I believe it is essential for any counselor to have also been a client. I have done my own therapy off and on with a number of therapists for 15 years, including group and family counseling. I became interested in mindfulness practices in 2006. Since then, I have participated in a cumulative 2 months of group and solos weeklong silent retreats. I’ve pursued many other avenues of personal growth, including physical fitness, athletics, philosophy, and spirituality.
Previous Career Experience
In addition to my counseling career, I’ve been a professional musician and private instructor for the past 20 years, specializing in jazz, theater, and popular music. I played full-time until 2012, and continue limited performances when I’m not counseling.
I play two instruments, the electric bass guitar and double bass. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the Lamont School of Music at The University of Denver. Following my undergraduate, I attended the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles for two summers, where I performed and studied with multiple Grammy award-winning musicians and studio musicians. Highlight performances included Diana Krall at the Hollywood bowl and jazz master Herbie Hancock.
Since then, I have performed with many of Denver’s top musicians, including Colorado Hall of Fame musician Lannie Garrett and saxophonist Nelson Rangell. I have also performed Broadway shows at the Buell Theatre, including “Wicked”, “Spamalot”, and “Billy Elliot.”
During my musical career, I spent half my time as a private instructor. This is a large reason I became a therapist, as the close one-on-one helping relationship of music instruction is similar to the counseling process. I’ve incorporate many of the insights I have garnered through teaching music into my counseling, and vice versa.