I have been working with clients since 2000, in a private practice setting since 2002, and received my license to practice independently in 2006.
Even before I was licensed, I was training graduate students, clinicians, and other professionals based on specialized education, training, and experience working with men and women involved in abusive relationship dynamics.
Though I work with relatively few domestic violence cases in my private practice now, these years and thousands of hours of working with intense people and situations has formed in me an ability to manage and contain conflict readily and to identify root causes that are effecting relationships.
I was fortunate to have supervisors and mentors from early on that have informed how I work in addition to how I think and live in general.
From 2008 until 2014, I founded and ran the Center for Personal & Relational Development, a state-wide non-profit which provided affordable counseling to the public along with required employment and supervision for pre-licensed clinicians.
I came to this work through having been a “mannie” for several families over the course of six years. I am still close with some of them, over twenty-five years later. My love and affinity for children and young people is ongoing and runs deep. I find it most gratifying to help parents find solutions and styles that help them realize their parenting potential.
On the side, my buddy and I invented a product that is the basis of a business called CatScapes. My responsibilities there require me to limit the number of therapy clients I see each week, but the balance is a welcome and rewarding one.