I was born and raised in a small Midwestern farm town of 1,000 people. With little to do, I spent much of my childhood exploring the outdoors. When I was 15 we moved to the far north suburbs of Chicago. I lived there for 8 years before moving to Boulder in 1994.
After struggling in my teen years with addiction and depression, I got sober in 1992 and decided to start college. I received my BA in English Literature in 1997, a MFA in creative writing from Naropa University in 2004, and my MA in counseling in 2009. At that point I had already been working in community mental health for 3 years. I had spent the previous 9 years working in the technology field in systems administration and tech support. I finally realized that the best part of that work was helping people and decided to become a therapist, which is what I originally intended to do when I started college.
In addition to being a therapist, I am a father, a writer, and an artist. I am a spiritual seeker and am always interested in other people’s experience and how spirituality and faith can play a role in healing. Creativity plays a vital part in my life and serves as a key element in the way I practice therapy.