My Background

My first career was working as a paramedic where I first learned to deeply empathize with others in the most difficult of circumstances. I have been a student of human potential for my entire adult life and desired to study human transformation after a peak experience in 2007 when the “parking brake” that was holding me back in life was released and I caught a powerful glimpse of the psychological potential in everyone.

I have studied everything I could get my hands on as far as eastern and western meditative approaches. After exhausting this search, I realized that psychotherapy has found its footing as a powerful force of change in the new millennium.

Using new neurosciences, attachment theory, trauma approaches, inter-relational approaches, emotional neuroscience, and somatic (body experiential) forms of therapy, psychotherapy is becoming more effective and efficient at deep and lasting change than the older (meditative/spiritual) approaches to change.

I studied many experiential psychotherapies and am currently being mentored by master psychotherapists in a particular school of therapy in the Maryland and D.C. regions.

I work constantly on my own mental health and growth as well, and I never practice interventions with a client that I have not experienced myself.

My Services

I provide intensive psychotherapeutic services for adolescents (generally 16 years old and up) and adults.

My focus is on working with difficult emotional experience and yielding positive emotional experiences and relational experiences.

I work with the goal to go beyond reduction in symptoms to making the way for human flourishing and deeply pro-social existing with others.

I believe that psychotherapy is not simply working with mental disease and pathology, but about transforming to the degree that others can live a life outside of the fight/flight/freeze states of stress, trauma and reactivity to realize who one truly is beyond our past conditioning.

 

My Specific Approach and What to Expect

I consider my school of psychotherapy to be a gentle experiential way of working towards change. This means that I work in the moment in a deeply mindful manner and I create a space where everything about the other is accepted and validated without any judgement.

With children, my ‘experiential’ approach tends to focus on play, art and other means of non-verbal expression with emphasis on working towards healthy relating to caregivers and how parents can help lessen their child’s negative states and anxieties.

I do not believe change and transformation can begin to happen unless the normal stresses and anxieties of a client’s everyday life are lessened or ceased, so that the psychotherapeutic space can feel good, and comfortable.

I work with almost surgical precision to assess my client’s anxieties and ability to handle the next step or intervention. I never force anything and always ask permission to try new things or explore new areas.

The most I expect from clients and their families is a willingness to explore their edge of change to the degree that this is possible and I will help with the rest.

Telemental Health

I am offering telemental health video sessions over the internet both to supplement clients who may have difficulties attending sessions in person on a regular basis and for anyone living in Maryland (telemental health can only be used state wide so far for legal purposes) who may live too far away to come to my office in Catonsville.

My work is heavily influenced by:

  • Trauma theory
  • Attachment Theory
  • New frontiers of neuroscience on the human change process
  • Positive Psychology-the psychology of human potential

 

Eye Movement Integration: a powerful technique to heal trauma

I am certified to practice Eye Movement Integration which is a very specific technique with a very specific protocol which is designed to treat traumatic experiences (car collisions, assaults, childhood abuse, war experiences…) without having to relive them.

Unlike the other techniques that I use, which come up more spontaneously to fit what is coming up with the individual client in the moment, this technique is more of a series of steps.

Healing traumatic experience in this way usually is not something to do right away in therapy. It can take time to gain a sense of safety and comfort in the space with the therapist and to develop skills and inner resources to “regulate” or keep the feelings, memories and fears from taking over.

This technique has many parallels with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and what is called “Brainspotting.” These are two other popular means of healing specific traumatic memories. There are also differences and I don’t make any claims that EMI is more guaranteed to help than Brainspotting or EMDR.

Late Cancellation and No-Show Policy

I charge $15.00 for a late cancellation which is defined as cancelling less than six hours before the appointment.

For a no-show, which is not calling about cancelling 30 minutes into the scheduled session, I charge $15.00 for the first time and $60.00 after that.

The exceptions are medical, mental health, and other emergencies such as family emergencies. Note that this applies for private insurance as it is not legal to charge these fees for medicaid insurance.

*There is always an option for automated email and text reminders that occur 24 hours ahead of session. Simply request if you would prefer email, text or both*

 

My Professional View

All Humans Have The Same Latent Power

It is not just psychotherapists who have the power to create an open, empathetic and non-judgmental space. Everyone has this power inside them, waiting to be realized.

In states of authentic relating and deep empathy, where two or more people are in emotional coordination without any one sided sympathy, judgement, or needing of something from the other, each person is transformed, as well as their way of relating to others and the world.
My hope and professional direction is to cultivate this power of transforming oneself and others so that we can positively effect the others around us.