Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist -
I work with adult clients that feel stuck but still want to build more confidence, more inner peace, and harmonious relationships. I enjoy empowering people to trust in themselves and in their partners. I collaborate best with folks who are smart and creative, spiritual but not necessarily religious. Some have been minorities (e.g., immigrants, LGBTQ+, etc.). Many have been professionals. More have been feminists and progressives. Most have struggled with anxiety and depression. All have proven themselves resilient!
I focus on building emotional trust and safety with my clients. I mainly practice Person-Centered Therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy. I find both approaches work very well in teletherapy. I may also incorporate skills-training, such as visualization, meditation, and breath-work. Most clients see improvement within the first eight sessions.
I graduated from Earlham College with a major in Classical Studies and a minor in Religious Studies. Afterward, I spent several years at the Earlham School of Religion, studying reconstructive postmodernism, peace and justice issues, and spiritual direction. I left to pursue my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University, where I met my beloved wife.
Since 2011, I have worked with individuals, couples, and families–as a counselor at a substance use hospital, as an outpatient therapist in community mental health, as a home-based therapist helping to reunify families, and as a counselor using EMDR to help heal survivors of crimes, such as domestic violence. I’ve been in my own private practice since 2019, where I particularly enjoy helping individuals and couples heal from anxiety and depression and to improve their relationships.
I’m a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a board member of the state division, the Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT). I believe it’s important to keep IAMFT sustainable, to advocate for MFTs throughout the state, and to be in communication with other mental health professions–as befits a systemic thinker. I’m also a member of Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling (QPCC). I’ve been a guest lecturer on Marriage and Family Therapy theory in several classes at Butler University and would like to work also as an adjunct professor.
In my spare time, I enjoy finding new ways to avoid washing dishes, debating whether to get a doctorate, pining to play Dungeons & Dragons, and very occasionally jogging (plodding, really) around my neighborhood, where I live with my wife and our fur-baby–a seventy-pound pit-mix, named Dover.
Skills and Expertise
Person Centered Therapy