Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Masters degree in Social Work from Arizona State University 2010 Summa Cum Laude
Private Practice Psychotherapist
Co-author of ‘Why Teens Fail - What to Fix.’ (A book for parents facing tough issues with their teens. Topics range from communication to dating to trauma to technology to self-defense.)
Level II Certified Facilitator Trauma Release Exercises (TRE).
Past Vice-President of Gylanic Education Trust. (A nonprofit dedicated to providing children with safety from sexual/physical abuse.
Past Board member of ‘Be the One’ LLC. (A collaborative panel of experts from varying professional fields dedicated to empowering parents of teens through workshop presentations, publications, and counseling.)
I began work as a Private Practitioner upon graduation. In September 2011 I was hired as a Behavior Specialist at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School in Chandler, AZ. There I provided services for troubled/underprivileged youth, wrote treatment plans for students in and out of the classroom, collaborated services with CPS, and provided education to the school personnel regarding healthy/safe behavior practices. I wrote curriculum and facilitated the group ‘Healthy Strategies’ for students with special emotional needs. I also ran the 21st Century afterschool program. During this time my colleagues and I co-authored 'Why Teens Fail - What To Fix.' My interest continued to grow in relation to helping adolescents manage distressing circumstances of life. Over the years I have streamlined my practice to focus efforts on teens, couples, addiction and trauma. I also hold regular Trauma Release Exercise classes.
The Lack of Healthy Connection seems to be the common thread in so many of the lives of those I work with. I present around the country on various topics. This pulls a passionate part of me up to the surface. I feel grateful to be in collaboration with so many wonderful people.
I enjoy my work. It pushes me.
I love music. I miss playing live music… but I am thoroughly enjoying watching my son and his band rock out.
My wife and I have been married nearly 20 years. We have one 16 year old son… and a baby girl on the way. Surprise! I consider myself blessed beyond measure.