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“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

                                          — Joseph Campbell

I am an American living and working in Mies, Switzerland, outside of Geneva in the Canton of Vaud.  I am a psychodynamic counselor and coach  to adolescents, adults, couples and families.  

I originally obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas in 1987.  I spent 4 years working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues.  I worked in private inpatient facilities, as well as state-funded community inpatient and outpatient health centers.  I came to the realization that I lacked the life experience and maturity to effectively meet people where they were and hold a safe space for them to heal and grow.  As such, I decided to leave the field.

Over the next 15 years, I obtained a law degree and a Master’s in business administration from the University of Cincinnati.  I worked first in law, later transitioning into business management.  I spent 7 years working for, co-owning and eventually running a private aviation company.  During this time, I also married and became the father of 3 children. In 2005, I sold my portion of the business.  I became a stay-at-home father to my children who were 3 ½, 2 and 6 months old, and have spent the last 12 years being their primary parent.  In 2016, we moved to Geneva, Switzerland, and I completed a Master in Counseling from The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

I have now come full circle in my passion and commitment to help people heal and grow.  Over the last 30 years, I have gained the life experience and education to work with people in various stages of life facing many types of challenges, adversity and transitions.   I have been married 23 years, am raising three adolescents, worked in different professions and industries and am in my second expat experience.  If you feel so inclined, I hope to have the opportunity to work with you on your journey towards meaning, connection and vitality.

Education

M.A. in Counseling, Northwestern University
M.B.A., University of Cincinnati
J.D., College of Law, University of Cincinnati
B.A., Psychology, University of North Texas

Professional Organizations

American Counseling Association
International Association of Counselors
International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
American Mental Health Counselors Association

“There is nothing more important on our spiritual path than developing gentleness to oneself.”

                                          — Pema Chodron