Like all 12 year old boys on my dad’s side of the family, I was sent to work on my uncle’s cattle ranch in Wyoming for the summer. Job responsibilities included: herding cattle, throwing rocks out of fields, and moving sprinkler pipes in mosquito-infested alfalfa at 5:30 every morning. We were told that working on the ranch would build work ethic and character. You can imagine my disappointment when it occurred to me that neither of those things happened. Instead, I returned home at the end of the summer with the reaffirmation that my calling in life was to make movies, not work on a cattle ranch.
Making movies didn’t work out. After graduating from college with a degree in film, my career path took a dramatic turn when I began working in an assisted living facility for developmentally disabled adults. While developing and implementing behavioral treatment plans, I embarked on an ongoing journey to discover how to facilitate personal change and learning (I’m still simultaneously teased and driven by this question). With some guidance from a mentor and friend, I enrolled in the Counseling Psychology doctorate program at Brigham Young University.
In the past ten years, I have worked in counseling centers in Hawaii, Missouri, and Utah. For the past six years I’ve worked as an associate at Dodini Behavioral Health, specializing in men’s issues, anxiety & depression, compulsive behaviors, interpersonal communication, trauma recovery, assertiveness, ambivalence, and procrastination. I’m trained in a variety of modalities, including ACT Therapy, interpersonal process therapy, existential psychotherapy, and psychodynamic approaches (google these terms for more info!).
I believe in the basic truth that we grow and learn life’s greatest lessons in the company I strive to create an atmosphere of acceptance and non-judgment where my clients feel free to explore and gain insights into their blind spots. As I get to know my clients, I customize my approach to fit their needs, goals, and personality. My goal is to help them develop the motivation and willingness needed to take risks and confront the fears that are holding them back from living the life they want to live.of others. It is on this core philosophy that my practice is established.
When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I’m busy reading, playing video games, going to the movies, or being a gadget geek. I’m currently contemplating whether or not to add exercise to this list.