Kids (10-12), Adolescents (13-18), College (19-22), and Young Adults (20s).
Emotional Regulation, ADD/ADHD, Compulsive Technology Use (social media, video games, etc.) School Anxiety, Academic Pressure, Sports Performance, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, Communication, Grief/Loss, Masculinity.
I’ve struggled through school most of my life. It wasn’t until my graduate degree at Loyola University in my late 20’s that I realized I could perform well academically. I recognize that poor grades often reflect unseen environmental influences that can have a tremendous impact on a child’s self-image. My aim as a therapist is to provide a space for high school students, college students, and young adults to get in touch with their ambition, ability to dream, and capacity for self-disciplined through establishing an authentic relationship built on trust.
In my early 20’s I spent four years practicing Zen Buddhism in a monastic setting. While studying Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University in my late 20’s, I reconnected to my Christian heritage and can offer a unique perspective of eastern and western religious and psychological thought based on a client’s needs. My Zen teacher once said, “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” these are the guiding words I follow to establish a relationship with a client.
At the collegiate level, I earned a sports scholarship and played Division II water polo. I’ve always been a student-athlete and firmly believe that sports, arts, or any cultured discipline that offers a path to self-actualization can be a tremendous blessing in life. I’ve spent time working with collegiate athletes at Stanford University and local high school athletes to develop their emotional intelligence, mindfulness, resiliency, and leadership skills. I coached high school water polo at Loyola Academy for five years. As an athlete, I’ve undergone five major surgeries and can empathize with how impactful an operation can be at a young age. Sports taught me that hard work and being a good person are fundamental requirements to enjoying a blessed and meaningful life.
For the last five years, I worked at Misericordia Home as a fitness instructor and ministry coordinator with adults with developmental disabilities. I completed my internship as a mental health counselor at Replogle Center for Wellbeing and Counseling, working with young adults with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and life transitions.
My goal as a counselor is to establish a trusting and authentic relationship with my client. Once a respectful space is created, I look to witness the inner world of my client and work to contribute and integrate a life-affirming narrative to the client’s life story.
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