It's great to meet you
I know it's possible to navigate anxiety and self-doubt because I've done it myself. I had my first encounter with anxiety after college, working in high-pressure public relations for Fortune 500 companies. When it was time for me to change careers, I knew I wanted to help others overcome anxiety and uncertainty just as my counselor helped me.
I graduated from Smith College, one of the first social work schools in the country to specialize in mental health treatment. Since then, the majority of my career has been spent working with adults, including as a post-master's fellow at NCSU's counseling center. My most recent role was at the Institute for Advanced Analytics, where I provided counseling for anxiety, imposter syndrome, stress, and life transitions to master's degree students. I provided workshops on imposter syndrome and led classes teaching mindfulness skills to combat stress and anxiety. I also hold a certificate in business and professional coaching through NC State, which helps me work with adults to define and achieve goals that enhance their personal and professional development.
I understand from personal experience how relationships, parenthood, career, and other big transitions can shake up your world and your confidence. I've been there, and I want you to know lots of capable people have these feelings. I love helping adults navigate new experiences that can feel overwhelming and intimidating, and learn to believe in themselves in the process. I look forward to the possibility of helping you.
I believe in being genuine in a counseling session. If I expect you to be real with me, then I think you deserve the same. That means I'll often tell you what I’m thinking, why I’m asking a certain question, and will respectfully challenge your thinking when appropriate.
I'm direct, but not pushy. You're the expert on you- my training as a counselor and professional development coach simply helps you see things from new perspectives so you're in an ideal position to solve your own problems.
Counseling doesn’t always have to be serious either. My clients frequently say they enjoy my ability to balance a casual style of discussion with the gravity of the concerns they are facing.
On a Personal Note...
When I'm not counseling, I'm usually busy being a dad to my daughters, aged three and five years old (I spend a lot of time at Marbles Kid's Museum). I'm a serial hobbiest, and previous hobbies include oil painting ala Bob Ross, curling (the sweeping-rocks-on-ice sport), adventure travel, and home automation. I grew up in Iowa, spent my 20s in Boston, and now live in Cary with my wife and family.
Masters of Social Work with a Mental Health Concentration - Smith College
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (NC license # C012638)
Post-Master's Fellow - North Carolina State University Counseling Center
Certificate in Business and Professional Coaching - North Carolina State University
ICF-trained Professional Development Coach
Member, North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)