My role as a therapist is to provide the least amount of advice as possible. Yes, there are times when I provide education here and there on what scientific research has demonstrated regarding psychology, but thats not what I mean about “advice.” If I were to give advice, I would be prescribing where each client should go in life, even down to directive questions such as “don’t you think it's a good idea to do this?” Counseling and direction are ok, but that is not my preference. What is far more healing and effective, in my opinion, is to listen closely to how each client is consciously and subconsciously directing the therapeutic path, as each individual truly does seem to know how to get to their healing—often without full awareness but with nonetheless loads of symbolism and hints through speech, body language, dreams, and the like. We both work together at discovering the path, but it is always up to the client, ultimately to reveal and direct.
For many of us, talking about our struggles can be stressful or confusing. I work hard to help each individual feel heard and understood, leaving judgment and typicality aside. We find what is true to your unique experience, and it is always you that deserves the greatest credit.
I provide a space for others to be themselves, encouraging whatever comes up to be expressed and feel understood, and reassuring each person every week to be more and more of their most true and constructive self outside the therapy room.
I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the APA accredited Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015, and my full psychologist licensure in 2017. I have worked in various trainings and practicums since 2010, including community mental health centers, a private practice, an HIV clinic, a psychiatric ER, a substance abuse center, and an inclusive spiritual retreat center. My internship and post-doctoral training were in Colorado, at University of the Rockies and the Colorado Department of Corrections. Thereafter, I moved back to Michigan, where I worked at the Michigan Department of Corrections, University of Michigan’s athletic department, a group practice at Great Lakes Psychology Group, and now in my own private practice that my wife and I started in downtown Northville and welcome therapists to join.
Specialties and Issues:
First and foremost, I specialize in walking the road with anyone who wishes to move away from wounds that have been binding and impairing, and move toward something with meaning, hope, and serenity. That is my forte, my work; it is what I do well at, and what I feel fulfillment doing. I could list what types of struggles I work well with, such as anxiety, stress, psychosis, dissociation, trauma, motivation, addiction, sleep issues, and even spiritual & paranormal issues—but these are all variations of that road we all walk. I could also mention that I have always been curious in and respectful of other cultures and viewpoints, finding the absolute perfection in diversity and uniqueness of every being, and thus tend to work well with people from a wide array of demographics—but we ourselves are all variations of a larger, more complex existence. What I am getting at is that it is not so much the type of therapy, the person, the “disorder” or struggle or affliction, or even the setting that I specialize in—its rather the type of interaction with another human being that I feel is my strong point: that is, the warm, present, authentic connection where there is absolutely no judgment, assumption, or prejudice. It is exactly this bond that is a link that takes us beneath the symptoms to find out what is actually going on. We both work to understand what has happened, and what is happening, and in our acceptance and compassion there is a space created to freely, and with motivation, find the value and worth of wellness. We take a breath and heal some, and then use that energy and continually expanding space to dive in for deeper and greater harmonization of the mind with the “soul.” I hold the belief that our symptoms, such as sadness, fear, visions and disturbance, are our allies—they are actually trying to tell us where to go, what to look at in order to recover. When we ask these signs and expressions what they are communicating, they tend to provide us clues and eventually answers as to what deep parts of ourselves need to heal.
This is why I tend to enjoy working on any issue from any client who walks in the door, be it depression, issues with attention and concentration, relational struggles, the desire for greater motivation, drug & alcohol issues, intense and complex trauma, dissociation & psychosis, OCD, anxiety, finding another path, and much more—for all these issues, believe it or not, tend to be the surface of the water. Unimaginable by our minds when we are under stress and feeling overwhelmed is the notion that the waves could calm down, much less reveal what is beneath them. Imagine that! The idea that most of us are living out our lives without any idea that there is a vast ocean of life within to be discovered & lived, just underneath the surface of ourselves, just underneath the routine of our everyday thoughts & emotions, tasks to do, and short connections with the world around us. The interesting part is that these deeper struggles that can be found in our depths, are also the source of the greatest potential to feel and experience aliveness. Where the deep waters are, there is our treasure. I always offer to clients, for those who are interested, that after we have decreased some of the toughest symptoms and learned to manage the rest, after we have found some sense of serenity and developed ways of holding strong and keeping the boat relatively steady, there is an infinite source of wisdom and life purpose to be found within each of us—a path that is unique to each person, that when found and aligned with, sets the sail for the greatest adventure one could dream up. It is ok to simply work on lessening the uncomfortable symptoms in therapy, but it is also ok to keep going.
That is the main answer to the question about what my specialty is. But, to be fair, I can answer the question in another way, with a bit briefer of an explanation than the previous: Although what I mentioned above confirms that I tend to enjoy every journey I walk with each client, this is not to say that I don’t have specific interests that highly intrigue me, and that continually update and deepen. One of my keenest pursuits during the past few years has been providing therapy for individuals who are in spiritual transitions—everything from working through deep existential questions and angst, to using meditation and dreams and relaxation techniques to learn about the deeper aspects of one’s life, to helping those who have already decided to transition out of a religion (and either toward another one or toward something even broader or less defined) do so with grace, self-acceptance, and balance. Keep in mind I have nothing against any religion or non-religion for that matter—it is simply that this is an important area of life that can affect our psychology, and so it should be talked about in the therapy room. Spiritual experiences and transitions can sometimes become a great source of both internal and relational conflict, and these issues can cause us a great deal of distress, depression, anxiety, and sometimes even psychosis—of which can intimidate many to turn back around. Much like the encouragement above, my job is to create a completely safe space to talk about these types of experiences, and then to thus make meaning out of them. For instance, sometimes spiritual rousing can even lead to paranormal experiences, such as sleep paralysis or visitations. Regardless of the debate on whether or not these experiences are “real,” it is far more important to help shed light on the discoveries about ourselves and our path that can be made from these experiences, and how we can use these discoveries for our constructive, creative, and healthy selves—for it is not so much about where we end up, but how we get there, that mostly makes us who we are, right? And guess who gets the greatest credit for that? You!
Throughout our existence, we all move through times that can bring an enormous amount of pain, anxiety, sadness, and even disturbance. Perhaps the days add up, and we end up living much of our lives in this suffering. If we hold on and search, its that deep person inside, the one just beneath the everyday routine, who can not only find the motivation to talk about these pains, but the inspiration to transform them into healing, meaning and purpose. When we take the lens and zoom in, every single one of us can find passion and vision. Joy and strength.
In the therapy room, various techniques are employed to help calm the initial distress and find ways to manage and even lessen the symptoms. After some relief is experienced, we can seek the deeper aspects of your quest in this life, as this is what truly transforms our suffering into something pure, worthwhile, and enjoyable even. We dream, create, imagine.. dusting away the routine to discover and manifest what some call destiny. For those interested, contact me at the below links...
As a director, I follow suit on how I typically think in every day life: long-term, open possibility, and with the evolution of our species in mind. Ive always experienced a deeply fulfilling curiosity and love for diversity in culture of humans and all other life forms. One of the most long-term and positive effects of becoming ones own brand is the acceptance of the celebration and absolute belief in individuality as the key to the door of human evolution. Each person provides a necessary part of the species at whole. As we've learned from biology, an ecosystem only thrives when it is diverse. Angela, the co-director and woman who gifts me with her partnership, adds similar interests to the table, along with a strong heart for truth. In order to shed light on what holds our greatest fears in flight, both internally and culturally, is to launch a shuttle into the deepest space of our self that ignites movement toward the management of our lives in ways that align with each of our unique passions, and thus toward the aligning of the fulfillment of the species at large, everyone included. Together directing Crescent Roots as both a private practice for psychotherapy and a vision of how the acceptance of a global psychology can uplift those most affected, Angela and I dance along with other movements a cooperative step forward.
As a supervisor of other therapists, I tend to see the relationship as mutually beneficial. Each person grows and becomes their self further through the interaction. Engaging in a similar Socratic and humanistic style for supervisees and colleagues with that of clients, of using curiosity through questions as a means to help empower an individual to find their own inner light of answers to the questions they were already asking themselves through thoughts, symbols, and dreams, we reach depths of individuality that, for the supervisee, is hoped can be accessed thereafter in a conscious, motivated way that provides their own direction in their careers as individuals, whether they stay with Crescent Roots or become their own brand. And whether former or latter, the voice of each of our therapists and supervisees, similarly to clients, is welcomed and encouraged and given the utmost hope and energy to become manifested.
The time is now for the dreams to align with the roots of our being.
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