My highest credential and influence as a therapist has always been informed by and grounded by my own recovery and dedication to healing. My work in the field began with my desire to understand and experience more from life and the recovery process. I received training and experience from some of the original figures in substance abuse treatment in Louisville, KY and I am forever grateful for the mentors that have supported and guided me in becoming the therapist and man that I am today. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate. I attended the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work where I received a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2012 and a Master’s in Science in Social Work in 2014 with a specialization in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. My work in the field first began while under supervision for alcohol and drug counseling in 2008 as a volunteer co-facilitating groups at Certified Counseling Services and teaching classes at Volunteers of America.
One of my first positions in the field that shaped me as a therapist was my work at St. Vincent de Paul of Louisville. I began as an intern, and eventually became employed as the Programs Manager developing and overseeing the men’s overnight and transitional living facility. During my time at St. Vincent de Paul I designed, created, and implemented the “ER Program” (Emergency Recovery Program), which was a free long-term residential treatment program for indigent men struggling with substance addiction and co-occurring disorders. My work with these men led the opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and experience with trauma related disorders and the utilization of some of the most advanced experiential therapeutic modalities in substance addiction treatment. The success rates in this program confirmed that such techniques are highly effective and have been missing in our current treatment models.
Several years later I began working at the Morton Center, which gave me the experience in working more closely with individuals, couples, and families, in addition to groups. It was in this role that I expanded upon work in Family Systems, Family Roles, and Attachment Related Trauma. During this time, I completed training in EMDR Therapy and began my advanced certification in Trauma and Sex Addiction.
Throughout my years in the field I have had a passion for speaking and teaching and have been asked to present to various client and professional groups as an expert on substance addiction. I have also trained in Brenē Brown’s shame and resiliency work, Various Psychodynamic Therapies, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Family Constellations Work, and have been a participant and leader in the work of The Mankind Project for 10 years.
It is my desire to bring all my experience and training into my work with clients to provide the most effective and lasting transformation possible.