I am eternally grateful for, and stand in awe, of the healing I have personally experienced through counseling, mindfulness practices, ayahuasca ceremony and, guided individual medicine ceremonial work. But, like many of us, I came from an atheist family that believed only in “science,” so I am deeply interested in the intersection of spirituality and emotional healing. I have been committed to helping people heal and find meaning through depth psychotherapy that is both somatic and trauma informed. My formal education in psychology and counseling were only the start of that journey. After a particularly traumatic life event I found healing in Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices. Mindfulness practice, counseling, medicine ceremony, yoga, and nature literally saved my life.
I am a mountain boy, sometimes holding ceremony in my cabin in Coal Creek Canyon in Golden Colorado. I’m an outdoorsman, so I am most at home when backpacking, fly fishing, snow sporting, and doing any other pursuits that put me in nature. I am influenced by Buddhist psychology and a pagan earth-based approach to spirituality. I am also a Navy veteran and feel grounded in a pragmatic understanding of the myriad cultural forces at work in our country. I am comfortable in my masculinity, and I have a softer underbelly that is influenced by the women in my life. Finally, I am humbled with gratitude having been gifted two amazing kids and an amazing wife who supports me in all my endeavors.
I discovered somatic psychotherapy as a way of delving deeply into the psyche and souls of human beings and I became certified in Hakomi Therapy in 2015. Around that same time I began sitting with a Columbian Taita (shaman) trained in the Kofan tradition of Yage' (Ayahuasca) ceremonies. Years ago I became certified in EMDR and began working with trauma survivors while working in the criminal justice system. Now, as a minister in private practice in Denver, I feel so privileged to accompany human beings on their journeys inward as they find healing and connection with source. My fascination with the unconscious mind, the mind-body connection, spirituality, and transformational healing has led me to my current role as minister with the Congregation for Sacred Practices.