I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I am working on a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Cincinnati. Here, I am advocating within the field of counseling to promote awareness and research for psychedelic-assisted therapies. I have been interested in psychedelics, meditation, and transpersonal psychology since I was introduced to the topics as an undergraduate student in philosophy and cognitive science and have been practicing mindfulness meditation since. I enjoy bringing brain-based understandings to these areas and find neuroscience to be an equally interesting, if not valid, approach to understanding consciousness in its infinitely varying forms. I have presented on psychedelic-assisted therapy, LGBTQ+ issues, and trauma informed care at local, national, and international conferences. In my clinical work, I have practiced since 2016 in a wide variety of settings including community agencies, schools, private practice, and wilderness therapy. Most of my clinical focus has been in trauma, depression, and anxiety, though I am looking forward to being able provide integration services to those who need them as well as addressing spiritual issues with clients. I particularly enjoy working with members of the LGBTQ+ community around issues related to spirituality and spiritual trauma.
How I work with clients
In my work with clients, I aim to provide a space that is safe for them to engage with and discuss all areas of their lives but particularly those that may cause discomfort to address. To this end, I enjoy working from existential and narrative perspectives as I believe these are better able to help clients with the “big” issues in life than more cognitive-based approaches though these certainly have their place. I also draw from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), whose developer practiced Zen Buddhism for many years, to help teach mindfulness skills and acceptance of the present moment. I am also trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a more somatically-oriented approach and is particularly helpful working with trauma. Regardless of which approaches I use with my clients, I regard clients as the experts in their own lives and do my best to approach each therapeutic relationship with a beginner’s mind. I deeply value these relationships and my work with clients and consider myself to be privileged and honored to be able to do the work I do.