I Have to Admit it: I'm a Little Different.

I'm not your typical therapist:

I sometimes joke about myself and say that depending on your perspective, I'm either "experienced and smart" or "old and nerdy". And to be honest, I'm afraid that if family, friends, and colleagues took a vote, "old and nerdy" would win.

How I came to be this way:

I'm the result of an unusual combination of influences. Who I am, and my approach to my work emerged from the blending of my accumulated life experiences, my formal and informal education, and my own unique (some would say odd) interests and aptitudes.

For example, I've always been driven to try to understand the big picture, and at the same time I've always felt compelled to study things in excruciating detail. While that's been a tough combination at times, it has forced me to organize my life experience and education into what I believe is a fairly comprehensive (and fairly rare) way of understanding human nature.

The following list includes some of the highs and lows of my life that were woven into my understanding of human nature through that "study the big picture in excruciating detail" process mentioned above.

Early life experience:
  • my own childhood
  • early educational experiences
Business experience:
  • great business education
  • fairly successful twenty-year business career
  • experiences facilitating almost 200 seminars and workshops
Personal experience:
  • a failed marriage
  • being a father
  • experiences as a psychotherapy patient
  • significant conflict with my siblings
  • deaths of both parents
  • a second marriage (a good one this time!)
Learning about us human beings:
  • great psychology education
  • emphasis on psychodynamic psychology
  • emphasis on psychoanalytic psychology
  • more experiences as a psychotherapy patient!
  • experiences as a psychotherapist

I know, that's a lot! (and you don't know the half of it) And, as you can imagine, I haven't always had the feelings of peace and contentment about my life that I often experience now.

Why all of this might matter to you:

It feels really strange to be talking so much about myself, so let me bring this back to you. If you're like most people who call me, you really just want to feel better and have a good life. So, I'm hoping that by sharing about myself in this way, you might be getting a sense that I'd be a good person to help you do that.

I'll be happy to help:

It would be an honor to have the opportunity to help, and I promise to work hard to help you in every way possible. Please feel free to give me a call.

My phone number is 847-382-0600.