I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). I work with adult individuals, couples, and groups in private practice.
My commitment to this work is born out of my own healing. A grandchild of Holocaust survivors and refugees, I was born into a body and family carrying the vulnerabilities of intergenerational trauma. For much of my life, I suffered from various physical ailments, anxieties, and feelings of disconnection, with no real understanding of their source or the possibility of relief.
In 2008, I discovered meditation, which initiated a tangible physical and emotional healing process and anchored me in a source of spiritual inspiration. I pursued a year of residential practice, and have kept up a daily practice ever since. I also began working with a few skilled therapists, providing the context I needed to access a more relational way of being in the world.
I completed a master’s degree in counseling in 2014 and have obtained extensive postgraduate training in experiential and somatically-based therapies – including Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. I’m also an active participant in several training groups for group therapists and pursue my own ongoing consultation and supervision to widen my orientation and better understand my own way of being in therapeutic relationship.
I aim to approach all of my clients with cultural humility and actively seek out training and consultation to strengthen my cultural competence and my awareness of my own assumptions, biases, positionality, power, and privilege. I identify as ethnically Jewish, white, U.S. born, able-bodied, cisgender male, heterosexual, and middle class. I welcome open dialogue about how these and other differences might affect our working relationship.
My primary counseling mentors, who I’ve studied with most directly, have been Jon Eisman, Donna Roy, Jessica Montgomery, Joshua Sylvae, Amy Ponteri, Stan Tatkin, Diana Fosha, Michelle Ribeiro, and Ellen Wright. I’ve also gathered much inspiration from Ron Kurtz, Peter Levine, Irvin Yalom, Robert Karen, David Wallin, Ofer Zur, Nancy McWilliams, and Will Hall in their teachings and writings about therapy.
I consider it a great blessing to have had many inspiring mentors and to be involved in work that I love within a wonderful community of clients, colleagues, family, and friends.