I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). My counseling practice serves individuals, couples, and groups. I also offer consulting for practitioners wanting to start and grow their own private practices.
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, include 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 ongoing clinical consultation and supervision to widen my clinical orientation and better understand my own way of being in therapeutic relationship.
I aim to approach all of my clients and supervisees with cultural humility and actively seek out training and consultation to strengthen awareness of my own positionality, power, and privilege. I identify as ethnically Jewish, 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 and supervision mentors, who I’ve studied with most directly, have been Jon Eisman, Donna Roy, Jessica Montgomery, Joshua Sylvae, Amy Ponteri, Stan Tatkin, Diana Fosha, Libby Shapiro, Michelle Ribeiro, Ellen Wright, and Lisa Aasheim. 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.