Adaptive Therapy seeks to provide clients a safe space to explore their current situation with a new perspective to facilitate progress in the areas of their life where they feel stuck. When we can understand how humans evolved in our natural environment, we can understand how today's modern environment (e.g., fast-paced, performance-driven, technology-dependent, concrete jungle, socially isolated families, etc.), can bring about struggles, unhealthy habits, and thoughts. Moreover, we believe that healthy connections with others and a balanced lifestyle (biopsychosocialecological-spiritual) combine to create holistic wellness, which helps prevent or mitigate most addictions and mental health difficulties. By viewing the client's concerns through a family systems approach, we can better understand how we as a family, community, and society are all interdependent. Unlike therapy that focuses only on the individual, this systemic approach enables us to accomplish lasting change. To facilitate this process, adaptive therapy utilizes a vast array of therapeutic techniques (art, play, & nature therapy etc.,) to work with clients who may struggle with traditional talk-based therapy, so they can present their most authentic self. The inner peace we all strive to attain and maintain can become clouded and difficult to access, especially for those who feel as though they've never had it to begin with. Adaptive Therapy provides an ideal setting to access and cultivate a stronger connection with that inner peace so we can bring love and compassion into our external and internal worlds.
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I was born in Washington State, where my favorite childhood memories were playing in the lush forest and exploring the wonders of life in every tide pool and under every rock at the beach. Unfortunately, as a young boy, I was not the one in charge of deciding where to live yet, which resulted in a move to Las Vegas. Although not my favorite place to live, Las Vegas was certainly a unique place for me to grow up and bring my same curiosity and exploration into human behavior and specifically our sexual behavior that most of us tend to hide, contain, or restrict, except when traveling to Sin City! While attending UNLV for Anthropology, in an attempt to try and understand this unique environment all around me, I took any sexuality class I could get into. I brought this fascination into my travels to Europe, Asia, & Oceania, where I continued to learn, in conversations with other travelers, how unique every individual's sexuality is based on their culture, life experiences, and personality. These stimulating experiences and conversations motivated me to pursue a career in Marriage & Family Therapy so that I could keep learning and growing as a person and clinician.
I have always had a curiosity for life, nature, and how we humans fit into the puzzle of it all, but I have not always known that therapy would be my career of choice. Right after high school, I joined the Army National Guard and served for seven years both stateside and on deployment in Afghanistan. This previous chapter of my life was fundamental to my growth as a person, and today as a therapist I believe I have a special ability to connect with veterans and their families through this lived experience.
Being raised by a resilient single mother motivates my work with youth and families who may struggle with the obstacles of divorce or separation. Through my own path of learning and growth, I believe that all individuals should feel entitled to construct their own expression of masculinity or femininity in line with their own values instead of what society may expect! Growing up without a male role model, I understand the difficulty men face in today's world of mixed messages and unhealthy expectations of masculinity. Through my previous work in youth mentoring programs, I have developed intrinsic motivation in collaborating with adolescents and adult men to help them flourish into authentic, compassionate, & independent individuals to be better friends, lovers, and fathers.