Thank you for visiting my website, and for taking the time to read my profile! I am a therapist, consultant, and speaker driven to help others build lives that are more vital, satisfying, and rewarding. I have worked to learn a wide variety of psychological and interpersonal skills to improve my own life, and I thoroughly enjoy the chance to share these skills with others.
First, allow me to tell you about my training. I am a licensed psychologist with training in research-based psychological interventions. I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I focused on cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals and couples. I also began my training in DBT in graduate school. In 2008, I completed my internship at Counseling and Wellness Services at UNC Chapel Hill and began private practice. In 2011, I completed the DBT Intensive Training with a team of DBT therapists in the Triangle area. I provide training to DBT therapists through workshops and training teams. I have also found the ACT model to be quite effective with graduates of DBT and with others who are finding it difficult to build their lives in accord with their values.
In addition to practicing as a therapist, I have been involved in the administration of a large mental health practice and a small dental practice. In both contexts, I have focused on developing systems that work well through the application of important psychological principles. For example, there is a great deal of research on what motivates employees and co-workers and how important working relationships are for our well-being. In my consulting role, I am available to individuals who wish to improve their interpersonal skills, self-motivation, and productivity in the professional context.
For approximately eight years, I have been training in To-Shin Do martial arts at the Chapel Hill Quest Center, and I am a Sandan (third-degree black belt) and an Instructor at the Quest Center. The Quest martial arts system has been another context in which I have learned greater mindfulness and greater flexibility in how I respond to challenging situations. I strongly support the integration of martial arts training into the recovery plan for survivors of abuse or trauma.
On a personal note, I have been married to a wonderful woman since 2002, and we live in Durham with our two young children. We enjoy participation in our community through school activities, and the Quest Center, where we all train.
Education and Training
2011: Completed DBT Intensive Training
2008: PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2001: BS in Psychology and Religious Studies, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
1996: Graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Awards and Honors
2013-Present: Director of Teams and Groups, Triangle Area DBT
2010: Man of the Year, Madison Who’s Who
2009-Present: Member, Madison Who’s Who
2003: Who’s Who Among Professionals
2001-2007: Kenan Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2001-2002: Julie Gatewood Latané Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2001: Excellence in Psychology Award, Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Florida
2001: Psi Chi Honors Society
2000: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
1998-2001: Ford Apprentice Scholar Program, Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Florida
1996-2001: Presidential Scholarship, Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Florida
1996-2001: Honors Program, Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Florida
1996-2001: Dean’s List, Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Florida
1996: National Merit Scholarship