I'm a contemplative counselor and psychotherapist guided by compassion and a foundational belief that You/I/We have basic sanity and health.
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I am more than the sum of my parts, and so are you. Experience (and now a master's in psychology) has taught me that a host of mental health challenges arise in the conflicting space between our pesonal and cultural identities. (I was raised to think of myself as "black" and that Africa is my motherland and the motherland of all humanity, that all living things are my family; it took me a long time to understand that when I walk in a room, everyone sees a bald, bearded, "white" man with all the associated cultural baggage; allowing both to be true has supported authentic, healing relation...Read more
What inspired me to become a wellness professional?
I was leaving Texas, moving my family to Colorado, and decided to look closely at what I found fulfilling in my vocation as an educator and various other life avocations. I found that I am fulfilled in relationship, in connection with others. I learned that one of my superpowers is seeing health and brilliance when the person I'm connecting with feels anything but healthy and brilliant. Naropa University helped me put a point on this through a curriculum designed to find the Brilliant Sanity and Basic Health in each of us and in each situation. THIS inspires me to be a wellness professi...Read more
How my clients describe their first visit?
The most common thing I hear is: a) I am "different" than other counselors / therapists my clients have seen and b) my clients feel "seen" and validated around whatever issue (often) for the first time.
What I say to someone who has never tried