I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years experience providing individual, family and group therapy with adults, adolescents and children in both a community mental health and private practice setting.
My education and work have taken me to all four regions of the country: North, South, East and West. I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along with my folks and younger brother. After college, I spent four years in the Air Force before attending graduate school at the University of Louisville in Kentucky where I received my master’s degree in clinical social work. I have been a practicing therapist since my Air Force days, and practiced in Ohio for 10 years before moving to eastern North Carolina 20 years ago. During my time in North Carolina, I have had considerable experience and training with a wide range of emotional, mental health and substance abuse issues. I worked as a therapist at Lenoir County Mental Health in both adult and children services for eight years, and have had a private practice basis since 1991 with an office in both Kinston and Greenville, NC.
My practice focuses on working with adults with depression, grief and anxiety issues as well as anger and behavior management troubles. I work with couples in crisis who are working through premarital, marital and sexual issues. I also work with families who are struggling with emotional and abuse issues and step family dynamics. I have specialized training and experience with returning war veterans who suffer from PTSD and providing out-patient treatment for problems related to alcohol and substance abuse.
My work with children and adolescents focuses on behaviorally troubled children and teens, ADHD issues, depression and anxiety issues, including separation anxiety and phobic problems, drug and alcohol issues, suicidal behavior and providing treatment to sexually abused children and adolescents. I’ve also received extensive training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provided by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, aimed at helping children and adolescents who have been sexually and/or physically abused.
I’m married to a wonderful woman and have four children, three still in college and one who just received her PhD. I consider myself a very lucky and thankful man.
Among other things, I’ve been a little league baseball coach, a Boy Scout troop assistant, and a volunteer at the local homeless shelter. My interests are primarily around family and friends, and also include outdoor activities, sports, camping, and music.