I'm a psychologist (therapist, coach, consultant) living in Seattle.

 

I earned my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 2011 - one of the top 3 programs in the nation at the time. In graduate school my focus was practicing evidence-based psychotherapies. Here's the alphabet soup of acronyms: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Behavioral Activation (BA), Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and most notably Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) under the mentorship of Bob Kohlenberg and Mavis Tsai.

I also got into consulting and training, which lead to my first job after graduate school at The Evidence-Based Practice Institute/PracticeGround. At EBPI I had the opportunity to train alongside some excellent colleagues, make some online trainings, and contribute to securing funding and pursuing development of an online platform (Willow) to help therapists deliver evidence-based practices more reliably. This was the first time I got to work on a cross-functional development team - in this case composed of psychologists, designers, and developers. And I launched my consulting and private therapy practice. 

In 2015, I received a contract to write a book - Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple. It was an opportunity to integrate my last 10 years of experiences with therapy and how to teach it. (I've had the goal of writing a book since I was a kid. It only took my 20 years and a PhD to figure out what to write about!) So I resigned from EBPI, grew my private practice a bit, and focused on writing. 

During that writing - inspired by a feverish reading of the Wait But Why blogs about Elon Musk (literally, I had a fever...) - I hatched a vision for where I want to go next.

In short: When individual and interpersonal issues play out at scale and under the constraints of sub-optimal organizational structures, that's how we end up with organizations that  fail to solve substantial challenges and make us miserable along the way.

On the other hand when we bring intention and expertise to cultivation of shared purpose, communication, collective learning, and organization development - we can align organizational, collective, and personal well-being. As an expert in human behavior and relationships, I'm putting my shoulder to the wheel of developing more healthy and functional organizations.

I am also a husband and father. Every day I give to my son and my wife what I had and lost as a child: a family grounded in awareness, courage and love. And I am an avid practitioner of physical training (kettlebells and barbells) and music (steel string acoustic guitar - and perhaps banjo).