In 1987, my wife encouraged me to read a book titled “The Family” by John Bradshaw. The author, whom himself had been raised in a dysfunctional environment created by alcoholism, described the effects that this environment had on the entire family. He was describing my family! This ah-ha moment began a journey for me which I am still undertaking and will be undertaking until the day I die. The intensity of the journey varies from day to day. The benefits in my life have been immeasurable.
In 1999, I took a 180 degree turn career wise. I embarked on a new career as a counselor and therapist. I returned to school! I earned an AA degree from Portland Community College in Alcohol and Drug counseling in 2000 and began working at an outpatient treatment center in Portland, Oregon. I quickly realized that to be of true service to my clients I needed to go further in my education. After relocating to Albuquerque, I once more returned to school, this time going to school at night at Webster University earning a master’s degree in counseling.
I continued my work with addicts but was now able to address the underlying issues that all addicts must address. I began treating what is termed co-occurring mental health disorders. In the year 2007, I completed the requirements in the state of New Mexico for an independent license as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC).
From 2002 to the end of 2010, I worked at Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless (AHCH). During that entire time, I was the Program Coordinator for a transitional housing treatment program for homeless men and women who suffered from co-occurring mental health disorders. This population afforded me the opportunity to work with all types of addictions as well as various mental health disorders. I learned a lot during this professional time in my career. In 2004 I had the opportunity for two and half years to co-lead a men’s group for sexual addiction treatment.
I began a new chapter in my life in April, 2011 entering into private practice. In my practice I primarily work with adults. I now specialize in treating sexual addiction (including porn addiction) as well as various mental health disorders.
I am a member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) which specializes in the treatment of sexual disorders including sex addiction and porn addiction. I provide individual therapy for men and women. I provide group therapy for men who are sexually addicted. I also provide therapy for spouses/partners of the sexually addicted.