A little about Me
Up Close and Personal
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified EMDR Therapist. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University where I graduated Magna Cum Laude and was the Distinguished Military Graduate. I served six years as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army and later spent eleven years in the private sector employed by behavioral health companies. I earned a Master’s in Social Work from Temple University, entered private practice and discovered EMDR after training in Forensic Interviewing and Neurolinguistic Programming. As EMDR proved so rapidly and consistently effective, I evolved my practice to work in EMDR exclusively. I later spent two years working as a therapist and administrator for an International Mission agency based in the UK. While living, traveling, and working in fourteen countries on five continents, I confirmed that EMDR is an effective intervention across cultures because trauma, depression, anxiety, and PTSD are human conditions and EMDR is a mind-body intervention that doesn’t require extensive talking sessions. Through these experiences, I learned this is why EMDR is popular and effective with both younger and older adults, military veterans, and anyone who may not want to go into vivid detail describing unpleasant events from the past. EMDR facilitates rapid healing in the privacy of one’s own mind which the therapist gently guides while respecting boundaries. I later returned to the United States and in 2018 I completed a Senior Executive Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. This marked the culmination of my clinical and educational pursuits and I have been honored to have that experience and others who have made me the person and therapist I am today. As a psychotherapist, I am honored to serve all people as a continuation of the public service and mission work I have pursued in various capacities throughout my life and career. I continue my clinical practice in offering EMDR virtually to clients all over North America and throughout the world. I have always enjoyed writing and after sharing a weekly article entitled “Monday Morning Inspiration” with many of my clinical patients, I was encouraged to start a BLOG which is why I later launched Therapist-Thoughts.com I am blessed to work virtually from my home where I live with my wife, our adult disabled son Andrew who has Cerebral Palsy, and with my younger son Kevin, our Daughter-in-Law Amanda, and our two precious granddaughters Lily and Autumn. We love living together, and sharing caregiving activities we “get to” do with Andrew. I also have a daughter, Jenna, who is a Harvard Law graduate and attorney in Washington, DC. I hope that my articles will serve to inspire, educate, and offer hope and I am honored by everyone who takes the time to read what I write or to share anything you enjoy with family, friends, and other loved ones.