I received my Masters Degree in Social Work in 1993, from Simmons College in Boston. I then worked for 10 years as a therapist at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a community mental health center in the heart of Boston. The agency is a training site for Harvard Medical School and it had a tremendous impact on my career; giving me the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the top psychiatrists and therapists in the field. During my time there I received advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
I have had a personal interest in meditation since my college years, and have practiced and studied mindfulness meditation since I was a young man. It has been exciting to watch the scientific and clinical interest in mindfulness grow in the past 20 years. I make use of mindfulness based therapies in my practice and have had very positive responses from my clients.
Another formative experience for me has been the opportunity to teach Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies to graduate level social work students. I taught this class for several years at Simmons College. I enjoy teaching, and have continued to provided workshops in both CBT and Mindfulness since moving to New Orleans a few years ago.