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About Me

Hailing from the vibrant cityscape of Los Angeles, California, I was raised with a deep appreciation for baseball, the warmth of the sun, and the hidden treasures of thrift stores.

My career journey naturally led me to roles centered around empowering and guiding young minds, igniting a passion for the realm of counseling. My path took me from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest, where I earned a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University.

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Venturing further, I found myself on the captivating shores of Hawai'i, working closely with adolescents, young adults, and their families. The majestic beauty of the Big Island, along with its culture and people, left an indelible mark on my heart.

Fueled by a relentless drive to help individuals conquer their inner and outer challenges, I embarked on a transformative journey to Boise, Idaho, pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Counseling at Idaho State University. It was during this time that I also crossed paths with my life partner, among an array of remarkable individuals.

Today, Seattle is my home base. Beyond my role as an educator, mentoring future counselors at a local university, I am thrilled to offer telemental health counseling services. This avenue allows me to extend my support across the landscapes of Idaho and Washington State. When I'm not engaged in my work, you'll likely find me immersed in the great outdoors – hiking, camping, and embracing the beauty of nature.

As I look ahead, I anticipate the opportunity to share more about myself, and I eagerly await the chance to get to know you as well. Please don't hesitate to reach out – I'm here, ready to connect.

Indentity & Allyship

I identify as a White, heterosexual, cisgender, and able-bodied male; I check just about all the boxes of privilege. Just like anyone else, my perspectives are informed by my identities, experience, and education. I am devoted to being open and humble in my work, and committed to understanding clients' experience.

So far in my career, I have assumed the roles of counselor, supervisor, researcher, educator, and advocate. Lifting voices of the marginalized and centering social justice is central to all my professional capacities. 

I have been called an ally by some and an advocate by others; these are titles I do not take lightly nor do I ascribe to myself. You are in charge of what you share, when, and to whom you offer the status of allyship.  

Education 

Ph.D. Counselor Education & Counseling

2018, Idaho State University

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

2011, Southern Oregon University

B.A. Communications

2006, University of California at San Diego

Certification

Ph.D. Counselor Education & Counseling

2018, Idaho State University

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

2011, Southern Oregon University

B.A. Communications

2006, University of California at San Diego

BC-TMH
Board Certified-TeleMental Health

I hold a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider credential. It is not a requirement for counselors who use telehealth as a delivery platform. However, it helps to ensure that counselors have the knowledge and proper training to offer counseling through these mediums.

The credential also provides clients the ability to search for and find providers with this specialized training. You can find my credential (#1933) in the Credential Holder Search. 

Get in touch with me to discover the path towards a more joyful and fulfilling life

Affirm Counseling, LLC 

2D Mental Health Services

 P.O. Box 7453, Springfield, OR 97475

206-701-9988

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