Born and raised on the East coast and formerly a Buddhist monk, I'm now an Austin-based psychotherapist, as well as the founder of Plumeria Counseling Center, which I opened in 2009. I completed a Bachelor's degree in Asian Art History at Wesleyan University in 1993 and received my Master's of Counseling degree from St. Edwards University in 2006. I'm currently pursuing my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.
During the 13 years between my two degrees, I wandered extensively, continuing my study and practice of Buddhism, Taoism and Zen meditation. I resided at Ajahn Chah's Wat Nanachat, Henepola Gunaratana's Bhavana Society, and the San Francisco Zen Center. I traveled throughout Thailand, China, Tibet, Burma, and India, worked as a taxi driver, dishwasher, teahouse manager, acupuncturist, English teacher in South Korea, and Art Historian with the Smithsonian at an archaeological site in Hampi, India. All of these experiences (and many others) conspired to shape me into the therapist--and person--I am today.
The therapeutic approach I use in counseling is a blend of Buddhism, Taoism, Western Psychology, American Transcendentalism, Sufism, and purely original thought. I understand, without question, that therapy can be powerfully effective and enjoyable at the same time. I have yet to meet a client I didn't like, a client I couldn't help, or a client from whom I could not learn something new.