My entire career has been focused on helping teens, young adults, and their families thrive. In fact, I began working with children as a teenager myself, and have been working with families professionally for almost 20 years.
But in many ways, the seeds of my career were planted long before this. I grew up in a comfortable suburb of Chicago, where I had everything I needed and most of what I wanted. However, a very strong influence in my life was the discord in my parents’ relationship. Though I never doubted I was loved and cared for, I had the distinct sense growing up that the dynamic in our home was not what it should be.
My parents eventually divorced, but those difficult early family experiences greatly impacted me. Not coincidentally, this set me clearly on a path of helping struggling teens, young adults and their families overcome similar challenges so they can truly thrive.
Few things are as stressful and heart wrenching as seeing your teen and family struggle. Helping teens and families thrive is my passion and the cornerstone of my work.
I am based in Washington DC and speak to parent and educator groups across the country. I also work directly with families all doing what I call Family Coaching and Youth Mentoring.
I have a Masters Degree in Counselor Education from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and am a Nationally Certified Counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Additionally, I have been featured as a Life Coach on the Style Network and also write for the Huffington Post.
I live with my beautiful wife Bettina, our son Hunter and dog Georgia. We’re usually outdoors every chance we get whether it’s walking around The National Arboretum or hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains.