I believe everyone has something special to contribute to the world…

…and it’s my mission to help as many people as I can find make their mark in the world. Who knows, you could be like one of these clients I’ve worked with:

  • The 50-something empty-nester who trained for and ran a marathon while standing up to their unsupportive siblings and finding unexpected support and empowerment from sharing their journey with others.
  • The ex-convict who learned to see that everyone wasn’t out to get them and who learned about the peace and serenity that they could get from a little meditation.
  • The doctor who was so worried about what everyone else thought that he was living their life and having their relationship … until he decided to stand up for himself, building a life that didn’t fit into the ‘traditional’ box, but made him feel happy, comfortable, and complete.

 

I’ll help you play a bigger game

It saddens me to think of all the people out there playing small out of fear of disapproval, rejection, or being labeled as ‘selfish’. I’ve lived in that space, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Ultimately, it doesn’t just hurt you – it impacts those around you, too.

I’m pretty good at spotting people’s strengths and helping them get clarity and confidence about who they are, key steps on the path of building a life that actually works for them. Since 2002, I’ve helped hundreds of people through my work as a psychotherapist and coach. By 2022, I intend to provide coaching and therapy to hundreds more more so they, too, can find, embrace, and unleash their strengths into a world that is in desperate need of them.

Not your typical therapist

I had a client tell me once I should advertise myself as “the least therapist-like therapist ever”. I’m not sure if I’d go that far, but if you’re looking for someone who fits the traditional ‘therapist’ stereotype, I’m not the guy. Ultimately, I’m a little too enthusiastic to sit quietly in my therapy chair, nodding my head and listening. I can be pretty intense and energetic, and I’m not neutral on much. I’m a technology geek and know what a powerful tool it can be (when used properly) to support us in having better lives and in fostering connection between people. I think we, as a society, are over-diagnosed and over-medicated. I think most therapy models focus too much on analyzing the past and not enough on the present, and that they don’t make enough use of other non-psychological models out there to help clients change, grow, and ultimately succeed. See? Not exactly Freud or Jung.

This is, in part, what’s led me to do some of my work via a coaching model, instead of therapy. It’s not the right fit for every person or situation, but in cases where it is, I think it’s a more effective way for me and my clients to work.

Just in case you’re wondering

While I’ve lived in Sacramento since 1992, I was born in Montana and call Santa Cruz ‘home’ since that’s where I spent a good portion of my childhood. Along the way, I picked up a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Brown University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. I find change, personal growth and relationships to be fascinating subjects and love expanding my knowledge about them, so I’m always reading or taking training classes to learn new things.

If you run into me outside the office, there’s a pretty good chance I’ll be wearing shorts and drinking something that’s fizzy – either seltzer water, Diet Coke, or a good beer. If you look closely, you might see some paint under my fingernails from my latest attempt to create abstract art, and there’s probably a guitar pick in my pocket. If I’m with my daughter, it’s a sure bet we’ll be doing something fun or silly, because that’s how we roll. If I’m alone, I’ll probably be listening to music, and it could be anything from ambient soundscapes to ear-destroying metal, depending on my mood.

Enough about me. What about you? Are you ready to find your awesome? If so, I’m ready to help. Get in touch to set up a consultation and we’ll talk about the therapy process and whether I’m the right person to help you on your journey.

Keep moving forward,

-Steve

Birthday selfie with my daughter.

Good luck finding pictures of Freud looking like this…

Giant Jenga. It’s actually more stressful than work!