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About Me

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My Mission

There is a time for complexity, and there is a time for simplicity. Between them is balance, which I try to work from and towards.

Growing up here as a native of the SF bay, I have seen the technology advancements and shift from nature that the bay has gone through and its struggle to find a new balance. My own journey mirrors this transformation, from a boy who was diagnosed with a learning disability that discourages growth, to an adult who graduated with a Bachelor in Creative Arts degree from San Jose State and a Master in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

That accomplishment alone is not the only part of my identity nor challenges that I’ve had to face on this path. As an African-American man, I’ve faced challenges of racism. And as a gay man, I’ve faced the challenges of homophobia. Yet it is through my spirituality that I found myself on the path that has led to the achievements that allow me to provide service in helping others find balance and growth in their lives.

I have provided six years of service through CHAC www.chacmv.org and Cassy www.cassybayarea.org, where I was a school-based counselor for elementary, middle school, and high school students. In addition, I have worked through CHAC’s community clinic, providing counseling services to individuals, couples, adolescents, and groups.

Untangle and Grow is the next evolution on this path. In providing counseling services for people to find their own balance. This is with the hope of becoming untangled from the shadows that hold them and growing into the light.

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My Approach

So many things can move us forward or they can stop us, be they things of physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual nature. They may appear in our lives as visible and invisible ropes, chains, vines, and roots. This can result in feeling weighed down, making it hard to move and preventing us from moving forward in our life.

So what can we do?

  1. Cut the binds which slow us down and leave debris in our wake.
  2. Untangle, which takes time, but is less likely to leave debris that can slow us down.
  3. Remain tangled and grow towards the light, and hope not to go askew.

Let’s define what our goal are:

To Untangle

  1. to bring out of a tangled state; disentangle
  2. to straighten out or clear up (anything confused or perplexing).

To Grow

  1. to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
  2. to form and increase in size by a process of inorganic accretion, as by crystallization.
  3. to arise or issue as a natural development from an original happening, circumstance, or source.

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Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Life Transitions
  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Trauma-informed care
  • Professional/Career Issues
  • College/Graduate School Issues
  • Medical and Health Concerns
  • Stress Management
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Spirituality (Transpersonal)
  • Gender Identity Support
  • LGBT Counseling
  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement
  • Other Issues (Contact me for more details)

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