This is Me
I’m amazed by what's possible when body and mind are one. To me, pure joy!
For 35 years I’ve studied these moments, through the many personal, athletic and professional pursuits I’ve enjoyed, including somatic education, embodiment, mindfulness, gratitude, Aikido and many other experiential and academic studies of stress, anxiety, pain, trauma and empowerment.
Somatic Education and Embodied studies connected these paths, introducing me to an organized way of experiencing and teaching how the mind and body can work with, or against, each other in this fast changing, sometimes chaotic, wonderfully crazy thing called life.
Through the years, I’ve used these lessons to help myself, my family and those I teach, through the anxiety and pain brought by physical/mental illness and disease, circumstance, abuse and the everyday bumps we all face.
They continue playing a role in the many meaningful relationships I have with those who’ve helped me create the person I’ve become, a father, husband, caregiver, teacher and friend with an undying belief that we all have, should we choose to use them, abilities to help those around us grow.
Today, I continue helping individuals, couples and families through their own challenges and continue the work of advancing the somatic field into the whole person integrative health approach to healing.
I currently serve as a facilitator with MenHealing, a group dedicated towards helping male identified survivors of sexual trauma. I also continue to offer private classes and sessions for individuals and with organizations like Cancer Wellness Centers.
Additionally, I serve as an Executive Board and Professional Member of ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) as a Master Somatic Movement Educator & Master Somatic Movement Therapist.
You may have seen or heard me at one of the different conferences or interviews I’ve been invited too concerning my work with stress, fear, pain, anxiety and trauma or attended some of the professional workshops I lead. These workshops have been designed to show other professionals in the mental and physical health fields how they can incorporate somatic and other mindbody approaches into their work.
I’m also a state certified instructor that works with first responders and the many personal and professional challenges they face.
I’m extremely proud of my work with the HOME project. In conjunction with MenHealing, The Ohio State University, the States of Ohio and Indiana Rehabilitations and Corrections Departments, our team delivers healing services to incarated survivors through innovative technological approaches.
We’ve accomplished this by creating original material and content on 70,000 tablets that have been disseminated throughout Ohio and Indiana rehabilitation and correctional facilities.
All of these projects keep me busy but I never tire of sharing the somatic skills and tools I’ve created and learned through the years individually or while working with friends and other groups creating courses and larger workshops than I could ever accomplish alone. As the song goes, “We get by with a little help from our friends.”