As a former college athlete and coach, I know a thing or two about working out. A few years ago, I was lifting weights at a local university weight room. I was distracted during my workout as a young man wearing a bandana and one of those old-school bodybuilder tank tops marched in and began loading a substantial amount of weight on a barbell.
I typically do not give advice in the weight room (unless asked), but I think it is always a good idea to warm up before trying to lift heavy things. When I told him this, he returned my advice with a scowl and an unrelenting stare as he stomped up to the bar to deadlift the weight and yelled, “THIS IS WHAT I DO!” Although the bar did not move, his yell was impressive. And so was the smell. And so was his face as he awkwardly waddled out to change his shorts.
When I made this website, my fear was that I would be like tank top guy – bellowing loudly while producing nothing but crap. But over the years, I have learned that I actually can do a few things, and I hope to share those things with others.
So, this is what I do:
As someone who has battled social anxiety since early childhood, it used to take a lot for me to get on stage or in front of a crowd. And yet, when I begin to teach and share my ideas and I see the impact I can have on others, the fears and insecurities fade.
My public speaking journey began in 2016 at a Mother’s of Preschoolers event in Salem, Oregon. Since then, I have spoken at major conferences and for organizations such as:
- Matthew Reardon National Autism Conference
- Hurt People Hurt People: Helping Survivors and Enactors of Bullying (2019)
- Friendship and Belonging Across the Spectum (2019)
- The Love & Autism Conference
- You Belong Workshop (2017)
- Our Neurodiverse Friendship (2018)
- You Belong Workshop (2018)
- The American Psychological Association
- Writing for the Web
- Supercharge Your Online Presence: Researchers and Academics (2018)
- Supercharge Your Online Presence: Clinical Psychologists (2018)
- George Fox University
- Helping Your Athlete Overcome Competition Anxiety (2017)
- ACT and Health (2017)
- Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA)
- High Stakes: Training Your Team for Suicide and Psychosis Risk Management (2018)
I am also a regular guest for local news television! I have been featured by Central Texas News to talk about bullying, and you can check out my story on graditude which aired during Thanksgiving season:
To find out more about my public speaking or learn about my availability for future events, contact me today!
Authorship and Professional Writing
The pen is mightier than the sword, but the keyboard never runs out of ink. Writing has always been a passion of mine, beginning way back in the third grade when I wrote my very own fantasy novel. Sadly, my adolescent self was so deeply ashamed of that book that it was destroyed and lost to the sands of teenage angst. As a soon-to-be psychologist, I have leaned on my love for writing (and much of my free time) to share what I have learned over the years about mental health and medical care.
In 2018 I published my first book, The Friendship Formula: How to Say Goodbye to Loneliness and Discover Deeper Connection. I wrote this book because I know what it is like to be lonely, to yearn for belonging, and to feel uninvited to the friendship fiesta. And, I also know the intense reward of deep, meaningful friendship. We face a loneliness epidemic – and I want to help end it, one friendship at a time.
I also help psychologists and other mental health professionals do the same through my work at MarketingForTherapists.org, and I continue to publish guest posts and research. As a professional writer who has created content for dozens of professionals worldwide, I know a thing or two about improving your online presence and writing effectively for the web.
Check out these pages to learn some of my tricks and tips!
To learn more about my writing or learn about how you can improve your SEO, contact me today!
Psychology and Research
Last and definitely not least, I am nearly finished with my doctorate in clinical psychology (huzzah!). I am dedicated to starting my career as a health psychologist and, although I am very happy to be finished with classwork, I hope to someday re-join academia as a clinical faculty member.
If you have any interest in collaborating on a research project or presentation, please let me know! My interests are broad (everything is shiny in psychology), but here are a few areas where I claim some expert knowledge:
- Behavioral health consultation
- Pediatric mental health
- Neuropsychology and anxiety
- Human development and aging
- Coaching and motivation
- Interpersonal Therapy
- Solution-Focused Therapy
- Systems and organizational psychology
- Suicidality and psychosis
- Risk management