I am a seasoned Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), AAMFT Approved Supervisor, ASSECT Certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor and a IFS Certified Therapist/Approved Clinical Consultant in private practice in the Washington, DC area (DC, MD, VA). I offer a collaborative, non-pathologizing and systemic approach to therapy working with both couples and individuals. I also have a passion for teaching and supervision.
Before transitioning to full-time private practice, I worked for the federal government for 14 years. This included active duty military service with the U.S. Army, civil service with the United States Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs where I served as the director of the DC Vet Center and in my last position as the director of the Alexandria Vet Center.
I have a passion for learning and a curiosity to understand and explore other cultures, which led me to spend my senior year in high school at School Year Abroad in Rennes, France and my junior year at Penn State in Strasbourg, France. These early life experiences allowed me to think globally and appreciate the myriad dimensions of multi-diversity and culturalism. It also allowed me to think critically in a foreign language. I have experienced international conflicts on two continents. The first time was when I was a young intern with the U.S. Department of State assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi at the on-set of the ethnic conflict that eventually devasted the country. The second time was while serving with the U.S. Army stationed in Germany and assigned to the 501st Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion when I was deployed to Bosnia after the signing of the Dayton Accords.
Throughout my career, I have enthusiastically welcomed many opportunities – and in many different capacities – to live and travel throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. These travels led me to meet and eventually marry my amazing Tunisian born wife to whom I owe a debt of gratitude and who has provided me with invaluable insights into our multicultural marriage and stepfamily dynamics. Ultimately, this has taught me how to become a more insightful and compassionate human being – and what I hope to be a better therapist.