I am currently completing doctoral dissertation research at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Because of my commitment to indigenous technologies for psychological growth, I’ve been called “psychologist gone rogue.” I’ve done research that challenges conventional boundaries of psychology and shamanism, such as tantric Yoga in India and San Pedro visioning in Peru.
My current research on float therapy looks into the lives of people who have used floating—or sensory deprivation tanks—to heal from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, and insomnia.
At CIIS I trained under some of the leading scholars of holistic psychology: Carol Whitfield, Jorge Ferrer, Craig Chalquist, Samuel Malkemus, Marina Romero, Sofia Reinders, and many others. Outside the classroom, my path has taken me through psychotherapy, shamanic initiations, various Western and Indigenous psychospiritual trainings, training in music in India (while studying the secret yogic arts of sound), initiated into a yoga tradition with a YAI-200hr certification by Krishna Prakash at Shrimath Yoga, and undergone a rigorous Rite of Passage 4-day wilderness fast with Ishtar Kramer.
My counseling approach is inspired by the Indian advaita Vedanta teaching methodology, somatic and transpersonal psychology, ecopsychology and the Native American vision quest.