I have been blessed with both formal training and life experience that guide and shape the work I do. My artistic life has included music, photography, painting, and creative writing. I attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine from 1980-1982. I studied music performance and education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1982-1984. I received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1987 and my Master of Social Work (MSW) from Springfield College in 1996. I was awarded a merit scholarship to the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Vermont College in 2001. In 2002 I received a Supporting Fathering Award from the New England Fathering Conference for my work with young dads in Holyoke, Massachusetts. In 2003 I was presented the Helen Daley Award for service on behalf of the children of Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). I am a certified field instructor for the Springfield College School of Social Work.
Like many, my spiritual journey has taken a long and winding path. I was raised in a Christian home, the son of a Baptist minister. After living a prodigal life, I found my way back to God, and am eternally grateful to my wife and others for helping me to remember the Biblical truths that I had put aside.
My career as a social worker began on Cape Cod, working with people who were experiencing both homelessness and mental illness. Later, I worked for the Manhattan Bowery Corporation in New York City, in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, working with people who had experienced homelessness, mental illness and addictions. I did similar work with the Center for Human Development, in western Massachusetts.
While in graduate school, and afterward, I provided crisis evaluation and suicide risk assessment with the Mt. Tom Mental Health Center Crisis Team. I also worked as a Social Worker at Holyoke Hospital on the medical floors and in the Emergency Department.
From 1998 to 2014, I was employed by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), where I filled many roles. At MSPCC I provided individual and family psychotherapy, and was responsible for the oversight of multiple programs. I provided clinical and administrative supervision to therapists working in various arenas, and for several years served as Clinic Director. For a time I was the West Office Site Director, providing supervision to the Directors of Early Intervention Programs, Teen Parenting Programs, and the Family Counseling Center, and as such was responsible for oversight of the work of more than 100 human services professionals and paraprofessionals.
In 2012, I co-founded CrossPoint Clinical Services, Inc., with my partners Rondey Allen and Sajjan Sharma. We began providing services in West Springfield, Massachusetts in 2013 and have since expanded to Worcester Massachusetts, with the hiring of additional experienced, licensed therapists. CrossPoint offers mental health counseling with a Christian perspective. In April of 2018, my wife and I moved to Puerto Rico. I continue to serve on CrossPoint's Board of Directors.
I am licensed to practice Social Work in both Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. In Massachusetts, I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). In Puerto Rico, I am a Social Worker with Permanent License, Trabajador Social Permanente, license #14329. While I understand and speak some Spanish, in good conscience I can only offer services at this time to people who speak English.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)