A native of Minnesota, Richard received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota and then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in El Salvador. He was a newspaper and magazine editor for several years before starting a marketing communications firm. He then made a career change and received an M.A. in Psychology and Counseling Services and a post-masters certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
He has 16 years of experience in different clinical settings. Much of his work has been with teenagers but he also has experience with adults and couples.
Some basic areas Richard focuses on:
- Anxiety and depression
- Sex addiction
What clients have said about Richard:
“After a few sessions I was able to function normally for the first time in years.”
“I’m able to sleep through the night now.”
“He helped me not only discover some hidden demons but also how to deal with them.”
“My husband and I weren’t communicating. He helped us knock down the walls between us and discover who we really are.”
“We were having problems with our teenage son and working with Richard helped us to set boundaries, change the way we communicated with him and also to understand him better. Now it seems like he’s a different kid.”
“By going on a therapeutic journey you may discover the keys to solving the difficulties in your life. It might involve exploring hurts you suffered in childhood. Or it may lead to increasing awareness of various dynamics in your relationships with others and with yourself. If you have suffered a severe trauma, we can perhaps venture into EMDR which is an information processing psychotherapy that helps resolve symptoms from disturbing and unresolved life experiences.
“Many people in our culture see it as a sign of weakness if you see a therapist. But actually, it takes a tremendous amount of courage and resolve to reach out for help. Therapy is not about labeling or diagnosing, but about discovery and awareness of the human condition. If you are willing to be open and do some hard work, then you will find tremendous rewards in therapy. But keep in mind that therapy is a journey and not a destination. It’s not something you achieve, it’s something you must continually be conscious of and put effort into.”