My road trip to love.
Living 25 years of my life as a closeted gay man, I was pretty good at putting up walls, mastering human behavior, and blaming everything outside of myself for my personal unhappiness.
I always had a passion for wanting to help others and change the world. I think it was something I unconsciously developed from the desire to change myself. I spent the majority of my professional career working in non-profit organizations trying to make a difference in the lives of others, not realizing I wanted to make a difference in my own life.
In 2008, I moved to Los Angeles to work for GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). After coming out of the closet, I wanted to give back and make a difference in the LGBTQ community's fight for equality. It became my mission to help change the negative stereotypes people had of the LGBTQ community.
Since my move to L.A., I've either worked for or volunteered with most of the local and national LGBTQ organizations, including: Outfest, Trevor Project, LifeWorks, GLEH, EDGY Conference, PFLAG, and LA's LGBT Center. I've also worked at an LGBTQ Public Relations agency and in West Hollywood at one of the largest gay bars in the world — which is the equivalent of grad school for human psychosocial behavior.
I realized my fight to change everyone's mind about the LGBTQ community was actually an internal fight I was experiencing within myself. One that ultimately led me to connecting with my life's purpose.
What got me to where I am today is my personal journey - my road trip to love - and what my life has been leading me toward for more than 30 years.
What I've come to know, and is at the core of everything I teach, is that connecting with our spirituality, loving ourselves, and taking full responsibility for our lives and our choices is where our strength lies at the deepest level.
In 2013, I became a Heal Your Life teacher based on the teachings of Louise Hay. In 2016, I received my license in Spiritual Counseling; in 2020, I completed a Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Levels I and Level II from the Allender Center at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.
Additionally, I have a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a specialization in LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology.
My mission on A Road Trip to Love is:
1) To help LGBTQ people and family members heal inner scripts to live more confident, happy, and abundant lives.
2) To help families change the "messages from the playground" and raise LGBTQ allies.
3) To help those impacted by misguided religious beliefs heal their relationship with a higher power and reestablish a spiritual connection of their own understanding.