Biography

Ben in the mountains

Experience

  • In addition to my private practice, I currently function as a quality of life consultant with a provider agency for the DD population, provide peer counseling services through a local center for independent living (LILA), and facilitate support groups at a local mental health drop-in center.
  • My resume includes jobs with diverse populations in settings ranging from an acute psychiatric crisis ward to vocational rehabilitation sites.
  • Since launching my Life Coaching practice out of my garage in 2008, I have had the honor of working closely with many individuals and their families to realize their unique pictures of success.
  • I served six years on the State Independent Living Council (SILC), during which I participated in disability advocacy and educational efforts around the country.
  • I co-founded a disability rights activist (ADAPT) chapter in Oregon, and continue to seek opportunities to make a positive impact in the lives of Oregonians discriminated against due to their disabilities.
  • I authored a book, "Beyond the Horizon: A Guide to Recovery from Brain Injury and Other Happenings," and delivered related workshops and presentations at conferences around the country.
  • I developed a mind/body adaptive martial arts program and led related workshops around the country.

Education/Certification

  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, 2018
  • Certified Professional Coach (CPC) from Baraka Institute, 2009
  • Graduate course work in Rehabilitation Counseling, 2005-2006
  • BA from Lewis and Clark College, 2004

My Path

I grew up alongside an older brother on the autism spectrum and spent much of my childhood helping out in his classrooms and extracurricular programs. Then at age 12 I was hit by a semi-truck and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. The next fifteen years of my life were host to a long string of successes and setbacks. Near the end of those fifteen years I was introduced to martial arts, through which I gained confidence and learned to move in ways I had previously considered impossible. As my physical body grew stronger and more agile, so too did my mental and spiritual faculties. Since then, I have continued to seek new opportunities to improve my skill set. The satisfaction that comes with hard work and dedication has become for me the ultimate joy in life.