Outdoor therapy services treating a wide variety of behaviors and symptoms
Here at Take Action Counseling, our focus is to help individuals get unhooked from the things that pull them away from what's important to them so that they can learn to take committed value-driven action. When you come for a session, you may find yourself walking and talking through the woods, chatting by a campfire, or sitting in the moss garden by the pond. This is because we believe that therapy for adolescents, men, and dads is so much more than sitting on a couch in a stuffy office talking. It’s about dropping an anchor into nature and the world around us while actively taking action steps to make the change we want to see in our lives.Learn More
I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. This is because they didn’t offer Fatherhood as a major. From an early age, I knew that my purpose in life was to be a dad, however that did not offer a path to paying the bills, yet. After earning my degree, I returned to the western mountains of my home state to work as a field guide at a wilderness therapy program for adolescents struggling with a variety of mental health and behavioral issues. In my years working in the field, I rose through the ranks to become a Master Field Instructor, all the while developing a passion for the therapeutic benefits of nature therapy with adolescent boys.
I learned that through the power of nature, empowerment, and healthy communication skills, clients grow immensely and were able to achieving lasting change in maladaptive behaviors. I became so passionate about working with this population that I decided to leave the field to pursue a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling from Western North Carolina University.
During this time, I fostered another passion of mine by working as a fly-fishing guide on the rivers of Western North Carolina. Through this sport, I am able to find peace, tranquility, and mindfulness while fishing in some of the most beautiful aquatic ecosystems around.
Also while in school, I worked at a sober living and intensive-outpatient facility for young men, as well as a substance abuse treatment program at a VA hospital. Through this work and my own research I learned about the severe lack of mental health support available to men and specifically dads. Finally, I saw my path and knew what I was going to do with my career. As I continued to research and learn about this desperate need, I also developed and ran a fatherhood group for disadvantaged young men in a residential job training program.
Upon graduation and receiving my Master’s degree, I returned to that same wilderness program, but this time as the primary therapist for the adolescent male group.
During all this time I dreamt of creating a space where I could bring my love of the outdoors to my home town, to provide a space for the citizens of Charlotte to reconnect with nature and heal.
My plan, to use all of the skills I spent developing over the past decade to develop a community space offering a wide variety of programs to help enrich the lives of members of the community. In March of 2020, at the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was offered the opportunity to help found and run a new start-up non-profit organization in Charlotte, NC. I left my job in the wilderness and returned to my hometown and started Greatwoods Nature Inc, a non-profit nature and wellness center in East Charlotte.
I was excited to create this space that could help so many people reconnect with themselves and nature while also preparing to launch a private practice to support teenage boys, men, and fathers.
After almost 2 years of running Greatwoods Nature as Executive Director, I was ready to focus all my attention to my clinical work, so I stepped away from my position and launched Take Action Counseling & Consulting PLLC. And the rest, as they say, is history! When I’m not working with my clients or learning about new ways to support them, you can find me fly fishing the rivers and streams of Western North Carolina, hiking with my fiancé Emily and blue heeler Jasper, cheering on the Panther’s, and reconnecting with the city of my youth.
Teens today have a variety of mental health challenges that can make it really hard for them to feel successful or have a positive self-regard. Whether your son struggles with ADHD, depression, anxiety, or challenges with behavior; we believe we can help him process his thoughts and feelings in order for him to make choices that are in-line with his values. As a parent of a teenage boy, it can be challenging to support your son as he navigates these issues, especially if he does not believe there is a need for change or growth. We believe that we can connect with your son in a way that helps him feel safe and respected as a young adult man and empower him to want to make these changes for HIMSELF.
As men, we are often taught, whether by society or people we know, that it is not OK to ask for help or talk about our feelings. At Take Action Counseling, we are ready to show you and the world, that you deserve the ability to have someone help and support you. Maybe you want to examine your life, beliefs, behavior patterns, and relationships in order to work towards living a life where your choices and values are aligned. You may recognize that something is missing in your life, or you are feeling stuck. You may feel as if you know where you want to be but don't know how to get out of your own way. You might feel as if the stresses of everyday life, job, relationships are just too much to bear. Maybe you tried talk therapy in the past and struggled sitting in some stuffy office and would rather benefit from utilizing the therapeutic benefits of nature to help you in your journey.
Group counseling, our opinion is one of the most powerful and effective forms of therapeutic support. Group therapy provides a space for individuals who share similar goals, struggles, and desire for growth to connect with each other in a way that normalizes our experiences. These experiences can often feel unique to ourselves until we connect with other’s who share similar experiences. We plan on offering a variety of groups for teens and adult men. Please stay tuned and sign up for our mailing list and follow us on social media for announcements about new and upcoming group offerings. If there is a particular group that you would like to see offered, please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know. We are always open to suggestions on ways to help our community!Available Groups
Online or in-person, this is designated for individuals to process and explore their thoughts. Typically, meetings start out weekly but could eventually shift to bi-weekly.
Private pay only
60 mins | $150
Stay tuned for information about new groups as they launch.
The federal “No Surprises Act” grants consumers the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much their medical and mental health care will cost. Under the law, health care providers, including psychotherapists, must give clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for treatment services.The act also requires healthcare providers, including psychotherapists, to inform their clients of this right. Additionally, this act requires that information regarding the availability of a “Good Faith Estimate” must be prominently displayed on the website of all health care providers, including psychotherapists.
You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services.
You can ask all of your health care providers, including your therapist and other providers from whom you seek treatment, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service.If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises/.