Hi, I'm Will!
My work is an expression of my love for people, relationships, and communities.
I believe that people are capable of achieving their very best. My ability to honor the complexity of individuals and relationships—including partnerships, families, and communities—is a significant gift that I bring to my work as a therapist. I am also passionate about social justice, and I understand the realities, complexities, and impacts of oppression, privilege, and power on everyday life. I practice in a way that is culturally-grounded (and with a hell of a lot of humility about experiences that are not my own and a willingness to own my mistakes and repair them with you) so that you can bring the wholeness of your self and your relationships to our work together.
I know what it is like to live in a world that does not value integral parts of my whole self.
I know what it's like to not have all of my identities—including my gender, my sexuality, my attachment and trauma histories, and my experiences as a highly sensitive person in an overstimulating world—honored when seeking out my own individual and relationship therapy. After far too many unsupportive and even harmful therapy experiences, I finally started working with an individual therapist who was attuned, affirming, and genuinely caring. Through building that therapeutic relationship intentionally and collaboratively, I learned to trust and lean into the support that I was being offered, and my continued personal work with my therapist is a significant resource in my work with my own clients. My commitment to provide inclusive and affirming therapy services has been greatly influenced by these experiences.
My own healing journeys and the exploration of my identities and desires are part of what led me to my current work as a therapist. My experiences have taught me to connect with people with compassion and empathy, whether the struggles experienced are shared or unique.
I am authentic, friendly, and totally human.
I wouldn't ask my clients to do anything that I wouldn't also do, and I will show up with my whole self in the therapy room alongside of you: mistakes, goofy faces, nerdiness, and all. Whether we're crying, laughing, swearing, or all of the above, I will be there fully with you.
My wisdom and understanding haven't just come from a classroom or books, but also from my own challenges and growth in life, relationships, and healing. I'm a country kid in origin and at heart, born and raised with a working-class, East Coast directness that has only been tempered slightly by many years in the Midwest and over five years in Denver.
When I am not in the office, I am usually outside finding new treasures for my rock collection, fully absorbed in a science fiction or fantasy novel (especially if it's written by Octavia Butler or Ursula K. Le Guin), or experimenting for hours at a time in the kitchen because food is my first love language. I also own more varieties of hot sauce than anyone else I know.
Oh, and if you're wondering: they/them/theirs are my gender pronouns. For example: "Will is my therapist, and I enjoy working with them. They have a ridiculous number of plants in their office." If you have questions about this (or anything, really), just ask!
Education and Professional Experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado (CSW.09925791) and a Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. I’m also continuing to receive supervision in the areas of Marriage and Family Therapy, Sex Therapy, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy. I bring many years of experience working in the sexuality field to my current work as a therapist. My previous work as a sexuality educator focused on pleasure-based sex education that was inclusive of all bodies, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities/disabilities. I provided consultations and education for adults (both individuals and partners), facilitated sexuality trainings for therapists and therapy students, and I also facilitated a sex-positive, comprehensive sex education program for youth.
I moved to Denver over six years ago and built upon my experience in the sexuality field by seeking further education to become a therapist. I'm a proud first-generation college student. I achieved my Master of Social Work from the University of Denver, where I focused on clinical work with couples, partners, and families. While completing my graduate degree, I worked as a bilingual (Spanish/English) social worker at Clínica Tepeyac, an integrated healthcare clinic where I focused on increasing the quality of their care of transgender and non-binary clients. I also completed a postgraduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy through the Denver Family Institute, an accredited marriage and family therapy postgraduate training center here in Denver.
My previous educational experience includes a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2007. I also have received both training and mentorship in trauma recovery, healing, and mind-body and holistic approaches to therapy.
Additional Trainings Completed:
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I Training for the Treatment of Trauma: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Externship
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Core Skills
Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Extending an Attachment-Based Model to Therapy with Individuals
Application of EFT with Trauma
Integrating EFT and Sex Therapy
Restoring Resilience: Discovering Your Clients' Capacity for Healing through AEDP
Mindfulness Techniques for Sex Therapy
Attachment-Focused Work for People who Qualify for a Borderline Personality Diagnosis
Sex for Sale: Supporting Sex Workers in a Therapeutic Setting
Race is a Body Image Issue
Polyamory and Other Open Relationship Styles
When Sexuality Becomes Dependent on Substance Abuse
Male Sexual Fluidity: Is He Gay, Bisexual, Straight or Somewhere In Between?
Narrative Conversations: Helping Clients Reconstruct Taboo
Imaginable Sexual Bodies: Trans Sexualities, Erotic Embodiments and the Recentering of Pleasure
Reclaiming Bodies, Reclaiming the Self: Addressing Body Image in Sex Therapy
Beyond Sensate Focus
I regularly facilitate workshops and trainings, offer guest lectures, and provide professional consultation in the areas of gender identity, sexuality and sexual orientation, polyamory and non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM. Please contact me if you are a clinician, educator, medical professional, or organization interested in training or consultation, or read more here.
I come to my practice as a therapist with ample experience in community organizing and social justice work. I maintain a deep passion for and commitment to this work because I view it as interconnected with my values and approach to therapy.
Currently, I am an organizer with the Denver chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), working to mobilize white people into action within a multi-racial movement for racial justice and against white supremacy. I have also formerly worked as a volunteer facilitator and trainer with Survivors Organizing for Liberation (SOL), an organization dedicated to eliminating all forms of violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Colorado.
I love that my work as a therapist supports people to build stronger and deeper connections in our partnerships, friendships, and family relationships so that we can also build stronger and deeper connections in our communities. I believe in working together to build the kind of world we want to live in, and that part of that work happens when we create spaces for our own healing and growth.
What questions do you have for me?
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of good therapy. Give me a call at (720) 507 1706 if you want to chat more about working together or how we can create space for your whole self in my therapy office.