Adam is a licensed psychotherapist, and co-director of Enliven Psychotherapy. He is particularly passionate about working collaboratively to increase a feeling of safety in the body. Adam is trained in and commonly utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and is the creator of The Democratic Youth Engagement (DYE) Model, the values and style through which he employs his clinical work. Adam works clinically with adolescents and children (ages 5-18), and also with survivors of spiritual abuse (5 and older).

Adam has experience developing relationships with adolescents and children of varying cultures, as well as adolescents and children of varying abilities. He has worked professionally in school settings, summer camps, after school programs, arts organizations, athletic settings, day treatment centers, correctional facilities, and residential treatment centers. For over ten years Adam combined his passions for healing and the arts, serving as Founder and Artistic Director of blank slate theatre, a personal growth-oriented theatre for adolescents in Saint Paul, Minnesota. While there, he collaborated with culturally and ability diverse adolescents to produce over two dozen theatre pieces centering on themes of mental health and social change, including the award-winning Disordered [thy name is teenager], and Bottom, a play on child sex trafficking. Adam also was proud to serve as chair of the “Safe Schools, Safe Students Conference,” which sought to address mental health issues in schools, innovate family involvement with schools, soothe peer aggression (bullying), and eliminate school shootings.

When not at Enliven, Adam practices yoga, watches scary movies, and listens to nerdy podcasts.

You can read his writings on cults, spiritual abuse, and coercive control on his blog, Leaky Buckets.


Abuse & Neglect in Childhood, ADD/ADHD, Addictions/Substance Abuse/Compulsions, Adolescents, Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Attachment Disorders, Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, Developmental Disabilities, Domestic Abuse, Children, Depression/Mood Disorders, Early Trauma Protocol, Family of Origin Issues, Family Therapy, LGBT Issues/Gender Identity, Performance/Creativity Enhancement, Phobias/OCD, Religious/Spiritual Concerns, Self-Mutilation, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence/Rape, Shame, Somatic Therapy, Stress Management, Trauma.

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