Anxiety, Men’s issues,
Multi-culture, Identity issues
Modalities & Areas of Focus
LGBTQ+ , Multicultural Aware
There is a time for complexity and there is a time for simplicity. Between them is balance, which I try to work from and towards.
So why do I work from this aspect of balance? Growing up here as a native of the SF bay, I have seen the technology advancements and shift from nature that the bay has gone through and its struggle to find a new balance. My own journey mirrors this transformation. From a boy who was diagnosed with a learning disability that discourages growth, to an adult who graduated with a Bachelor in Creative Arts degree from San Jose State and a Master in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
That accomplishment alone is not the only part of my identity nor challenges that I’ve had to face on this path. As an African-American man, I’ve faced challenges of racism. And as a gay man, I’ve faced the challenges of homophobia. Yet it is through my spirituality that I found myself on the path that has led to the achievements that allow me to provide service in helping others find balance and growth in their lives.
I have provided five years of service through CHAC and Cassy, where I was a school-based counselor for elementary, middle school, and high school students. In addition, I have worked through CHAC’s community clinic, providing services to individuals, couples, adolescents, and groups.
Untangle and Grow is the next evolution on this path to providing services for people to find their own balance, with the hope of becoming untangled from the shadows that hold them and grow into the light.
Symbols, Meanings, and a Name
Untangle and Grow Counseling draws its name from the concepts and principles from the Adinkra Symbols. The Adinkra symbols hail from the the Ashanti and Akan kingdoms of West Africa, which today span from Senegal to Nigeria. Each symbol of the Adinkra, represents a collection of relate concepts around an ideal. To wear, use, or be given an Adinkra is to call on and/or embody the those ideals in life and practice.
The symbol Mpatapo, is also known as the Knot of Reconciliation. This symbol forms a square that continually feeds in on itself. Which often described the nature of the problems/difficulties that tangles up and stops people from living to their fullest. The Knot of Reconciliation’s concepts are reconciliation, peacemaking, pacification, and hope. Once these concepts have been explored and engaged, the knot/difficulty/problem is no longer feeding in on itself. This symbol inspire the “Untangle” in Untangle and Grow, because we are working to untangle from whatever is causing difficult in life.
The other symbol is Aya, which is also know as the Fern. This symbol has a variety of variation, all of which are some form of a fern’s stem and leaves. The concepts around the symbol of the Fern, are endurance, resourcefulness, and hope. If you look in nature, ferns grow in shadow, on the side of a rock wall, and the difficult places. It is also one of the hardest of plants in nature, and where the fern grows , there is hope for more life . This symbol inspires the “Grow” in Untangle and Grow, because after untangling from a difficulty, that may feel like a battle zone/wasteland the possibility of life or growth there is something to encourage, guide, and celebrate.