Aaron is a Registered Associate Clinical Counselor (APCC) supervised by Dr. Thomas Lucking. Aaron holds a BA in Neuropsychology from Washington State University and a MA in Clinical Counseling from The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University. Aaron also has a CADT certification in drug, alcohol, and addiction treatment.
Aaron is a strengths-based and trauma-informed psychotherapist that employs an integrative style to therapy that is evidence-based, research supported, and rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existentialism, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Person-Centered approaches that explore the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships, and experiences. Aaron is an empathetic, kind, and intuitive counselor with a communication style that is genuine, non-judgmental, and centered on exploring potential areas for growth, positive change, relief from psychological distress, and overall emotional healing. Aaron makes effort to individualize treatment with consideration for cultural, interpersonal, and developmental influences world-view and impacts the way we interpret the world around us.
Aaron’s professional employment history includes over 20 years of experience in hospital patient advocacy/rights, social and family services, outpatient therapy, and various roles within community mental health and social justice. His non-professional interests include decades of experience as a jazz/rock/funk musician, portrait and landscape artist, photography, wood-working, outdoor sports, and 3D design.
Specialties & Practice Areas:
Anxiety Disorders Including: Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety, and General Phobias.
Depression and Suicidal Ideation
Trauma and PTSD
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Grief and Loss
Existential and Interpersonal Concerns
Career Counseling and Burnout
Clients: Adults, Teens, Veterans
Modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Existentialism/Humanistic/Person-Centered, and other appropriate evidence-based practices, Trauma-informed, Neurofeedback
- Santa Cruz Office
- Santa Cruz Walk and Talk
- Telehealth (video / audio)