Ken comes to Stone Catchers with 21 years of experience as a clinical therapist and addiction counselor. His journey began in 1997, when he registered at Harold Washington College-Chicago in the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Program, after spending the previous 22 years as a union painter for the Chicago Board of Education and various union contractors. He graduated with an Associate in Applied Science-High Honors and Class Valedictorian in May of 1999. From there, he continued his education at National Louis University in Wheaton, and in August of 2002, he achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Behavioral Science. In June of 2015, he obtained his Master's Degree in Counseling from National Louis University in Lisle, Il.
Ken has a long history of 12-step recovery, as he entered the program on June 30, 1989, and now has over 31 years in recovery, which has been a strength for him in helping clients suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Ken has been a practicing Mahayana Buddhist for the past 14 years, studying at the Vajrayana Buddhist Center in Oak Park and culminating with being a branch teacher in Naperville for almost two years. One of his favorite spiritual quotes is "The only thing constant in life is change."
His specialties include addiction, relationships, and mindfulness/meditation/spirituality, but he also works with clients suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, life stressors, trauma, grief and loss, and personality disorders. His clinical approach includes: Rogerian, Existentialism, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoanalytic, and Solution Focused Therapy. In his spare time, he enjoys playing acoustic guitar, writing songs, and singing. as he was a professional musician for over 40 years, playing solo, in duos, trios, and full bands. He also enjoys working out with weights and machines, mountain climbing, and snorkeling, and swimming.