My name is Wes, and I am grateful you are here.
Professional Counselor Associate, MA, NCC
I hold a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and became a registered dietitian. I then spent six years in medical sales.
In 2006, I opened a pet salon in Hermosa Beach, California. We sold pet retail products, doggie daycare, pet grooming services—and appeared on The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. (Fun stuff!)
In 2010, I opened an advertising business which I operated for ten years.
In 2018, I began volunteering at a crisis intervention center. I enjoyed this work and earned a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Northwestern University. I am a Professional Counselor Associate who is working towards full licensure. I am supervised by Karen Van Acker, LPC.
My passion is family. I have an incredible (and extremely patient) partner who I’ve been with for 20 years. We have an amazing young son who I love with every cell in my body.
I am also a Little League coach, food-cart connoisseur, cyclist, swimmer, friend, wanna-be chef, true crime buff, writer, mistake-maker, voracious reader, and hopefully a down-to-earth guy.
I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Shame-Informed Therapy. I believe that counseling should be a space to talk and gain insight to feel better. But I also believe that counseling is a place to learn tools so we get better.
I value creativity, compassion, courage, kindness, collaboration, loyalty, humility, reliability, authenticity, and vulnerability.
If I had a billion dollars, I would live the same life I’m living. I am extremely grateful and fortunate to have work I enjoy, a family I adore, friends I connect with, good health, hobbies that keep me busy, perspective on my flaws, appreciation for my strengths, and humility to be the best me I can be.
If you feel we may be a good fit, call or email me and we can schedule a time to talk. Thank you for getting to know me! I wish you and your loved ones good health and happiness.