About Kurt and His Professional Background
Kurt received his B.S. in Chemistry Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2003 after student teaching at Oregon High School, Malcolm Shabazz City High School, and Spring Harbor Middle School. Kurt then taught Chemistry, Physics, Math (and basketball) to high school girls and boys in Tanzania, working with the U.S. Peace Corps.
After coming home from Africa, Kurt worked for Argonne National Laboratory traveling to critical infrastructure sites around the country. Eventually, Kurt's interest in mind/soul processes led him to Oakland, California to pursue a master's degree in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Transpersonal Psychology. Kurt received his M.A. from John F. Kennedy University in 2012 and became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Wisconsin.
Working in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kurt worked as a counselor in environments that included an alternative high school, a community mental health clinic, a university counseling center, an assisted living facility, and a camp for young survivors of brain tumors and their families.
During his last two years in California, Kurt was a clinician on the Contra Costa Action Team, working with individuals experiencing psychosis, addiction, homelessness, and the criminal justice system. He built genuine therapeutic relationships with these individuals and their families and worked tirelessly to help them live safely in the community and to stop the difficult cycle of crises, hospitalizations, and incarcerations.
Kurt now provides counseling and psychotherapy to the Madison area through Big Heart Counseling, continuing his compassionate and collaborative work with individuals, couples, and families. His professional work is informed primarily by Humanistic Psychology, Existential Therapy, Art and Drama Therapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Constellation work, and Transpersonal Psychology. Kurt also volunteers with Agrace Hospice as a home companion.
Kurt’s teachers and mentors, to whom he is eternally grateful, have included Gunnar Nilsson, Neelama Eyres, Michael Schiesser, Marsha Hiller LMFT, Bob Shelby LMFT, Ryan Guetersloh LMFT, Shauna Hong LCSW, Jennifer Polse Payne LMFT LPC, Don Guiroy MD, and Armand Volkas LMFT RDT.