As a Louisville native, Dennis grew up being very involved in the Catholic Church. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with his bachelor's degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Clinical Social Work. He currently works at a non-profit public health clinic as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) where he conducts individual psychotherapy with patients. Dennis also has a part time private psychotherapy practice and is a certified personal trainer (CPT) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He takes pride in my non-judgmental, normalizing approach to therapy. He has worked in diverse settings such as inpatient mental health facilities, outpatient clinics and practices, college campuses and churches, and medical facilities. As a psychotherapist, Dennis has a worked with very different populations such as children, adolescents, families, adults (both college-aged and beyond), those who have a serious mental illness, those who are destitute and those who are not. He loves spending time with his daughter, who is the joy of his life. He has always been an advocate for those who are a minority in society especially when injustices take place. Dennis has worked a lot over the years in trying to reduce mental health stigma in various ways and this fire and passion has tranferred over to the GLBT community and the injustices in which we suffer. It is hard enough living in this world day by day, but even harder when you are trying to figure out who you are and what you want out of life with pressure from family, coworkers, and society in general. Hopefully, more small steps can be made towards the larger goals of ending injustices in our world.
The Ampersand symbolizes the solidarity we are building through Friends & Family, and suggests the inclusiveness we are working toward. It reflects the idea that no one individual, legislator, organization, or city can carry all the water for equality. Our success lies in our solidarity.