Neil has been in the substance abuse and mental health fields since 1976. Presently he contracts with a human services department and school district in Wisconsin and provides therapy services to people of all ages. A life-long learner, Neil obtained a Master’s Degree in 1975 in Family and Child Development from Kansas State University. Since then he’s studied the ACEs work, as well as interpersonal neurobiology and provides trauma-informed care. His work has focused on serving rural areas, and he’s been in private practice since 1995, where he enjoys working with children, adolescents and their families. Neil has historically used music, poetry (lyrics) and humor, as well as focusing on the strengths within his clients and his belief that each person has their own story to tell and individual path to recovery. He also previously worked with a school district that went on to develop a trauma informed approach in working with students.