- men’s issues
- substance use and addiction
- couples counseling
- military and first responders
- anger management
- stress management
- grief and loss
- porn addiction
- spiritual development
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” – Matthew 6:28
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
I believe that all people are different from each other. Everyone comes from different experiences, perspectives, beliefs, interests, and personalities. As a counselor, I look forward to getting to know all the differences in each client and customizing your experience in counseling to best suit your needs. It is my role as your counselor to create an environment that is warm, non-judgemental, accepting, empowering, and safe for you to address the things on your heart.
Trust and honesty are the essential foundations for any relationship–professional or personal. They are also essential for a therapeutic relationship. Because everyone is different, not every type of counseling approach works for everyone. I believe in utilizing what works best for you no matter what background you come from.
What to Expect in Therapy
Beginning therapy can be a difficult and scary experience. Being vulnerable to someone is difficult even among the closest of relationships. This is why I believe in establishing a warm and trusting environment for clients of all ages. I want you to feel free to ask any questions you like, and allow yourself to be as comfortable as you need to be. I can guarantee that I am going to support you in any growth areas that you are looking for.
Growth can come in many different forms, and may happen when you least expect it. That is why I believe that support should also come in many different forms as well. There will be occasions that counseling support can feel encouraging, or maybe even challenging. This is absolutely OK! Part of cultivating our trusting environment is knowing that when things get hard, in the end you will be cared for and come out in a better place.
I have a Biblical-based background and am happy to include spiritual aspects to your counseling experience as well, always to your comfort level. I also enjoy including your passions and skills into the counseling experience. These can include art, music, gardening, athletics, cooking, etc. Like I said earlier, growth can come in many different forms, and may happen when we least expect it!
Personal Qualifications and Experience
My career began working in youth ministry. I have a B.A. in Christian Studies, with a minor in Philosophy and an emphasis on Biblical Literature and Youth, from Grand Canyon University. I spent ten years of some of the most fun and rewarding times in my life working with youth. I was able to work one-on-one as well as groups with adolescents and their families. I have gotten to know some incredible kids who have gone on to do incredible things with their lives.
I received my Masters of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling from Denver Seminary. During my internship, I worked at schools in district 20 as a school counselor, as well as at Mt. Carmel Veterans Center working with veterans and their family members. Most importantly, I had the opportunity to work with people from all kinds of ages, backgrounds, and stages of life. This is where my heart lies. It is my goal and passion in life to be able to partner with anyone and help them become the best person they can be.
Growing up, I loved any opportunity that gave me the chance to get out and get to know people. This is something that has not changed one bit as I have gotten older. Whether it’s getting together with friends to enjoy a good meal or playing a board game, I love having the chance to get to know people and their interests.
I also love to stretch my mind and learn new things. It will not be shocking to see me reading a good book (fiction or nonfiction) with a hot cup of tea. You may also find me watching YouTube videos about beekeeping, raising chickens, or communicating with a deaf dog. I love learning new things! I am also an avid baseball fan. I will go and watch any baseball game I can see (no matter who is playing). I especially enjoy making my way to Arizona for spring training games. I would love to be able to visit every baseball stadium in the MLB. I’m at 8 so far!
I am married and have two very loving dogs; Jack and Ruby. Jack is my all white boxer who was born deaf–he absolutely loves people and is the biggest cuddle bug. He wants so desperately to be a lap dog…a 65 pound lap dog. Ruby is a Heeler/Border Collie mix, who often acts as Jack’s companion, and she always has an awful lot to say! They absolutely love going for nice long hikes.
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“Heeded my words not, did you? Pass on what you have learned. Strength. Mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke, we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.” – Yoda
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda
“The answer to the Great Question…of Life, the Universe and Everything…is…Forty-two.” – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
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