- Christian spiritual direction and formation
- marriage counseling
- dating relationships
- men’s issues
- pornography, sexual identity
- finding purpose/direction
- mood disorders
- parent/child relationships
- premarital counseling (Sam is SYMBIS and Prepare and Enrich certified)
- pet loss
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
Therapy, to me, is about facing obstacles. The will to face an obstacle in your life is the first step to overcoming it. Asking for help from a therapist is a great first step, and if you’re reading this right now I’m honored to help you as you begin this journey!
My desire as your therapist is to take the willpower that you already display when you walk in and amplify it through active, non-judgmental listening. I am here to accept who you are as a person, sit with you in pain and discomfort, and help you discover what God is trying to do in your life. I believe that these things, as well as some laughter along the way (hey, I like to have fun when possible!), will truly give you the tools to get through the obstacles you are facing in life.
Asking questions is a great way to begin your journey to healing and recovery. You can expect me to ask you questions in our sessions helping you to explore your thoughts, emotions, actions, and feelings in a safe environment. If you would like to take it slow on the soul-searching, that’s great! If you want to dig deep into the depths of your soul right away, we can do that too! I’m here to go at your pace–you will not be rushed, but you also will not be bored!
What to Expect in Therapy
If you are a couple, I will be here for you both and listen to you equally and respectfully. We will find the tense parts of your relationship and face them head-on. We will look at your differences and how they impact your relationship, as well as learn the tools to make sure that when those differences arise you know how to address them as a team.
If you are parents, I am here to listen and to help you learn! There is a language that teenagers speak, often consisting of current social trends, social media verbiage, and quick cultural shifts due to the increasing use of technology. This teen language can seem completely foreign, creating tension in the parent/child dynamic. I want to help you speak their language! Experience has taught me that if you know where to look and which questions to ask, it becomes easier to understand one another. My main goal is to bridge the gap between you and your child so that you can restore communication and relationship.
If you are a teenager, if you made it this far, then props to you! I encourage you to keep reading. I’m not trying to be a cool guy who wants to be your friend–sorry, but I don’t want to be your friend; I want to listen to you. My time with people your age has taught me that there are not many adults who truly listen to what you are going through. So that is what I am going to do: listen.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
My love for families and couples stems from one specific time in high school. I was on the newspaper team as a writer and I created a page that was all about relationships: how to have great friendships, how to get along with your parents, and how to date healthily. Of course, I was 18 and had no idea how to do any of those things, so I interviewed people each week to get a more mature perspective. It was such a blast that I knew I wanted to work with families and couples for the rest of my life.
I am currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. I previously worked with a ministry as part of a speaking team that traveled around the United States and Canada for two years. We would speak at high schools about social media, technology, pornography, suicide, dating, parent relationships, and so much more. This ministry taught me how to “speak teen.” I was interacting with teenagers and parents on a daily basis. It was an invaluable experience–one that I carry with me when I work with teenagers and parents today.
I moved to Colorado six years ago and have been loving every bit of it! I camp, hike, mountain bike, and ski. I got married last year to my wife, Ashleigh, who was my girlfriend in high school. We went separate ways, but God brought us back together 8 years later here in Colorado. We love to explore the outdoors with our Entlebucher Mountain Dog (it’s a real breed) named Leika and we are about to get another puppy! We love dogs and the outdoors, so we are thankful God has placed us in the most beautiful state there is!
“The only way out is through.” – Fritz Perls
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