I offer individuals and families the hope, insight and guidance necessary to increase awareness, responsibility and the power to create meaningful experiences that lead to a satisfying life. During my time with clients, I work from the inside out: building relationships, self-worth, and the skills necessary to navigate the social-emotional realm while shifting problematic behaviors and interactions to more positive expressions of wants and needs. The primary goal of my work is to help individuals and families seek understanding, create solutions, and restore well-being.
I utilize various therapeutic interventions and techniques within a humanistic perspective including CBT, expressive arts, play therapy, positive psychology, and mindfulness to promote positive changes within the client. I believe that each person holds unique value, has individual strengths, and is capable of growth and change. Addressing anxiety, depression, academic/social emotional, behavioral/attachment issues, divorce or illness in the family are a few examples of my work. I enjoy creating a positive therapeutic relationship with my clients through my personable character, humor, and genuine desire to help make a positive change in peoples’ lives.
In regards to my education and experience, I possess a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology from Missouri State University. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Before I became a counselor in 2015, I worked for seven years at a residential community agency specializing in providing therapeutic services in a 24/7-supervised facility for children and teenagers with acute emotional and behavioral problems. I also have four years of experience working as a Library Services Assistant at a public library where I provided targeted programs for youth and young adults. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and relaxing by a fireplace while reading on a rainy day.