“My counseling style is warm and interactive; I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion without judgment or labels.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My wife is also a behavioral health counselor specializing in addiction. I left a very lucrative career to work in the schools and studied school counseling as a graduate student. After earning my master's degree in counselor education and working as an academic advisor, I was approached while I was walking my wife’s dog by a Franciscan nun who was the manager at a neighborhood child guidance clinic. Sister offered me an immediate interview at her clinic while I was in my jeans and sweatshirt and as the dog witnessed the interview! I was offered a job as a counselor in a school-based program. After several years working with youth and families, I began working with youth experiencing issues with inappropriate sexual and abnormal behaviors. This morphed into working with adults demonstrating criminal behaviors (including sexual offenses). I now work with the general population experiencing mental health and addiction issues as well as trauma.
What should someone know about working with you?
My counseling style is warm and interactive; I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion without judgment or labels. My approaches combine cognitive behavioral, humanistic, motivational, and rational-emotive counseling. I also use collaborative and systematic approaches to help my clients. I engage in role play with my clients as well as assign homework so they can see how their behavior changes develop over time.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that we need to take care of ourselves physically, psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally in our productive and nonproductive times. It is challenging and difficult to care for others when we are unable to care for ourselves. All of us on this planet are entitled to and deserving of safety, attention, peace, and love. All of us have the ability to dream and achieve great things!!
What makes you a good counselor?
One of the things that make me a good counselor is my ability to coach, teach, and train. I have over 45 years of experience coaching intermediate and advanced ten-pin bowlers (several have become successful players). I also have several years of experience teaching in colleges. I use those experiences to help shape a client's ability to move from being stuck toward being productive and developing a sense of self-care (especially emotionally and behaviorally).
“My approaches combine cognitive behavioral, humanistic, motivational, and rational-emotive counseling.”