“Often, healing requires confrontation and changing mindsets.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started out to become a pastor of a Christian church. I soon realized that secular or Christian, people have the same issues of developmental stagnation and need to find ways to their higher selves.
What should someone know about working with you?
The first thing we do in a therapeutic relationship is establish what the problem is. Then we start exploring ways to eradicate the problem. Sometimes, this means homework. Often, healing requires confrontation and changing mindsets.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always looking for ways to improve my skills to help clients. Participating in ongoing training is essential to keeping up with changes going on in the therapeutic community.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values instill in me that people are basically good. They have the ability to find solutions to their problems. They do not need to be spoon-fed but instead guided toward the right answers.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about telehealth, because it reaches those who would never do face-to-face therapy. It gives them a chance to resolve their issues and presents new challenges for therapeutic professionals.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I just wrote a book on the effects of mindfulness breathing in schools. It is being published and should be released soon. The research suggests that deep breathing can help clients with a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
“My core values instill in me that people are basically good.”