My Ideology - I’m a Christian Counselor. This means I’m trained to incorporate Scriptural principles from the Holy Bible into the counseling process to help those who are hurting, struggling, confused, angry, grieving, or who may be in need of clarification about things that are going on in life. Although I ascribe to Christian principles, I’ll also gladly work with those who are not Christians. My practice is a non-judgmental, safe place for you to find healing. Your experience in counseling is yours. I request clients indicate how they would prefer to handle the spiritual aspects of this process and then I tailor treatment plans accordingly. That being said, please know that I do pray for each of my clients in private because I believe in the power of prayer during the healing process.
Marriage and Family Counseling – I meet with clients, spouses, and children together to work through issues which are causing stress to the marriage and/or family relationship. I use methods developed by well-known therapists in the field of marriage, such as John M. Gottman, Michelle Weiner-Davis, and David Schnarch. I incorporate solution-focused counseling techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, and basic training regarding family-dynamics into treatment plans for marital and family issues. *It is sometimes necessary to meet individually with family members to acquire a better understanding of each point of view. This will be discussed and determined on a case-by-case basis.
Post Traumatic Stress Symptomology – As a retired law-enforcement officer, I understand the affects of traumatic stress on the ability to function in both personal and professional settings. I recognize PTSD symptoms and am able to help those experiencing dysfunction (sleep deprivation, nightmares, depression, fear of returning to status-quo, unconventional responses to certain stimuli, etc.) due to remnants of such traumatic occurrences. I employ cognitive behavioral techniques, as well as an eclectic mix of other techniques/theories which help confront these symptoms and strive to alleviate them.
Depression / Anxiety – Focusing on positives scenarios, healthy habits, and working to end damaging thought processes, I help to alleviate the crippling symptoms of depression and anxiety. I employ solution-focused, strength-based techniques, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques to help clients learn new ways of coping with stressful, sometimes unkind situations presented in life.
Grief and Loss / Life Transition – Everyone handles loss and change differently. A big part of moving forward is recognizing that experiencing abnormal feelings during these times is actually “normal.” I teach clients who are experiencing acute traumatic grief, lingering grief, and disappointment with life-transition new ways of viewing situations. With strategies that inform clients about the “typical” reactions to grief, education regarding stages of healing, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to re-train away from damaging thinking, I assist clients in moving forward with a newfound satisfaction - even when life may seem unfair.
Risky Behaviors / Addiction – I believe there are two conditions that must initially be met before healing from addictive behaviors can occur. First, there must be a safe, healthy, non-judgmental environment in which to work. Secondly, the client must be ready for change and willing to work hard and experience some discomfort in order to acquire ultimate gain and victory. I employ cognitive-behavioral techniques, strength-based strategies, and solution-focused theories to assist those battling addictions and redundant risky behaviors. I have experience with both youth and adults in these areas. I believe in the human will to change. If the client has a will to change - we can make progress together.
Small Group Therapies – Sometimes it’s helpful to connect with others who are experiencing the same types of symptoms, problems, issues, or challenges. Teen groups are helpful in addressing common issues such as academic/athletic stress management, peer pressure, relationships, grief, temptation, spiritual purity, etc. As groups are formed, information will be provided on the site. Groups will usually consist of no less than four (4) and no more than six (6) participants. This is to ensure the appropriate level of attention to each client member of the group. Groups usually last from 4-6 sessions, and last 75 minutes. Group-dynamic principles and eclectic counseling techniques are utilized in this setting so each member can leave with new tools to cope with the targeted issue.