About Me

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Taylor University

  • Masters of Arts in Counseling, Trevecca Nazarene University

  • PhD in Clinical Counseling, Trevecca Nazarene University

 

Specialized Training:

  • EMDR (Level 1 & 2)

  • Trauma Focused CBT

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Brainspotting (Phase 1 & 2)

 

Personal:

When I was 10, I told my parents I wanted to be a counselor.  This occured after a visit to my uncle's office, a counselor, who had the most exciting office I had ever seen.  There were bookshelves with games, a comfortable couch, and a large bowl of candy on the coffee table.  I was hooked.  Although my reasons for wanting to be a counselor have changed over the years, my passion for counseling has remained.

 

In 2009, my wife and I moved from Northwestern Ohio, where I had served as a staff pastor for 5 years, to pursue my dream of becoming a counselor.  After completing the coursework for my Masters Degree in 2010, I began seeing clients at a faith based, non-profit counseling center in Franklin TN.  In 2011, I opened my private practice, working with individuals, couples, and families.

 

As a counselor, I often hear my friends and family ask how I am able to handle such "depressing" work.  They say that of course, in reference to the fact that I work so closely with clients that are hurting.  However, my response to them is that while it can be very difficult hearing about others who are hurting, there is so much hope and celebration involved in this work.  The privilege of being able to be a part of someone's healing and restoration is life giving and an incredible honor.  It is why I love being a therapist,

 

When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and sons, connecting with my friends and church family, rooting for my beloved Chicago sports teams, and staying physically active with pretty much anything that involves a ball.

 

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