Consequently, it’s hard for many people to believe God rejoices when his children are living life to the fullest. However, it was Jesus who said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10b).
Counseling is one process where someone can hopefully engage for the first time, or once again, in the full life God has for them.
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
I have a kind, humorous, and hope-filled approach to partnering with any client who walks through my doors. I believe anyone is capable of discovering healing and getting onto the path they most desire. This is why I will never act like the expert on your life. Instead, I want to be a partner walking alongside you in this process–supporting you in this work of life change.
While I am optimistic everyone can achieve their goals, I also know therapy takes work. This is why I work hard to create a space where you will feel safe. I also choose to focus more on how you excel and less on what you may lack.
In my work with both couples and individuals, I want to help my clients connect with what they are feeling. I believe our greatest insights come from realizing what we are feeling and the cycles our emotions help create. Moreover, I also want to help clients break down belief systems they have created over a period of time and help them create new, more helpful ones.
What to Expect in Therapy
During our time together we will first dig into what your goals are. You know best what you need, and I want our time together to be as fruitful as possible. I will also want to explore your story (where you have come from, what your family was like, etc.). I don’t believe our issues happen in a vacuum, but are informed by our relationships and experiences. We will also integrate faith into our sessions in accordance with your comfort level.
I believe therapy takes work and is well worth the effort. Consequently, I will brainstorm with you to create “homework assignments” to help in your process of practicing what we talk about. These ideas could include journaling, initiating a discussion with specific people in your life, or an activity with you and your partner. Not only can homework make our sessions more meaningful, but can accelerate the healing process.
Qualifications and Experience
I completed my Masters of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. While I was a student at Colorado Christian University, I interned with Bridgepoint Counseling, a non-profit counseling center in Arvada, CO. While there, I worked with adolescents, couples (both married and pre-marital), and adult males. I am also trained in Motivational Interviewing.
Before entering into the counseling program at Colorado Christian University I spent 7.5 years in church ministry (2008-2015). All of those years were spent ministering to High School and Middle School students while also counseling engaged couples.
Personal Life and Interests
My wife and I have 3 wonderful little girls. Together, we like to travel, hike, camp, and play outdoors (when it’s not freezing…we’re from Arizona). My other hobbies include running, reading (I’m an avid Tolkien and C.S. Lewis fan), listening to music (my tastes range from Khalid to Coin to Crowder) and exploring Colorado.
I’m a HUGE fan of anything involving chocolate and peanut butter, and avoid country music like the plague.