I grew up in the Northwest and went away to Northwest Nazarene College after high school, there meeting my wife, with whom I am still married, now after 25+ years. My college degree was in Social Work, and I landed a job in a residential treatment center for disturbed boys soon after. This was extremely difficult work, and one that prompted a move back into academia to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Oregon State University (go Beavs!). I worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Corvallis, Oregon for 5 years before the academic bug bit again, this time prompting a relocation to Newberg, Oregon to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at George Fox College. My classes, internship, and supervised residency focused on community mental health. I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, and families around a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, conduct problems, attachment disturbances, personality disorders, and various addictions. I have also extensive training and experience in personality and cognitive assessment.
These days, my focus is on helping my clients identify patterns of behavior, thinking, feeling, and relating to others which have been causing them problems. It is my belief that people are doing the best they can with the tools they have been given. The problem is, many people were not given adequate tools to succeed in life the way they want to. Sometimes, people can grow and figure out how to improve their lives on their own, or with the help of family, friends, or other resources. At other times, however, the available resources are not adequate and more help is needed. This is where therapy comes in. I see myself as a personal resource, designed to focus my energies exclusively on helping you, my client, identify faulty patterns and further the process of change.
A final note, many people are curious about their therapist’s religious or ethical affiliation. This is a fair question, given the nature of therapy. I am a Christian, and I strive to live out the example and words of Jesus Christ. Like him, I attempt to accept and assist all people regardless of background, even those with no religious preference.