MDiv, DMin, MS, LPC
Transformation, power, change. In fairy tales, naming the monster was often the first step in conquering it. In therapy, naming the problem can often be the first step in solving it.
With over 20 years of counseling experience, first as an ordained Christian pastor and now as a Licensed Professional Counselor, I specialize in working with a broad range of people of all ages who are suffering and seeking positive change in their lives. During this time, I have developed an interactive approach in which we work together to address your goals, dreams, and vision.
The power of the spoken word can bring healing and joy into our lives, but it depends on the words we use and how we use them. Talking about issues and situations in a positive therapeutic setting can help. Changing negative thoughts, beliefs, and actions can have a profound impact on us, our family, and our friends. What words define your life at this moment? Depressed, anxious, tired, purposeless, grieving… or joyful, content, independent, or fulfilled?
Words help us to put the past behind us and move toward a new future of possibility and hope. Words can build up or tear down relationships. Words are means by which we can argue our point, ask for forgiveness, express our love, and discover our dreams. At its heart, therapy is about finding the right thoughts, words, and actions to become the person you want to be.
My professional expertise has gained insight from personal experiences such as divorce, remarriage, and a blended family made up of 6 beautiful children: biological, adopted, and stepchildren, who have taught me a great deal about children and families. I hold a Master of Divinity from Duke University, where I currently serve as emeritus member of the Board of Visitors; my Doctorate of Ministry is from Wesley Theological Seminary, where I focused my studies on religious literature; and, finally, my Master of Psychology is from Lamar University. I received training in Family Systems Theory in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Post Graduate Seminar in Family Emotional Process. I also am certified to teach meditation from Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.