My Approach to Helping
I am passionate about helping individuals, families, and couples move beyond their past hurts and current circumstances and begin to find healing and personal wellness. I believe the best way to approach our current internal and relational dysfunction is by examining both our personal narratives well as the systems and context within which we live our lives. By taking a whole life perspective to therapy we can move beyond temporary fixes to holistic wellness that positively impacts every area of our lives - mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally.
More Info About My Practice
I have graduated with a Masters degree in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC and am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina (#A12675). I work with adults of all ages and life stages, including individual, family, and couples therapy.
I have lived in the Harrisburg/Concord area since moving from Ohio with my wife in 2005. I have worked as a pastor for 11 years and this experience, along with my graduate program, has shaped my beliefs and practices as a counselor. I believe that when all areas of our lives are addressed equally then a lasting, meaningful change can occur in how we live, work, relate, and serve the world around us. I believe therapy isn't only about becoming mentally healthy in order to achieve peace of mind, but it allows us to improve our view of the world as a whole and better understand out role and function within it.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
I believe choosing the right therapist should not be a purely financial or physical proximity decision. One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, and the people in our lives, is to work on improving ourselves. As such, finding a counselor who seeks to understand our personality, how our experiences have shaped us, and what our goals are is vital. Having an ally who laughs, cries, challenges, and cheers you on is invaluable. I seek to build a trusting, meaningful relationship with each of my clients that gives room for them to grow at their own pace.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I take a holistic, systemic view of wellness. That means that I do not believe any aspect of our lives can be isolated from the other. For example, how much sleep we get has an impact on our mood the following day. Or if we have a fight with our spouse it can drive us to eat unhealthy food in response. These are just two brief examples. I believe if we approach our struggles as if they are isolated from each other we will be stuck fighting against the symptoms we can see rather than digging to the foundational issues that are keeping us unhealthy.