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    Get to know me

    Education and Qualifications

    Human Stuff

    I met my wife when we were ten years old and we have been married since 1988. We have three awesome adult daughters and a beautiful granddaughter.

    I was a pastor from 1994-2016 and retired from the ministry in 2016 to focus on counseling full-time. I have my own ideas about God and faith, and love to discuss those issues, but have absolutely no need for other people to think what I think or believe what I believe. I’m here to help you figure out how to be you!

    Perhaps one of the most important things about me is that I see good in all people and believe anyone who wants to improve themselves can do so. New clients pretty consistently report I put them at ease very quickly.

    People seem to like my sense of humor and, for me, that’s a hugely important part of therapy. This can be hard work sometimes, and people are carrying heavy burdens. It’s nice when moments come along when we can laugh and enjoy one another’s company.

    As far as hobbies, I play most of the traditional rock instruments (drums, guitar, bass, keyboards). I read and listen to podcasts constantly. I never stop learning. Ever. Ever! And I completely love technology and movies. And I know this is more a professional thing, but I love teaching more than anything in the world. More about that below if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

    Teaching and Supervision

    I teach in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Spring Arbor University, served for nine months as the Interim Clinical Director of that program, and supervise post-grads during their required 3,000 hours of supervised practice before they can be fully licensed.

    Associations and Memberships

    Classes Taught

    Master's in Counseling program

    • Counseling Theories
    • Counseling Techniques
    • Crisis Counseling
    • Developmental Issues in Counseling
    • Aspects of Grief and Loss
    • Career Counseling
    • Psychopathology (abnormal psychology)
    • Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning
    • Practicum
    • Internship

    Master of Family Studies program

    • Mental Illness and the Family
    • Cultural Issues in Family Life

    Bachelor in Family Life Education program:

    • Race, Poverty, and Social Class
    • Introduction to Interviewing
    • Abnormal Psychology

    Associate of Arts program:

    • Intro to Philosophy

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