Welcome to my private practice. My role as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) is to help you recognize your needs and wants, and to offer you support during the process of healing and growth. My therapeutic philosophy is a strength-based approach that is based on my belief that you are the expert of your life. We will work together to discover the best way for you to find answers to your problems. I am a Christian, and generally, I counsel from a Christian perspective, but I will respect the wishes of each client who comes in my door whether they would like me to work from a Christian worldview or simply a neutral psychological perspective. Regardless, I look forward to our work together.
I grew up in West Michigan. I graduated from Hope College with a BA in Elementary Education and graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (Cornerstone University) with a MA in Counseling. I have professional counseling experience in youth residential and addiction residential settings along with counseling in another private practice for almost five years. My wife and I love learning the ins and outs of raising our two young children, and I enjoy running and serving at my church.
Areas of Specialties
Building a trusting relationship with clients is the first step toward healthy successful counseling. My specialties are in marital therapy (including pre-engagement and pre-marital counseling) and in sexual and substance abuse addiction counseling. My extensive training also allows me to see a wide variety of client issues including teens and adults struggling from anxiety, depression, stress, and a number of other situations due to unhealthy relationships, environments, and internal conflicts.
My passion is helping marriages thrive. I guide couples through a process of repentance, reconciliation, restoration and finally toward renewed commitment to their spouse. For those couples who have not yet said "I do", I provide pre-engagement and pre-marital counseling to help strengthen the marriage before it starts.
In addiction counseling, I help individuals find stability and support by examining past relationships and environments and building new healthy trusting relationships with an emphasis on personal responsibility and accountability.
In my private practice I provide services to individuals, couples, and families. Sessions involve an eclectic counseling approach including cognitive, choice, existential, behavioral and family systems theory. Clients are evaluated and assessed and a collaborative counseling plan is developed based on the client’s individual needs and desires. My education/experience includes the following areas: anger, anxiety, assertiveness, childhood issues, Christianity, communication skills, conflicts, couples, death & dying, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, marital/premarital, self-esteem, stress, and substance abuse.