Prior to my life with Christ, I was headed in a destructive direction. My life was consumed by addictions-specifically alcohol, marijuana and sex. I had no identity apart from this. I attended college as an animal science/wildlife major, but my main focus was to support my addictions. This continued to be more apparent the longer I stayed in college, but my response was to ignore the problem and feed the addiction. I had moved far away from whatever knowledge I had of God because I perceived that living right was the only way to reach Christ and I could not live up to that.
After seven years in college and enslavement to my false self, God began to reveal himself to me in areas of my weakness that I was no longer able to mask over. He led me to fellowship with other believers and to study Scripture. This began a transformation in my life that I had never imagined. Within a few months I was miraculously free of the addictions and was discovering a new identity in Christ. He quickly began to speak to my heart about working with people, and He was patient in walking me through my own struggles in this area. A year and a half later He called me into counseling specifically and I followed. This journey has been magnificent, and I could not imagine doing anything else.
I am a licensed professional counselor. I consider my efforts as a counselor inadequate apart from the grace and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been called into this ministry and I am blessed and humbled to go to work each day and see Christ working in people’s lives in a very intimate way. I earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2004.
I have maintained a private practice since 2007 in Stephenville, TX. I have worked with both inpatient and outpatient facilities including Adapt of Texas, Counseling Center of Ellis County, Summer Sky Inc., and Christian Counseling Centers of Utah. At these facilities, I worked with severe mental illnesses (anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia), addictions (sexual, drug, alcohol, etc.), duel diagnoses, and also counseled with families of these individuals. I currently work with individuals, families, and couples in broad range of interpersonal and psychological issues. I work with the client to seek how God's unconditional love and His indisputable grace through Jesus Christ impacts their personal situation and their everyday life.
I began counseling in Utah November 2011, just three months after the Lord placed on my heart and my wife’s heart that he was leading us to the Wasatch Valley area. My special interests include spiritual/faith related issues, depression, anxiety, various addictions (including alcohol, substance and sexual,) dual diagnosis, lack of self-worth and legalism, struggles with anger and/or bitterness, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar, eating disorder, and life transition issues. General practice areas include adults and adolescents in individual, couple/marriage, LGBTQ affirming, and family counseling.
I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, since 2001, and a precious daughter, since 2007. We are looking forward to many more years of life together. We enjoy the outdoors including hiking, camping, fishing and archery-and we have been adding various winter sports to this list.