I believe that God is present in each moment in your life and will be present during your counseling journey. You don’t have to struggle alone. Help is available; you only need to ask. One of my greatest passions is working with individuals who have experienced various types of trauma. I have seen the effects of trauma stealing joy from people’s lives, but I have also witnessed people overcome those effects to the point where they can experience joy and a fulfilling life again because of God’s wonderful work in their lives. I would be honored to help you find that sense of joy and fulfillment that you seek.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
Counseling is not just my career. It’s my passion. One of my goals is for you to discover how refreshing it is to find someone who understands what you’re going through. Perhaps you couldn’t sleep again last because that nightmare keeps haunting you about that event that you wish would go away. Maybe you battle to get out of bed every morning. You keep telling yourself you’ll be okay. I get it. It’s okay to not be okay. My desire as your counselor is to help you find hope and joy again, with God’s help.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
During your session you’ll find a warm environment offering hospitality, hot coffee or tea (or water if you wish), and an assortment of snacks if you desire. I work to create a living room environment where you can leave your concerns each week when you finish your session. The time we spend is for you to discuss whatever you may need. I will listen with compassion and walk with you toward a place of lasting healing and hope.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
Hope is essential to being able to make it another day. That’s why I believe that our relationship with God brings more peace, love, and light into our lives than anything else can. If you’re comfortable doing so, we will spend time in prayer, believing wholeheartedly that God, the Great Counselor, will meet us where we are and restore hope into your life. With His help and guidance during our sessions, you can find the support and learn the tools and techniques needed to overcome the concerns you face.
Qualifications & Experience
I received my graduate education from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I graduated in April 2015 with my MA in Forensic Psychology and in August 2018 with my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In December 2007, I graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with my BA in Psychology.
I have also received formal certification from the International Association for Trauma Professionals as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and will be working toward my Clinical Trauma Expert certification in the next few years.
I have been working in the social services field since 2004, starting with a summer camp for children with special needs all the way to providing school-based mental health services.
My Call to Christian Counseling
My desire to be compassionate toward others during times of hardship has always been a significant motivator. I enjoy public speaking and was determined to become a motivational speaker. During my freshman year in college, I decided I wanted to pursue a career that had a deeper impact on an individual level. This began my journey toward becoming a counselor.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
When I’m not finding opportunities to counsel others, I can be found at home with my wife, Emily. We have been married since 2015. My passions and hobbies include spending time in nature, either at the beach or in the forest. I am an avid computer geek and have built my own systems. I love the thrill of exploring new worlds.
My life experiences have tuned my heart to connect with trauma, since I have a physical disability that makes it hard for me to walk long distances without getting tired easily. This shapes my view of activities that I can enjoy physically. However, I have chosen to not let my disability limit the activities I can do, and in the last two years I have chosen to begin using my shiny blue wheelchair to help myself get around.
Areas of Expertise/Specialties
- Sexual Abuse
- Grief and Loss
- Abandonment and Neglect
- Anger Management
I specialize in offering trauma-informed care through overcoming past abuse of all kinds (sexual, emotional, financial, and physical abuse, neglect, traumatic stress due to living environment or work environment, etc.).
My passion is to help clients overcome trauma. I have been trained specifically to understand how it feels when trauma takes you down and won’t let go. I understand a lot of the areas in which trauma can creep up in your life and steal your joy every day. Though counseling and with the Lord’s enabling, my desire is for you to feel alive again.
Grief and Loss
Many times we experience events that shake us to our core when faced with unexpected losses. This leads to feelings of immense sadness, often known as grief. I invite you to join me in exploring the sadness and memories of your loved ones as we work through your grief journey.
I offer assistance with anxiety to help you experience peace in your spirit through building your trust in God for your hope and joy. Often in life, we encounter stress and fear for events in our future. I will work with you to develop resilience and reliance on the wholeness of God’s love and His readiness to carry our burdens.
It’s my desire to help you make sense of the world when you’re frequently feeling “disorganized and busy.” These are common feelings and often mean that you approach the world through a different lens than others. This energy is a God-given part of who you are and we can work on bringing peace back to your life, with God’s help.
Abandonment and Neglect
God did not intend for us to be alone nor abandoned. Instead, He calls us into relationship with Himself. I seek to help you work through experiences from past relationships or family issues which led you feeling lost and unwanted. We will work through seeking God’s view of you and His love for you as well as helping you accept who you are as His beloved masterpiece.
It’s my passion to be able to help you address and find ways to reduce feelings of anger in your life. Often, being exposed to feelings of injustice around you can cause anger to well up. We can work through finding ways to communicate those feelings. Through God’s peace, we will find ways to revive that calm in your life.
Sessions: I offer 53-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.
Availability (by office location):
- Arlington – Tuesday, and Thursday
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Couples, Children, Adolescents, & Families looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to some insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at [email protected] or (425) 200-0676.
Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate a majority of insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover individuals, couples and families.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.